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History of mining at the Atacama region (Chile): Tres Puntas

Cemetery of Tres Puntas

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Atacama: Cemetery of Tres Puntas, Atacama desert, Chile

Photo: Cemetery of Tres Puntas (W.Griem, 2011; Ca50D10333)
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Cemetery of Tres Puntas 

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The cemetery of Tres Puntas is located in the middle of the desert. Only a wall of considerable dimensions marks the boundaries.

The cemetery of Tres Puntas is in a state of disappearance. Some crosses are still visible, but no name has been preserved.

Cemeteries in general are the most impressive vestige of the abandoned mining sectors. In Tres Puntas, up to 4000 people lived in the middle of the desert, without water, without the possibility of growing fruits and vegetables.
In the late 1890s the silver bonanza ended and the mines closed, people left the town, the cemetery was left alone.

The cemetery dimensions are 60 m by 80 m, but the area does not form a perfect rectangle, you notice an error of some 5 meters.

The enclosure is surrounded by a wall of loose rocks from the sector, about 1.50 m high. The direction (axis) of the cemetery is 295° or N65W.


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Cemetery of Tres Puntas in the Atacama desert, Chile

Photo: Tres Puntas Cemetery in the middle of the Atacama Desert. W. Griem, 2002 (CaA100-293 )
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