Archaeology and Heritage of Slavery at the Jesuit Vineyards of Nasca

Lecture | November 13 | 12-1 p.m. | 101 2251 College (Archaeological Research Facility)

 Brendan Weaver, Postdoctoral Scholar, Stanford Archaeology Center

 Archaeological Research Facility

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 (Society of Jesus) 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 region represented a significant population center for Afro-descended communities during Peru’s colonial and early republican periods, and this year, 2019, marks 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.