Abstract: 4000 Years of Andean Gold

Lecturer: Mark Aldenderfer

In this presentation I will review the ways in which golden objects were used by four cultures in the ancient Andes: the hunters and gatherers of the Titicaca basin at 2000 BC, the Chavin culture of the central Andes (900 BC), the Moche (AD 400), and the Chimu (AD 1200).  Gold first serves as a personal adornment that als has a social meaning, and through time, becomes identified with power and religious ideology.

 

Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic:

Aldenderfer, M., N. Craig, R. Speakman, and R. Popelka-Filcoff 2008 Four-thousand year old gold artifacts from the Lake Titicaca basin, southern Peru. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 105: 5002-5005.

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Mark Aldenderfer is Dean and Professor at the University of California at Merced, and holds his degrees from Pennsylvania State University (Ph.D.) and Wake Forest University.  His areas of... Read More

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