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Cultivated Historical Landscapes: Theoretical Aspect for the Archaeology of Andean Colonial Gardens and Fields

Author(s): Fernando Astudillo

Year: 2014

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Colonial landscapes are the materialization of conquest. Ornamental gardens and agricultural fields are some of its most evident manifestations. These small-scale landscapes are the physical representations of the triumph over nature. They were created and conceptualized to replicate the sociopolitical and socioeconomic structures of the political centres. The physical aspects of the cultivated fields are then visual representations of imposed sociopolitical structures and concomitant class relations. The study of cultivated landscapes crosses disciplinary boundaries, allowing us to integrate different data sets. Historical archaeologists and historical geographers have studied landscape to further understand how the organization of space has been intentionally created to symbolically express the new social orders of colonial regimes. In this presentation, I will review the most significant theoretical approaches applied to interpret colonialism through landscape theory and garden archaeology in order to suggest a theoretical framework to study colonial cultivated spaces in the Andean region.


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Cultivated Historical Landscapes: Theoretical Aspect for the Archaeology of Andean Colonial Gardens and Fields. Fernando Astudillo. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436865)


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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