2884 - Over the Canyon and Through the Desert: The Construction of Aqueducts in New Spain

The landscape of Mexico contains numerous physical constructions dating to the colonial era. Churches, palaces, and government buildings, for which a fair amount of documentary materials remain, were designed by trained architects and built by skilled craftsman. Docks, roads, bridges, and water control systems, for which little documentation remains, were designed by individuals with little formal education in architecture, constructed by workers with varying degrees of skills who were overseen by persons whose knowledge of engineering was rudimentary. This paper focuses on one such type of feature, aqueducts constructed to transport water across canyons, or low-lying areas. A contribution of the Bridging Troubled Waters Project (a long-term study of the transfer and hybridization of technological knowledge of water control from Renaissance Spain to Viceregal Mexico), this presentation incorporates maps and photographs of various aqueducts from across Mexico, AD 1540-1800. Findings reflect fifteen years of fieldwork rooted in the traditions historical geography, geoarchaeology, and landscape studies

Palabras claves: Aqueducts, landscapes, Mexico

Autores: Doolittle, William E (University of Texas, Ud States of Am / USA)


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