Introduction: Jesuit Archaeology in the Americas

Author(s): Steve Lenik; Laura Masur

Year: 2019


This is an abstract from the "Jesuit Missions, Plantations, and Industries" session, at the 2019 annual meeting of the Society for Historical Archaeology.

An historical archaeology of Jesuit sites in the Americas reveals how these missions impacted the diverse peoples with whom Jesuits sustained daily interactions, as well as the priests and lay brothers themselves. From its headquarters in Rome, this Catholic religious order built and maintained a global mission program that consisted not only of evangelization but also education, arts, sciences, and economic activities to finance their work. This left behind a voluminous archival record, and portable objects, features, and structures, many of which are archaeologically recoverable. Jesuit sites are numerous and diverse, and in many cases are difficult to define archaeologically because of their economic focus or because missionaries lived within Native villages. Past research and the papers to follow in this session explore how archaeology reveals the lived experience of people in the Jesuit sphere of influence, and the way in which this influence continues today.

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Introduction: Jesuit Archaeology in the Americas. Steve Lenik, Laura Masur. Presented at Society for Historical Archaeology, St. Charles, MO. 2019 ( tDAR id: 449034)

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Americas Jesuit mission

Geographic Keywords
United States of America

Temporal Keywords
16th century to the present

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): 145