Presentation by JCB Fellows Arinn Amer and Sarah Kennedy
Please join us for presentations by JCB fellows Arinn Amer and Sarah Kennedy.
Arinn Amer (City University of New York Graduate Center), Alice E. Adams Fellow
Sarah Kennedy (University of Pittsburgh), Maury A. Bromsen Memorial Fellow
"Silver Refining in Colonial Peru, 1650-1750"
This presentation explores the fluid social realties of indigenous silver refiners at Trapiche Itapalluni, a colonial silver refinery located in the western Lake Titicaca Basin of southern Peru (1650-1750 CE). Using sources from the JCB, including mining treatises, legal petitions, visitas, and 19th century travel accounts, I provide a documentary perspective to the material remains recovered from households at Trapiche. By weaving together both archaeological and historical data, I will present a bottom-up perspective to the silver mining economy of colonial Peru to demonstrate how rural silver refineries functioned as locations of economic opportunity for marginalized populations.
The reading room will close to researchers at 3:00pm.