"Non-residential Architecture and the Sacred Landscape of Pisanay, Peru," by Dr. Jo Ellen Burkholder

Sponsored by AIA-Milwaukee Society

AIA Society Event: Milwaukee

Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm

Location:
UWM Sabin Hall Room G90
3413 North Downer Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211
United States

The site of Pisanay sits on a promontory overlooking the Sihuas Valley of Southern Peru. While the food remains, grinding stones, and hearths indicate a residential purpose for the site, its most prominent features - round and semi-subterranean rooms, cist tombs, and petroglyphs - point to ceremonial activities at the site. In turn, these activities link Pisanay to a larger sacred geography extending throughout the Sihuas Valley and beyond. The concept of a sacred geography or a sacred landscape here refers to ideas about the powerful and animated spiritual qualities of snow-capped peaks, rivers, even the land itself. Based on her latest research, Dr. Jo Ellen Burkholder, of UW-Whitewater, will discuss how these ideas are expressed at Pisanay through the use of space at the site as well as the spatial relationship to other sites and prominent landscape features.

Website: http://www4.uwm.edu/archlab/AIA/

Contact:
Jane Waldbaum
aiamke@milwpc.com

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