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Archaeologist to Discuss Peruvian Journeys at UW

April 22, 2016
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Jerry Moore

A leading archaeologist will discuss his journeys through the Peruvian Andes during the University of Wyoming’s annual Mulloy Lecture Thursday, April 28, at 4:10 p.m. in the College of Business auditorium. A reception follows in the Anthropology Building lobby.

Jerry Moore, a professor of anthropology at California State University-Dominguez Hills, is the speaker. He researches cultural landscapes, the archaeology of architecture and human adaptations on the north coast of Peru and northern Baja California.

“In my research on cultural landscapes in South America, the intersection of my travels, studies of archaeological sites and participation in modern ceremonies have profoundly deepened my understanding of how spaces become meaningful places,” Moore says. “To illustrate this, I will discuss my 2015 journey to the southern Peruvian Andes and its implications for understanding dynamics of sacred space in archaeological sites.”

Moore uncovered a sequence of prehistoric dwellings and other structures dating from circa 4,700-500 B.C. This research also documented the creation of elaborate mortuary rituals and the creation of public architecture between 3,500-1,600 B.C.

The UW Department of Anthropology sponsors the annual Mulloy Lecture in memory of the university's first professional anthropologist, William Mulloy. Starting in 1948, he fostered, at UW, what is usually called the "four field approach," integrating archaeology, biological anthropology, cultural anthropology and linguistic anthropology into a unified program.

For more information, call Keith Kanbe in the UW Department of Anthropology at (307) 766-5136.


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