Sayre to present the next AIA lecture Nov. 11 on the Ancient Andes
Matthew Sayre, Assistant Professor of Anthropology at the University of South Dakota, will present a lecture titled "Pilgrimage Across the Ancient Andes: From Machu Picchu to Chavin de Huantar," on Monday, Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. in Richards Hall Rm. 15. The lecture is free and open to the public.
Sayre's lecture is the third talk of The Lincoln-Omaha Society of the Archaeological Institute of America's lecture series on archaeology for the 2013-2014 season. Sayre, a noted expert on the archaeology of the ancient Incas of South America, will give a public lecture on the religious centers and customs of the Incas.
The iconic Inca site of Machu Picchu is recognized around the world not only for its beauty but also for the trails that lead to it. What is not as widely known is that pilgrimage centers existed across time and space in the pre-conquest Andes. This talk will explore the archaeology of some of these centers and will examine the fascinating history of the 3,000 year old temple of Chavin de Huantar where the presenter has worked for more than a decade.
Sayre is an archaeologist who has worked at the site of Chavin de Huantar in the Peruvian Andes since 2002. His work focuses on the ecological, agricultural, economic and ritual practices of the past inhabitants of Chavin. Prior to coming to the University of South Dakota, he was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford University, and he received his Ph.D. from UC Berkeley.
Sayre’s lecture is sponsored by the University of Nebraska, the Department of Art and Art History at UNL, and the Lincoln-Omaha Society of the Archaeological Institute of America.
Richards Hall is located at Stadium Drive and T sts. on the UNL city campus.
Future AIA lectures:
Monday, Feb. 24, 2014, at 7:30 p.m.
"Before the Parthenon: the Architecture of the Archaic Athenian Acropolis"
Nancy Klein, Texas A&M University
Room 15, Richards Hall, Stadium Drive, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Sunday, April 6, 2014, at 2 p.m.
"Underwater Archaeology: the New Holy Grails"
Bridget Buxton, University of Rhode Island
Abbott Lecture Hall, Joslyn Art Museum, 2201 Dodge Street, Omaha