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18:00 - 19:30 16 June 2015

Obsessed with Metal: Manufacture, use and significance of metals in the thousand year-old Sicán culture of South America


Archaeology Lecture Theatre G6 | UCL Institute of Archaeology (link Map)
31–34 Gordon Square | London | WC1 | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Open

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Izumi Shimada, Distinguished Professor of Anthropology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale (SIUC)

Professor Itzumi Shimada will give the Professor Beno Rothenberg Memorial Lecture 2015 at the UCL Institute of Archaeology.

The northern coast of Peru in western South America with its rich mineral resources and abundant fuels was the setting of what is arguably the most sophisticated metallurgy of pre-Hispanic New World. Striking gold and other metal objects that often grace the covers of popular books on ancient cultures of Peru were looted out of rich tombs of this region, limiting our ability to illuminate on people and technology that produced them.

This lecture discusses knowledge and understanding gained over the past 35 years on manufacture, use and significance of diverse alloys of the millennium-old state-level Sicán culture, one the cultures responsible for these objects.

Following the lecture there will be a reception in the A.G. Leventis Gallery of Cypriot and East Mediterranean Archaeology at the Institute.

Organised by the Institute for Archaeo-Metallurgical Studies.


Professor Marcos Martinon-Torres
+44 (0)20 7679 7496 | m.martinon-torres@ucl.ac.uk


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