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In Conversation with
Gonzalo Pimentel
Ersela Kripa, Francesco Marullo & Stephen Mueller
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Gonzalo Pimentel, PhD, is an anthropologist and archaeologist researcher at the University of Tarapacá, Chile. He is the founder and current president of the Atacama Desert Heritage Foundation (FDA)Footnote* and has a long history of working with and supporting Indigenous communities in their environmental and heritage disputes against mining companies. Pimentel has been a beneficiary of three national research grants (FONDECYT) to investigate ancient pathways and geoglyphs in the Atacama Desert. He has developed academic links with Indigenous communities and several universities worldwide. He has participated in NSF (US) research and has led several projects to register and protect archaeological sites. Together with the FDA team, they were awarded the 2017 Conservation Award granted by the Council of National Monuments of Chile.

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