ABSTRACT: In this talk, Sarah Kennedy presents the results of her research at the site of Trapiche Itapalluni (AD 1600-1800), a colonial period silver refinery located in the western Lake Titicaca Basin of southern Peru. In her research, Kennedy employs a suite of methodologies to understand indigenous living and working conditions within the silver refinery, drawing on historical, environmental, geochemical, and archaeological approaches. She argues that a mixed methods approach, which includes archaeological objects, historical sources, animal and plant remains, and soil chemical data, provides a novel path toward investigating the complex, nuanced experiences of the Andean past. Overall, Kennedy's work sheds light on the legacies of labor inequalities in Latin America, as well as the effects of industrial pollution still present today.
Dr. Sarah A. Kennedy is the Robert A. Oden, Jr. Postdoctoral Fellow for Innovation in the Humanities and Archaeology at Carleton College. She received her PhD from the University of Pittsburgh in 2021. Over the last 12 years, her research has examined the effects of Spanish enforced colonial policies throughout South America, including forced labor, taxes and tribute extraction, and resettlement of native populations.
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