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Wednesday, January 17, 2018 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

College of Sciences Distinguished Speaker Series

J. Marla Toyne, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Bioarchaeology 
UCF Department of Anthropology

Wednesday, January 17, 2018 at 6:00 p.m.
Tuscawilla Country Club
1500 Winter Springs Blvd.,
Winter Springs, FL 32708

Where Condors Reign: Vertical Archaeology in the Mountains of Peru
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.

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