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    Everyday Life in Colonial Peru: Archaeology and Texts of an Early Town

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    March 14, 2013

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    Everyday Life in Colonial Peru: Archaeology and Texts of an Early Town

    A common view holds that the 15th-century Spanish conquest of Peru was rapid and that native culture was swept away by the imposition of European beliefs and practices. Until very recently, views of the conquest and the early Colonial Period life were almost entirely derived from texts written by Spanish conquistadors or indigenous people under their control. Now these views have begun to change, thanks to research combining archaeology and...

    A common view holds that the 15th-century Spanish conquest of Peru was rapid and that native culture was swept away by the imposition of European beliefs and practices. Until very recently, views of the conquest and the early Colonial Period life were almost entirely derived from texts written by Spanish conquistadors or indigenous people under their control. Now these views have begun to change, thanks to research combining archaeology and studies of alternative texts, such as legal documents.
    Archaeologist Jeffrey Quilter, director of Harvard's Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, will discuss his team’s discoveries at Magdalena de Cao, which include clothing, tools, and even paper documents. One of those documents made worldwide news when the team revealed it contained clues to a lost language.
    Reception follows at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge MA 02138


    Geological Lecture Hall

    24 Oxford St.
    Cambridge, MA 02138

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    Reception follows at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge MA, 02138.


    Phone: 6174961027


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