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Celebration and the mining way of life in Magistral del Oro Durango

Author(s): Maria Del Roble Rios Ortega

Year: 2017

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In this paper I present the historic and archaeological records, of social gatherings that formed an integral part of the mining way of life and the material culture that represents it. The study is focused on the town of Magistral del Oro, Durango in northern Mexico. This region was forged by mining activity in colonial times. Though the village today has been largely abandoned, traces of both labor and domestic areas still remain. Furthermore, photographs and interviews with people who worked the mine and lived in the village shed light on important festivities that have become a part of northern Mexican culture. I combine this information, with a study of architecture and spacial configuration, in order to reveal the significance of social gatherings for the miners of the past.

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Celebration and the mining way of life in Magistral del Oro Durango. Maria Del Roble Rios Ortega. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Columbia. 2017 ( tDAR id: 432121)


Geographic Keywords
North America - Southwest

Spatial Coverage

min long: -115.532; min lat: 30.676 ; max long: -102.349; max lat: 42.033 ;

Record Identifiers

Abstract Id(s): 17664

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America