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The Materialization of Sadism; Archaeology of Architecture in Clandestine Detention Centers (Argentinean Military Dictatorship, 1976–1983)

  • Andrés Zarankin
  • Claudio Niro
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Part of the Contributions To Global Historical Archaeology book series (CGHA)

Abstract

On May 9, 1976, I arrived at Vesubio, a clandestine detention center at Camino de Cintura and Richieri highway (Mantanza Department). Four individuals following Suárez Mason’s orders got me out of a Ford Falcon. I was hooded and my hands were tied behind my back. Meanwhile, the four individuals insulted me and hit me, forcing me into a room. Once inside, they made me stand against a wall with my legs extended. Several torturers kicked me in the testicles again and again. This procedure was called ablande. It was intended to intimidate the prisoner before taking him/her into the torture room.

All these events took place at House 3. The clandestine detention center was composed of three areas, each one serving a different purpose. House 1 contained the headquarters; that is to say, the head office and the manager’s house. The torture rooms –usually called operating theaters or infirmaries– were at House 2. House 3 contained the prison cells or cuchas (literally, doghouses).

Keywords

Spatial Organization Political Organization Concentration Camp Operation Theater Military Coup 
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Notes

Acknowledgments

We would especially like to thank the Commission of Work and Consensus of Club Atlético; Melisa Salerno for her help with the figures; and María Ximena Senatore for her suggestions.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Departamento de Sociología y Antropología, Universidad Federal de Minas Gerais (Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Federal University of Minas Gerais)Belo HorizonteBrazil

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