An Archaeology of Inventories: An 18th Century Jesuit Winery and Distillery in Nasca, Peru

Author(s): Brendan J. M. Weaver

Year: 2018

Summary

Estate inventories offer archaeologists a synchronic assemblage of material culture including the built environment, and an opportunity to understand how aspects of such an assemblage relate to one another and the landscape from the perspective of the assessor. Two such inventories exist for the Hacienda La Ventilla, an annex of the Hacienda San Joseph de La Nasca owned by the Cuzco Jesuits. The first dates to the sale of La Ventilla by a lay proprietor in 1706 and lists the structures, infrastructure, and 17 African-descended enslaved workers acquired by the Jesuits along with the vineyard. The second was produced by Crown agents in 1767, at the moment of the Jesuit expulsion from the Spanish Empire. A comparison of these inventories, along with archaeological surface prospection, allows for a partial reconstruction of the Jesuit use of the property during a 61 year tenure, reflective of larger Jesuit political and economic strategies.

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An Archaeology of Inventories: An 18th Century Jesuit Winery and Distillery in Nasca, Peru. Brendan J. M. Weaver. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, Albuquerque, NM. 2018 ( tDAR id: 441637)

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Keywords

Temporal Keywords
18th Century

Spatial Coverage

min long: -129.199; min lat: 24.495 ; max long: -66.973; max lat: 49.359 ;

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Contact(s): Society for Historical Archaeology

Record Identifiers

PaperId(s): 143