Vuriloche Crossing Point in Los Lagos Region could be the Oldest Route of America

Archaeological project seeks to find evidence in the area to determine whether the crossing point connected the Monte Verde sector with Argentine Patagonia

Cerro Tronador
Imagen: Ali & Jorcat

Last monday, March 2nd, Universidad Austral de Chile and Fundación Monte Verde’s joint project “Prospección arqueológica el paso Vuriloche, hacia un trekking de categoría internacional” was launched. The project seeks to confirm the hypothesis that the Vuriloche Crossing Point in Puerto Varas district, Los Lagos Region, was a path for people who lived in the area of Monte Verde towards the current Argentine Patagonia.

The researcher team believes that the previous statement can be actually feasible because it is believed that the inhabitants of the archaeological area of Monte Verde of 14,600 years ago had with them a plant from the Argentine Patagonia which dates back to ancestral times. Because of this, it is possible that the path connected the Pacific ocean with the northern area of the Argentine Patagonia, going through the southern part of the Tronador Hill. This pass would have had a traffic in both directions. If the hypothesis is confirmed, this crossing point would be the oldest of America, which would give it a unique historical value.

The project is under the management of professor Manuel Morales, Escuela de Ingeniería en Información y Control de Gestión of UACh of Puerto Montt city director, and the renowned North American archaeologist and honorary doctor of UACh, Dr. Tom Dillehay, who discovered the Monte Verde archaeological site in 1976 and who will lead the diggings in person.

The diggings began on Valle Esperanza, where the researchers will stay up to March 15th. This deadline will be put off if they find archaeologically interesting findings to study.

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