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Collecting the Ancestors: skeletons and mummies and their history in reconstructing health and medical practices in the pre-Hispanic Andes

Collecting the Ancestors: skeletons and mummies and their history in reconstructing health and medical practices in the pre-Hispanic Andes

Speaker : John Verano, Professor of Anthropology, Tulane University

Beginning in the nineteenth century, Peruvian, European and North American explorers and archaeologists collected human remains from burial caves in the highlands and cemeteries on the desert coast of the Andes. In Peru, collectors found skulls showing evidence of trepanation (skull surgery) in pre-Hispanic burial houses and caves. These medical practices were brought to world-wide attention by archaeologists like Julio Tello, a descendent of those medical ancestors in the central highlands, who devoted the rest of his life to excavating archaeological sites and building museum collections of ancestral mummies and skulls. This talk will look at how the study of human remains played an important role in documenting health conditions and medical practices in the pre-Hispanic Andes, and how these studies continue to flourish today through the work of a new generation of young bioarchaeologists.

  • This keynote event  is supported by the Humanities in the World Initiatives Faculty Invites program


Co- sponsors: History Department, Latin American Studies, Committee for Early Modern Studies

Friday, November 4 at 5:30pm

Foster Auditorium, Paterno Library

Event Type

Faculty Development, Research

Audience

Faculty, Undergraduate Students, Graduate Students, Alumni, Prospective Students

Group
Humanities Institute
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