What is it about?

This co-authored article combines archaeological analysis of excavations, material cultures, and rock carvings with linguistic analysis of historical sources like technical manuals, multilingual dictionaries, and painted maps. In this way, it offers a linguistic archaeology of spaces that were largely inaccessible to Spaniards: the amalgamation refineries where Indigenous metallurgists produced silver for the Crown, and for their families, under the violence-based labor system of the mita.

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Why is it important?

The essay is part of a multidisciplinary effort to understand the knowledge systems and survival strategies of Indigenous silver workers under Spanish colonial rule.

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This page is a summary of: Ingenios and ingenuity: rethinking Indigenous histories of silver in the colonial Andean mining industry, Colonial Latin American Review, October 2021, Taylor & Francis,
DOI: 10.1080/10609164.2021.1996989.
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