Diego Aguirrezabal

Laboratorio de Arqueología del Paisaje y Patrimonio, Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias de la Educación, Universidad de la República, Uruguay

Diego Aguirrezábal is a Professor and Researcher at the Landscape Archaeology and Heritage Laboratory of Uruguay (LAPPU) of the Faculty of Humanities and Educational Sciences of the University of the Republic in Uruguay. He has participated in interdisciplinary, holistic, and multivocal projects, searching for new narratives and the construction of original knowledge. His work related to research and teaching in archaeology, anthropology, and heritage, has allowed him to build a complex vision of social processes. He has worked in various archaeological contexts in America and Europe, from the early American settlement, the prehistoric occupation of rock shelters, and the search for detainees-disappeared during the last civic-military dictatorship in Uruguay. He is a consultant for UNESCO on issues related to the conservation and management of the cultural heritage of the Geoparks areas and for the International Committee of the Red Cross on issues of Forensic Archaeology, Memory, and Human Rights. He has developed various advisory projects for public and private institutions in America and Europe. He is currently the scientific manager of an international project that analyses the first human occupations in the Antarctic territory. It focuses on the study of archaeological sites linked to whaling and sealing activities in the 19th century on the South Shetland islands. In this context, he develops a research stay at the Institute of Heritage Sciences of the Higher Council for Scientific Research (INCIPIT-CSIC) in the City of Santiago de Compostela.

Research projects/interests:

Currently is developing a postdoctoral research on the History of Antarctic Architecture & Urbanism, and its future as Cultural-Historical Heritage.

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To get in touch: diego.aguirrezabal@lappu.edu.uy

Areas of interest

Historical Archaeology

Antarctic sealing Industry

Archaeological theory


Antarctica Sealing industry, Historical Archaeology