Studying the roads as a way to analyze and interpret past and present social processes became, in recent years, one of the main theoretical and methodological challenges for anthropology. Their study has not only been limited to the material evidence itself, but also to the larger road system to which they belong. In this sense, the roads are seen as elements that bear powerful cultural, social, symbolic and cosmological functions, making possible the connection and cultural integration of diverse landscapes.

To many societies, roads represent a cultural advance that is linked to progress, landscape transformation and, in some cases, decadence. Their study and analysis give the possibility to know the political, economical, technological and strategic aspects involved in their construction. Thus, if we decide to go beyond conceiving roads as an archaeological object, they must be conceived as ethnographic objects that are still in use in local communities.

The subject of this symposium is dealing with new perspectives and diverse theoretical/methodological contributions that are linked to the research of the different spaces of circulation and traffic that –with their roads- gave meaning to American landscapes. Therefore, our main goal is to analyze the different particularities and perspectives that exist regarding mobility and territoriality patterns in America, both at the local and the regional level, through the analysis of roads and their particular social and cultural context.

Making this meeting possible as part of the IX TAAS is allowing us to know, dialog and discuss about the different case studies of ancient and current roads in different geographic spaces. Thus, the work of each participant will be enriched by enabling general and particular discussions according to each spatial reality.


Landscapes – Road Networks – Associated sites – Ceremonial Roads – Commercial Roads.




Reinaldo A. Moralejo, División Arqueología, Museo de La Plata. CONICET-Argentina. Facultad de Ciencias Naturales y Museo. E-mail:

Christian Vitry, Universidad Nacional de Salta. Facultad de Humanidades, Escuela de Antropología. Consejo de Investigación de la UNSa. Argentina. E-mail:

Sergio E. Martín, Instituto Nacional de Antropología y Pensamiento Latinoamericano (INAPL). Argentina. E-mail:


symposium commentator.

Carlos González Godoy, Instituto de Investigación en Ciencias Sociales y Educación, Universidad de Atacama, Copiapó, Chile. E-mail: