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CHANGES IN REMEMBRANCE OF AN URNFIELD CREMATION CEMETERY, CERRO DE TRINCHERAS, SONORA, MEXICO

  • Jessica I. Cerezo-Román (a1), Silvia I. Nava Maldonado (a2), Carlos Cruz Guzmán (a2), James T. Watson (a3) and M. Elisa Villalpando (a2)...

Abstract

We explore the transformation of a site into a place of remembrance by evaluating the life history of an urnfield at Cerro de Trincheras, Sonora, Mexico. Prehispanic inhabitants used this cemetery as a cremation burial ground ca. AD 1300–1450. Memory of the cemetery persisted into historical times among inhabitants of the area, but its use changed. We argue that critical and contextualized approaches to cemeteries are needed to understand the complexity of how burial spaces are used through time.

Exploramos la transformación de un sitio en un espacio de rememoración mediante la evaluación de la historia de vida del cementerio de cremaciones en Cerro de Trincheras, Sonora, México. Los habitantes prehispánicos utilizaron esta área como un cementerio de cremaciones en torno a 1300–1450 dC. El recuerdo del cementerio continuó en tiempos históricos entre los habitantes de la zona, pero su uso cambió, y sólo fueron enterrados unos pocos infantes. Argumentamos que los acercamientos críticos y contextualizados a los cementerios son necesarios para reconstruir la complejidad del uso del espacio funerario a través del tiempo.

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