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Patricio Bustamante
- Photographer (1977 – present)
- Researcher in Archaeoastronomy (1983 – present)
- Diploma Degree in Cultural Wealth Management and Conservation from the Universidad Católica (2006)
- Consultant in Efficient Use of Energy (1990 – present)
- Fellow researcher of The Los Alamos National Laboratory Geographic Information Systems for the Preservation of Archaeological Sites and Petroglyphs.
- Member of AURA, the Australian Rock Art Research Association.

Born in Santiago, Chile, on 21 December 1956, on the dawn of the summer solstice.

1970 – 1974: Studies art at the Experimental School of Artistic Education.

1977: Studies Professional Photography at the Academy of Professional Studies.

1980 – 1990: Works as a photographer and artist. Travels to different parts of Chile and Latin America on a reconnaissance tour of landscapes and people.

1985 – 1990: Studies courses related to the environment and alternative energy sources at the Center for the Study of Appropriate Technologies (CETAL). Works for the Energy Research Program (PRIEN) of the Faculty of Physical and Mathematical Sciences of the Universidad de Chile in the development and dissemination of efficient combustion technologies for the IV and V Regions and the Metropolitan Region, as well as in extension programs.

1990 – 2000: Is responsible for dissemination and in charge of the Energy Efficiency in Public Buildings aspect of the Energy Efficiency Program of the National Energy Commission. Responsible for a team that develops programs for the installation of computerized systems aimed at controlling energy consumption in public buildings such as the La Moneda (presidential) Palace, Diego Portales Building, Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital and private edifices such as the Bioclimatic Building of the Varela Construction Company. Editor of the Energy Efficiency magazine, and participates in the adaptation, photography, illustration and editing of books on Energy Efficiency.

1999 – 2004: Works as a photographer on the analysis of photographs taken by the HST
Space Telescope, Círculo de Santiago, Center for Scientific Studies, in a project to identify Dark Matter, and collaborated in research and publications. This line of research postulates that dark matter is made up of baryonic matter, i.e. ordinary rather than exotic matter.

2000 – present: Consultant in Energy Efficiency, coordinator of Energy Efficiency projects in public buildings such as the Public Works Ministry, and private ones such as the Telefónica CTC Corporate Building in Santiago. Writes books and manuals on Energy Efficiency in Buildings and participates in extension programs on the subject.

1984 – present: Research on indigenous Chilean cultures: initial field work in the Illapel River valley, Cuz Cuz, Choapa province (IV Region) on the Molle and Diaguita cultures. Subsequently applies in other areas the research methodology developed: Metropolitan Region of Santiago; the Inca culture in Pucará de Chena; the Rapa Nui culture of Easter Island; Valle del Encanto (Ovalle, IV Region); Lican Antai culture in San Pedro de Atacama, Aldea de Tulor; Inca culture in Cuzco, Peru; the Sacred Inca Valley of the Tiahuanaco culture in Bolivia; Aztec culture in Mexico.

Describes characteristics of pre-Columbian observatories in different cultures and their methods of astronomical observation. Describes the components of a
pre-Columbian observatory (fixed, moveable and variable). Develops the concept of “Entorno” (Surroundings) Archaeology (including cultural, geographic, biotic, climatic, astronomical, atmospheric and psychological factors). Describes their dialectic and symbiotic relationship: “the works are to the Surroundings as the Surroundings are to the works”. Introduces the concept of mimetoliths, which describes stones or mountains with the natural shape of people or animals. Describes the influence of the psychological phenomena Pareidolia, Apophenia and Hierophany (PAH triad).

Currently develops research tools that will make it possible to analyze and make comparisons between cultures all over the world on subjects such as astronomy or human psychological phenomena.

1986 – present: Worked with shamans in Peru, Bolivia and Mexico, and machis in Chile, seeking to comprehend shamanic activities, the practices they develop to alter people’s consciousness via entheogens or other techniques such as trance induction through music, and the way these activities are depicted in archaeological sites.

His main field of interest is studying the environment, energy and cultural wealth. His work is oriented toward developing methods and tools to further research, conservation and dissemination on these subjects.
Rapa Nui
The Inca Trail
Juan Fernandez
Route of the Apus
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