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Dark Heritage, Bright Future? Heritage and the Archaeology of Slavery and Community at the Haciendas of Nasca, Peru

In Peru, the legacies of the colonial experience have rendered the Afro-descendant reality invisible and marginal to national identity and social equity. For nearly a decade, the Haciendas of Nasca Archaeological Project (PAHN) has carried out ethnohistorical and archaeological research in close collaboration with the communities of the former Jesuit vineyards (1619-1767) of Nasca’s Ingenio Valley. The project is the first in Peru focused on slavery and the African diaspora, and has prioritized public engagement with the legacies of slavery and institutional racism in South Coastal Peru. The project is the first in Peru focused on slavery and the African diaspora, and has prioritized public engagement with the legacies of slavery and institutional racism in South Coastal Peru. The region represented a significant population center for Afro-descended communities during Peru’s colonial and early republican periods, and this past year, 2019, marked the quadricentenary of the communities of San José and San Pablo, founded as vineyard haciendas by the Jesuits in 1619. This presentation considers recent advances in the archaeological and community engaged work of PAHN and the role of the archaeology of slavery and hacienda as critical community heritage in south coastal Peru.

Dr. Brendan J. M. Weaver is a Postdoctoral Scholar at the Stanford Archaeology Center at Stanford University. He earned his Ph.D. in anthropology from Vanderbilt University in 2015. Weaver’s interdisciplinary archaeological and historical research explores “race,” slavery, and religion in colonial and early republican Latin America. His current research explorers the material culture, political aesthetics, and quotidian experience of enslaved African-descended laborers at two 17th and 18th century Jesuit wine estates on Peru’s South Coast. Since 2009, Weaver has directed the Haciendas of Nasca Archaeological Project (PAHN), centered on Nasca’s Ingenio Valley, which is the first project to archaeologically study the African diaspora in what is today the Republic of Peru. PAHN is an active community-engaged public archaeology and research project, serving local stakeholders and the academic community.

This lecture is sponsored by the Department of Religion and Classics; Archaeology, Technology, and Historical Structures; and the Department of History.

Thursday, March 5, 2020 at 5:00pm to 6:30pm

Morey Hall, 321
500 Joseph C. Wilson Blvd. Rochester, NY 14627

Event Type

Lectures and Talks

Audience

General Public, Faculty, Students, Alumni, Staff

Tags

humanities, multidisciplinary studies

Cost

Free

Group
Department of History, Department of Religion and Classics
Contact Phone or Email

sbautist@ur.rochester.edu

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