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At the limits of the colonial world: a brief analysis of missionary springs and water sources

Author(s): Tobias Vilhena de Moraes

Year: 2014

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Between the 16th, and 17th. Centuries, in the River Plate Basin, contact between religious Europeans and indigenous ethnic Guranis, was one of the most emblematic moments in the Iberian colonization process of the New World. From the cultural interaction, between a baroque and a neolithic world, small and very active townships appeared, where communities prospered with their own social characteristics today denominated as Jesuitical-Guarani, or more properly, missionary. As witnesses of this period, there remain inumerous archaeological artifacts, religous statuary and the ruins of old dwellings. In this sense, this paper proposes to present a brief archaeological reflection starting from what we now know just this moment about the springs and water sources in the brazilian Missions.


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At the limits of the colonial world: a brief analysis of missionary springs and water sources. Tobias Vilhena de Moraes. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436854)


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Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America