Excavation at Aguas Buenas, Robinson Crusoe Island, Chile, of a gunpowder magazine and the supposed campsite of Alexander Selkirk, together with an account of early navigational dividers

Daisuke Takahashi, David H. Caldwell, Iván Cáceres, Mauricio Calderón, A.D. Morrison-Low, Miguel A. Saavedra, Jim Tate
2007 Post-Medieval Archaeology  
Excavation at Aguas Buenas, Robinson Crusoe Island, of a gunpowder magazine and the supposed campsite of Alexander Selkirk, together with an account of early navigational dividers. Post-Medieval Archaeology, 41 (2). pp. 270-304. ISSN 0079-4236 SUMMARY: Excavations were undertaken of a ruined building at Aguas Buenas, identified as an 18 th -century Spanish gunpowder magazine. Evidence was also found for the camp site of an early European occupant of the island. A case is made that this was
more » ... that this was Alexander Selkirk, a castaway here from 1704 to 1709. Selkirk was the model for Defoe's Robinson Crusoe. A detailed discussion is given of a fragment of copper alloy identified as being from a pair of navigational dividers.
doi:10.1179/174581307x236157 fatcat:cd2ps7ry3fcvjluqakuxurji5m