First Conference on Ethnohistory, Archaeology and Anthropology of the macro region of Tarija, Northwest Argentina and North Chile

The region between Northwest Argentina, defined here as the Puna and the Quebrada of Humahuaca, passing through the Altiplano of Sama, the valley of the rio San Juan del Oro and the Valley of Tarija reaching the Interandean Valleys on the North, and the Altiplano of Lipez and North Chile on the West, show diverse and complex interregional relationships which are developing continuously from the Formative period onwards up to the Inca domination of this macro region, and still working in colonial times and up to the present – identifiable in the ethnographic and anthropological realm.

In this context the macro region shows mutual internal and external relations which have not been analyzed thoroughly until today but whose significance and profoundness can be distinguished in many studies, which have been executed until the present day in the regions and societies that are part of the geographical region mentioned above.
From this point of view the possible relationships thereseems to exist a center of a geographic-cultural macro region in the area of the Valley of Tarija and its surrounding regions, where multiple cultural influences and exchanges are visible in the material and immaterial culture. This makes the region of Tarija one of the most promising representative areas of research for the macro region mentioned above.

The Society of History of Tarija, the Paleontological-Archaeological Museum of Tarija and the University of Bonn, Germany, with its Institute of Archaeology and Cultural Anthropology and its Department of Anthropology of the Americas, are deeply conscious of this fact and are preparing the “1st conference on Ethnohistory, Archaeology and Anthropology of the macro region of Tarija – Northwest Argentina – North Chile”, a scientific event that aims at studying and analyzing the different aspects of material an immaterial culture with an interdisciplinary perspective in order to find clues to an integral option of what have been separate disciplines and researches, divided by institutional and/or political borders. These borders didn’t exist in the past and even up to the present their presence is in some points questionable. They should be abandoned in order to better understand that what has been – and in some parts still is – a cultural reality.

The archaeology, ethnohistory and anthropology are disciplines that have investigated these cultural relationships in the last 30 years. Nevertheless, we are still on our way to an interdisciplinary, debated and dynamic exchange of results and interpretations. There is no space of debate for reseachers in this area and our results have been presented mainly in a dispersed way at national or international conferences. The Conference at Tarija aims to be such a space of debate, giving room to an intensive and interdisciplinary interaction, open to the presentation of new interpretations, new discussions and a fructiferous exchange of data and opinions.

The beforementioned institutions, well aware of the importance that the disciplines of Ethnohistory, Archaeology and Anthropology represent, propose to unite the professionals working in the macro region in order to unify criteria and to analyze different possibilities of future projects, and to discuss the origins and the development of an immense geographical zone that has been only sparsely investigated yet.

It’s the objective of the conference to put emphasis on the interdisciplinarity of Archaeology, Ethnohistory and Anthropology, highlighting the interrelations in the macro region mentioned above. We see the region of Tarija as one of the most representative areas of this vast region, where multiple cultural influences and exchanges may be observed. That is why we are presenting a call for papers focused on interdisciplinarity and the cultural interrelations of this region, ranging from the Formative Period, the regional developments up to the influence of the Inka Empire and the colonial period, information on colonial historiography and the current anthropological investigations.

The event will take place at the city of Tarija, Bolivia, between the 10th and 12th of September 2014. The conference is structured into four different panels, each of them organized by an interdisciplinary team of archaeologists, ethnohistorians and anthropologists and focused on a geographical-cultural perspective.

  1. “Tarija, Altiplano de Sama, Valley of Río San Juan del Oro”
  2. “Interandean Valleys, Altiplano de Lípez and North Chile”
  3. “Northwest Argentina: Puna”
  4. “Northwest Argentina: Quebradas and Yungas of Jujuy and Salta”

We invite all the interested persons to be part of the conference, either as audience or presenting a paper andtaking partin the development and the interdisciplinarity that is vital for the macro region concerned.


María Beierlein de Gutiérrez, M.A.
Dr. Mario Barragán
Daniel Gutiérrez Osinaga, M.A.
Ing. Freddy Paredes

Organizing Committee

1st conference on Ethnohistory, Archaeology and Anthropology of the macro region of Tarija – Northwest Argentina – North Chile”


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1st Conference on the Ethnohistory, Archaeology and Anthropology of Tarija 2014:


The Organizating Committee invites all archaeologists, ethnohistorians, anthropologists and scientists from related disciplines to present their abstracts for the 1st Conference on the Ethnohistory, Archaeology and Anthropology of Tarija 2014.

Abstracts will be received under or via this homepage,the deadline is april 20th 2014. Abstracts have to be presented according to the following requirements:

  1. Text written in Microsoft Word, Times New Roman font size 12, 1.5 line spacing
  2. Text written in Spanish
  3. The abstract has to be aimed for being presented a specific panel:
    • “Tarija, Altiplano de Sama, Valle del Río San Juan del Oro”
    • “InterandeanValleys, Altiplano de Lípez and North Chile”
    • “Northwest Argentina: Puna”
    • “Northwest Argentina: Ravines, Valleys and Yungas of Jujuy”
  4. The abstract should be 8-10 lines long, presenting the title in the center top pf the page in bold face type.
  5. The abstract has to include the name, email address and institutional filiation of the author.

The summons finishes on april 20th 2014. All abstracts that have been sent until this deadline will be revised by the chair of each panel. Every author will receive notice on being accepted or not until may 20th 2014.

Conference fee:

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Participants and non students: 200 Bs. (30 $Us)









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·         Albergue Municipal con piezas comunes para varias personas (varones y mujeres aparte) y lockers individuales. Aconsejable para estudiantes.



MUSEO PALEONTOLÓGICO Y ARQUEOLÓGICO: Visitas diarias guiadas (sin costo).

ARCHIVO FRANCISCANO DE TARIJA. Visitas diarias guiadas (horario a establecer. Sin costo).

RECORRIDO DEL CAMINO DE “LA PATANKA”. Excursión de todo el día que recorre el camino pre-incaico de La Patanka desde la localidad de Pasajes, en las alturas de Tajsara, ap. 3.500 mt. s.n.m., hasta la localidad de Pinos (recorrido de aproximadamente 25 km., de descenso,  forzosamente a pié). Reservado para personas en buenas condiciones físicas y sin antecedentes de problemas cardiológicos. Se puede realizar un chequeo médico previo de ser necesario. Precio a ser establecido.

RECORRIDO DEL CAMINO PREINCAICO DE “LA ESCALERILLA”: Requiere el ascenso a pié de aproximadamente 1.000 mts. El recorrido aproximado es de 20 kms. Precio a ser establecido.

VISITA A LAS RUINAS DEL ANTIGAL (Tullkumarca según Poznanki, probablemente Tongoche, según Betanzos). Recorrido en bus hasta la zona (aproximadamente a 50 kms. de Tarija). Visita a las ruinas y retorno (duración total aproximadamente 4 horas). Costo a determinar.