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Bradford welcomes award-winning high altitude archaeologist

Published: Thu 11 Jun 2015

The University of Bradford plays host to a prestigious public lecture by award-winning high altitude archaeologist Professor Constanza Ceruti from Argentina.

The lecture, which is taking on June 19 at the University, will see Professor Ceruti discuss her research on the anthropology of sacred mountains. She will talk about her part in the 1999 discovery of the three child sacrifices. These were found together with gold and silver statues and objects of typical Inca style on the summit of Volcán Llullaillaco (22,100 feet) in Argentina - the site of the highest archaeological excavations ever undertaken.

Dr Andrew S. Wilson, Senior Lecturer in Forensic & Archaeological Sciences at the University of Bradford, said: “We are delighted to play host to Professor Ceruti with whom we have had longstanding collaborations, on this her second visit to the University of Bradford.

“In 2013 our joint paper, which focused on scientific analysis of the final months in the lives of the Inca child sacrifices from Llullaillaco, received international attention.”

For many years she has been the only female Andean high-altitude archaeologist in the world. She has twice climbed Mount Aconcagua (6962 metres) – the highest mountain in the Americas, and Mount Pissis (6882 metres) – the highest volcano in the world; as well as on other peaks in Ecuador, Bolivia, Peru, Chile and Argentina.

The ‘Frozen Inca Mummies from Andean Mountaintop Shrines’ lecture will take place on Friday 19 June in the Norcroft Centre at the University of Bradford, 12-1pm.

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