Dr. Constanza Ceruti uncovers an Incan ice mummy.
Dr. Constanza Ceruti uncovers an Incan ice mummy on Mount Llullaillaco.



International Scholar-in-Residence to Speak at Armstrong


(January 25, 2012) Dr. Constanza Ceruti will present four lectures regarding her work in the Andes Mountains on February 3, 7 and 8 on the Armstrong campus, as part of an International Scholar-in-Residence Symposium. Ceruti is a professor of Inca Archaeology at Catholic University of Salta, a partner university of Armstrong, and the lectures are free and open to the public.

Ceruti is the only female Andean high altitude archaeologist in the world. She has climbed over 100 mountains and above 5000 meters to study mountaintop shrines of the Inca civilization, and she co-discovered the best-preserved frozen mummies (at 6739 meters) on the summit of the Llullaillaco volcano, the highest archaeological site on earth.

The academic adventurer is also the author of seven books and more than seventy academic publications, and she has lectured and traveled throughout the five continents. Ceruti was named an Emerging Explorer of the National Geographic Society and was one of the five awardees representing Catholic University of Salta at the Prince of Asturias Ceremony in 2006. In 2009, she was an invited speaker at the TED global conference in Oxford and the Women´s Forum for the Economy and Society in Deauville.

Lecture Information

Friday, February 3
11:00 a.m. in the Student Union’s Ogeechee Theater
Sacred Mountains of the World
As an anthropologist who specializes in sacred mountains, Dr. Constanza Ceruti will take the audience around the world, exploring the diversity of cultural traditions and rituals devoted to the mountains, from the mighty Himalayan peaks to the active volcanoes of Central America, and from the snowcapped hills in Scandinavia to the legendary volcanoes of Polynesia.

Tuesday, February 7
11:00 a.m. in the Student Union’s Ogeechee Theater
Sacred Volcanoes of Patagonia
In this presentation, Dr. Constanza Ceruti will share her love for the landscapes of Patagonia and her firsthand experience exploring some of the hidden jewels of Patagonia: hiking in Torres del Paine, climbing to the summit of volcanoes Osorno, Lanin and Villarrica; visiting ancient rock-art sites and learning about the folklore and rituals of the native groups on the far side of the world.

Tuesday, February 7
12:30 p.m. in the Student Union’s Ogeechee Theater
Ice Mummies and High Altitude Archeology in the Andes
Dr. Constanza Ceruti will be lecturing about her personal experience in the archaeological exploration on peaks above 5000 meters, in the search of Inca mountain shrines. She will focus on the excavations on Mount Llullaillaco (6739 m), the highest archaeological site in the world, where she and Dr. Johan Reinhard (National Geographic Society) discovered three perfectly preserved ice mummies of Inca children and more than one hundred exquisite offerings of typical Inca style.

Wednesday, February 8
10:00 a.m. at University Hall 156
Sacred Mountains of the World
As an anthropologist who specializes in sacred mountains, Dr. Constanza Ceruti will take the audience around the world exploring the diversity of cultural traditions and rituals devoted to the mountains, from the mighty Himalayan peaks to the active volcanoes of Central America, and from the snowcapped hills in Scandinavia to the legendary volcanoes of Polynesia.

For more information, please contact Armstrong’s Office of International Education at 912.344.3128 or email .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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