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Distinguished Speaker Series: Where Condors Reign - Vertical Archaeology in the Mountains of Peru

Tuscawilla Country Club, 1500 Winter Springs Blvd., Winter Springs, Fl 32708
January 17, 2018 @ 06:00 PM - 07:30 PM

College of Sciences Distinguished Speaker Series

J. Marla Toyne, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Bioarchaeology in the UCF Department of Anthropology

Traditional archaeological practice involves mapping and excavating ancient settlements and cemeteries. Bioarchaeological research of the cliff tombs in the Chachapoyas region of Peru is hindered by natural and technological challenges. Exploring these cemeteries requires the innovation of “vertical archaeology” which uses rappelling and rope technology and the incorporation of 3-D photogrammetry and aerial drone photography.

This presentation discusses how and why the ancient Chachapoya people created and placed their ancestors in these spectacular landscapes between A.D. 900 and 1535. Yet, while these sites suffer from the ravages of both looting and natural destruction, it becomes vital to use archaeological knowledge in meaningful and accessible ways for both local and scientific communities to advance conservation.