The gold of Colombia and the legend of El Dorado: New discoveries

8 March 2017

The gold of Colombia and the legend of El Dorado: New discoveries (lecture by Marcos Martinon-Torres)

Marcos Martinón-Torres has been invited, by the Anglo-Colombian Society, to present his research at the Colombian Consulate on 13 March.

The legend of a lost gold city, El Dorado, is as fascinating today as it was five hundred years ago. The dream has sparked countless expeditions into the depths in South America, some of them quite recent, and it remains alive in Colombian popular culture. From the name of Bogotá’s airport to the prominent display of the gold Muisca raft in the Museo del Oro, El Dorado seems an inseparable part of Colombia. But what is, or was, El Dorado, and what can archaeology and science tell us about it?

In this talk, Marcos will draw on his joint research with the Museo del Oro staff to try to address these and other questions. Using scientific techniques to study Pre-Hispanic goldwork, he will reveal hitherto unknown aspects of the manufacture and use of gold among the Muisca, and present a renewed perspective on the Muisca raft.

The event starts at 6.30pm and will be followed by a reception. 

The entrance is free for members of the Anglo-Colombian Society. Non-members are also very welcome and tickets are available from the Secretary.

The Colombian Consulate is located at:

Ground Floor, Westcott House, 35 Portland Place, London W1B 1AE