Vertical Archaeology: Safety in the Use of Ropes for Scientific Research of Pre-Columbian Andean Cultures

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Title: Vertical Archaeology: Safety in the Use of Ropes for Scientific Research of Pre-Columbian Andean Cultures
Authors: Saez, Pedro Ignacio | Carrión Jackson, Elena | García González, Encarnación | Aparicio-Flores, Manuel Ollanta
Research Group/s: Materiales y Sistemas Constructivos de la Edificación
Center, Department or Service: Universidad de Alicante. Departamento de Edificación y Urbanismo
Keywords: Vertical archeology | Ropes | Vertical work | Personal protective equipment against falls | Harness | Safety at height
Knowledge Area: Construcciones Arquitectónicas
Issue Date: 29-Mar-2021
Publisher: MDPI
Citation: Saez PI, Carrión EÁ, García E, Aparicio-Flores MO. Vertical Archaeology: Safety in the Use of Ropes for Scientific Research of Pre-Columbian Andean Cultures. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2021; 18(7):3536.
Abstract: Scientific research is sometimes subjected to go through field study in places that are difficult to access. Where man has not managed to reach through traditional techniques, work at height systems offer new possibilities, provide safety in exploration and represent an excellent tool that allows a new insight of spaces object of scientific research. For more than 20 years, the Ukhupacha team has been studying, analyzing and selecting the teams, techniques and rope progression systems that best adapt to archaeological works in vertical environments. The projects studied are developed in Pre-Columbian cultures of the Andean mountain range, the high Amazon jungle and its surroundings. As a result, a new working methodology called Vertical Archaeology has been developed. It prioritizes user’s safety by means of ropes when accessing archaeological research areas. The recommended and safest systems, techniques and personal protective equipment (PPE) are presented for each of the phases in which it is proposed to divide archaeological investigations: exploration, training and expedition. Using rope access techniques has allowed the safe study of new artistic and heritage aspects in ancient civilizations, as well as the approach of the scientific community to places that until now had remained hidden.
Sponsor: This research was funded by the University of Alicante and Centro de Innovación Vertical S.A.C., grant number PC20-01A.
ISSN: 1661-7827 (Print) | 1660-4601 (Online)
DOI: 10.3390/ijerph18073536
Language: eng
Type: info:eu-repo/semantics/article
Rights: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (
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