International Journal of Historical Archaeology

, Volume 9, Issue 3, pp 195–207 | Cite as

When the Revolution Reached the Countryside: Use and Destruction of Imported Wares in Alta Gracia, Córdoba, 1810



During the 1970s, excavations were conducted in Alta Gracia, Córdoba, Argentina, in a compound that once was a seventeenth and eighteenth-century Jesuit Convent and is presently a museum. During the excavation, an amazing amount of historic material never studied before was discovered inside a sealed privy. After studying the material, we were able to identify the objects as once belonging to Santiago de Liniers, a man who successfully resisted and expelled British invaders from Buenos Aires. As a result, he was appointed Viceroy, though eventually he was shot in 1810 for confronting the Independence movement. Our hypothesis is that these objects were thrown into the privy as a gesture of contempt associated with his capture and execution.

Key Words

Liniers revolution the disappeared Argentina historical archaeology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Center for Urban ArchaeologyBuenos AiresArgentina

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