1188 Archaeological sites of the Chinchorro culture
This UNESCO document produced as part of the long term push for the nomination of this site seems to be a worthwhile "link" to put up http://www.unesco.org/fileadmin/MULTIMEDIA/FIELD/Mexico/chinchorro4_02.pdf
I have chosen the El Morro hill next to Chinchorro Beach after which the culture was named when mummies were found there - the hill has yielded and is still yielding numerous archaeological finds ( see - http://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2014/05/28/7000-year-old-mummy-found-in-chile/
) - whereas the beach is now ..... just a beach!
I have been unable to find the coordinates of ANY single significant and relevant archaeological site - and the UNESCO Web site T List description doesn't help. There seem no sense in just providing the coordinates of the city if it doesn't have any "remains" and it appears that Chinchorro remains relate more to the entire "Province of Antofagasta" than the city - and most sites lie significantly further North! Indeed the UNESCO document contains this "This mortuary practice persisted for nearly 4,000 years along the coast of the Atacama Desert from Ilo, Peru, to perhaps Antofagasta, Chile. Interestingly enough, current bioarchaeological data suggest that the cultural core of this mortuary practice was the Arica-Camarones region"
- so we would be looking for a single "type site" from one of the earlier "formative periods" for the culture and its predecessors rather than for a "genuine" Chinchorro site with mummies etc etc!!
But which "earlier" site???? The UNESCO report also states "Little evidence of the Formative Period has been found along the Antofagasta coast, possibly due to a lack of focused investigation"
The maps in the document don't suggest anything either! Any suggestions are welcome - Assif
- this is the sort of thing you often have knowledge about!!!!Els
- since it would seem likely that any final nomination would have a fairly large number of locations - many of which have not been separately identified in the T LIst description to date - AND that none of these would seem likely to include Antofagasta city per se, another approach might be to remove this location from our definition of the T List site and reduce that to just the 2 locations which definitely have some validity? Views?
For Camarones River
I have chosen the location where "In 2010, a monumental sculpture celebrating the Chinchorro Culture was inaugurated in the town as part of the bicentennial of the Chilean Republic. The sculpture is four and a half meters tall and weighs eight tons; it is located in the vicinity of the archaeological sites 'Camarones 14 and 15'."
So - the proposed coordinates are -
1 Arica -18.480362, -70.324019
2 Antofagasta (Remove as a "location"?)
3 Camarones River -19.197282, -70.266549