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Next AIA-Orange County Society Lecture

Sunday, April 12, 2015, 2:00-4:00 PM


at Concordia University

Dr. Charles Stanish

Professor of Anthropology and
Director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles

Dr. Charles Stanish specializes in the development of complex political and economic systems in the pre-modern world. He has worked extensively throughout South America. His theoretical work focuses on the roles that trade, war and labor play in the evolution of human cooperation.

An article by Dr. Stanish was published May 5, 2014 in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences describing newly analyzed rock lines created by the Paracas culture, located in the Chinca Valley of Peru and dating to 300 BC. This date precedes the zoomorphic lines created by the Nazca culture dating to 100 BC.

Surveys have revealed a number of large mounds throughout the valley. Several of the mounds and lines are aligned with the summer solstice so Stanish and his colleagues feel the lines and mounds probably served as a way to mark time during festivals. Some of the lines appear to frame pyramid structures.

The lines and mounds are located approx 9 miles from settlements on the coast. Stanish believes these reflect the remains of ancient fairgrounds built on land useless for farming and were intended to attract trades people and buyers from the coast and the Andean highlands.

Near future excavations will focus on excavation of pyramids near the coast looking for artifacts that would link settlements to the desert lines and mounds.

Additional Information for Lectures at Concordia University ...

Refreshments will be served after the meeting.

Members - Free (members may also bring a guest free of charge)
Non-members - $5 suggested contribution
Students - Free

DeNault Auditorium in Grimm Hall
Concordia University
1530 Concordia West
Irvine, CA

Take Jeffrey Drive south from the San Diego Freeway (I-405)
Jeffrey Drive becomes University Drive south of the 405 Freeway
Turn left at Ridgeline Dr. and go a very short block
Turn right at Concordia East
Pick up a free parking pass at the gate house.

Park in visitor parking opposite Grimm Hall (see campus map)