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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

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Discovering Manchay Culture: Adventures & Studies of Early Peruvian Civilization

Dr. Richard Burger presents the Distinguished Lecture of Art in the Ancient Americas on the Manchay Civilization of Peru.

Dr. Richard Burger presents the Distinguished Lecture of Art in the Ancient Americas on the Manchay Civilization of Peru. The Manchay Culture lasted from 1800 to 700 B.C. and is renowned for more than 40 U-shaped pyramid complexes (many decorated with fanged supernatural clay sculptures). Its culture has been documented through archaeological fieldwork, including the discovery of the earliest known metal artifacts on the central Peruvian coast and the unprecedented excavation on Cardal’s pyramid summit in 2008.

For more than thirty years, Burger has specialized in significant Central Andean archeological research, directing excavations in the Peruvian northern highlands and along the central coast. He is the Charles J. MacCurdy Professor of Anthropology and Chairman of the Council for Archaeological Studies at the Department of Anthropology, Yale University.

This free annual lecture series reflects a collaborative effort between the Department of the History of Art, Johns Hopkins University and the Walters Art Museum to draw scholarly attention to the rich pre-Hispanic heritage of Mesoamerica and the Andes, while fostering continuing interest in art of the ancient Americas.
 
WHERE: The Walters Art Museum, Graham Auditorium
 
WHEN: Saturday, March 27, 1–2 p.m.
 
ADMISSION:  Free; pre-registration recommended
 
MEDIA CONTACT: Amy Mannarino, 410-547-9000, ext. 277, amannarino@thewalters.org