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Toward an Archaeology of the African Diaspora in Peru: The Jesuit Wine Estates of Nasca

Author(s): Brendan Weaver

Year: 2014

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During Peru’s colonial period free and enslaved African descended peoples made up a significant portion of the coastal population, living and working among indigenous, mestizo, and European peoples. Yet these populations have been underrepresented in archaeology or rendered invisible by methodologies and questions which have not directly engaged the diaspora. This paper discusses advances from the 2012/2013 field season of the Haciendas of Nasca Archaeological Project, the first such project in Peru to feature a principal research agenda on the material culture of African descended peoples. Through documentary research, survey, and excavation, the project explores the institutions of coerced labor and slavery and the daily praxis of enslaved workers and residents on two Jesuit wine estates and their corresponding annexes throughout the Rio Grande Drainage, and tracks the changing material conditions of labor on these haciendas from the Jesuit (1619-1767) through Crown (1767-1821) and Republican periods (post-1821).

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Toward an Archaeology of the African Diaspora in Peru: The Jesuit Wine Estates of Nasca. Brendan Weaver. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Quebec City, Quebec, Canada. 2014 ( tDAR id: 436870)

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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