Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month Lecture scheduled in Laramie

Posted: Thursday, September 21, 2017
Contact: Judy Wolf
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In celebration of the this month’s Wyoming Archaeology Awareness Month, Dr. Charles Stanish of UCLA will present the 19th annual George C. Frison Institute of Archaeology and Anthropology sponsored lecture titled “New Insights on the Nazca Lines of Ancient Peru.”

Dr. Stanish’s lecture will take place in the University of Wyoming Ag Auditorium, September 28 at 4 p.m. A reception will follow in the Department of Anthropology foyer.

The famous geoglyphs of Nazca in Peru were carved into the desert more than 1,500 years ago.

For almost 75 years these enigmatic drawings have fascinated people from around the world. Over the last five years, Dr. Stanish has been working in a valley north of Nazca called Chincha.

There Dr. Stanish discovered a new set of lines in this valley that predate the Nazca ones by several centuries.

The excavations and analyses of the sites and lines in Chincha provide new insights into the social, political and economic function of these geoglyph complexes. This talk will highlight these new discoveries and demonstrate the ingenious ways in which people in ancient Peru structured their social, economic, and religious world.

Dr. Stanish is director emeritus of the Cotsen Institute at UCLA.

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