ISSN 1989-4104
1.70 MB
Matilde Arnay de la Rosaespañol
Title: Historical archaeology in the Canaries. The burial site of the church of Our Lady of the Conception in Santa Cruz de Tenerife.
Abstract. This study includes an updated review of the current status of Historical Archaeology in the Canary Islands. Traditionally, in contrast with the situation in America, archaeological activity was devoted to studies on the prehistoric remains of population. In the last 20 years, excavation of some important historical sites has allowed the development of Historical Archaeology. As an example, we comment some results obtained from the excavation of the floor of the church of Our Lady of the Conception, where the deads of Santa Cruz de Tenerife were interred during centuries. Despite the poor preservation of the skeletons, it has been possible to infer dietary habits, toxic exposure, nutritional status and genetic lineages (mitochondrial DNA). Smoking pipes, ceramics and adornments associated with interments show a high similitude with those from colonial sites of the New World.
Keywords: Historical archaeology, colonial archaeology, Canary Islands, 18th century, paleonutrition, personal ornaments.
How to cite this publication:
Arnay de la Rosa, M. 2009. La arqueología histórica en Canarias. El yacimiento sepulcral de la iglesia de Nuestra Señora de la Concepción de Santa Cruz de Tenerife. Arqueología Iberoamericana 3: 21-36.
Publication date: 30-09-2009.
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