In conjunction with special exhibition Gold of the Ancient Americas, conservators Kim Cullen Cobb, Ainslie Harrison, and Julie Lauffenburger will present a talk on the 1,000-year-old cemetery site of El Caño in central Panama. El Caño offers an exciting opportunity to answer some compelling questions: who are the people of this region and where did they come from? Gold, one of the most abundant and well preserved of the materials at El Caño, provides intriguing insights into the social hierarchy and cultural sophistication of this region.
Kim Cullen Cobb received her MA in art conservation from Queens University, Canada, and has been part of a team of researchers studying archaeological gold artifacts in Panama since 2007. Her research interests include the technical analysis of fabrication methods, with a special focus on metalwork from the ancient Americas.
Ainslie Harrison is a research associate at the Smithsonian’s Museum Conservation Institute and an objects conservator at the National Museum of American History. She received her MA in Artifact Conservation from Queen’s University and has been working as an archaeological conservator at the site of El Caño in Panama since 2009, returning seasonally for on-site conservation work and materials analysis.
Julie Lauffenburger, acting division director and William B. Ziff, Jr., Conservator of Objects at the Walters Art Museum, is curator of the special exhibition Gold of the Ancient Americas.