Precarious and Obsolete Infraestructure:Archaeology of Water Networks in Bogota

Author(s): David Cohen; Monika Therrien

Year: 2017


Infrastructure is currently one of the critical studies in social sciences at the global level, having been promoted as one of the great promises of equality and accessibility, through good performance and penetration of public services among the population, as well as a tool that would contribute to strengthen the control, authority and visibility of the State. The case study of the calle real of Bogota, being one of the oldest and most important streets in the city, makes visible what became the most prolific container space for the generation and installation of public and individual services of all times. Although data exists on these services in the documentary sources, archaeological evidences allowed us to contrast what is written with the quality and conditions of the infrastructure finally executed, particularly that related to water management. From stratigraphic, archaeometric, technological and urban analysis of the materials used to build water systems and their location along almost 2 km of this street, emerged as topical domains of discussion the precariousness and obsolescence of water networks under different political regimes and economic systems in the provision and maintenance of this service in Bogota.

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Precarious and Obsolete Infraestructure:Archaeology of Water Networks in Bogota. David Cohen, Monika Therrien. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 430777)

Spatial Coverage

min long: -93.691; min lat: -56.945 ; max long: -31.113; max lat: 18.48 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 14467