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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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April 17th 2013:Rethinking Inca Archaeology: Contemporary Perspectives

The Inca presided over the largest empire in the Western hemisphere in pre-Columbian era. Ever since Hiram Bingham brought Machu Picchu (the most famous of all Inca sites) to the spotlight about a century ago, our fascination with this expansive indigenous culture has grown exponentially. Advances in archaeological methodologies over the past decade are casting new light on the settlement systems and social and economic organization of the Inca Empire. Researchers are unraveling the nature of complex infra-structures and unique administrative and organizational hierarchies. Our guest this week

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Terence D’Altroy

Terence D’Altroy is the Loubat Professor of American Archaeology in the Department of Anthropology and the founding Director of the Columbia Center for Archaeology at Columbia University. He has conducted research in Missouri, California, Mexico, Peru, and Argentina since 1969. Most recently, he has been supervising research by his students in the Cuzco region and royal plantations in the jungles north of Machu Picchu. His research and publications, including 5 books and monographs and about 50 articles, have dealt primarily with the principles and practice of Inca politics, economics, militarism, and infrastructure. At present, he is completing the second edition of The Incas (Blackwell), a
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