An Archaeological View of Political Repression in Uruguay (1971–1985)

  • José María López Mazz
Part of the Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA)


During the 1970s and 1980s, the Uruguayan repressive system was part of a broader (geo) political movement which included other South American countries, as well as the coordination of specialized organisms and American agents. The establishment of dictatorship in Uruguay was preceded by the implementation of repressive measures and legal restrictions on citizens’ rights. According to the Parliament, “immediate security measures” were the only way to face internal war (Martínez 2005).

The declassification of American and Uruguayan files provided new evidence to prosecute civil President Juan María Bordaberry and Minister Juan Carlos Blanco, as they proved their possible connection to Plan Cóndor (Operation Condor) and the murder of dissident Uruguayan and Argentinean politicians on both sides of the Río de la Plata.


Political Violence Human Remains Political Prisoner Forensic Anthropology Political Repression 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Universidad Nacional de Montevideo (National University of Montevideo)MontevideoUruguay

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