Institute of Archaeology


South American Archaeology Seminar

25 November 2023, 9:30 am–5:00 pm

A person in a brown dress/tunic (only body and arms/hands shown) holding a ceramic artefact (grey with brown painted pattern)

The next South American Archaeology Seminar will be held at the UCL Institute of Archaeology on 25 November 2023.

Event Information

Open to







Bill Sillar – Institute of Archaeology


Room 612
Institute of Archaeology
31-34 Gordon Square


9.30 am  Coffee/ Registration

  • 10.00 Danny Zborover (British Museum), Maria Cecilia Lozada, Alex Badill and Erika Simborth Lozada. Corral Redondo and Historical Gold Mining in the Ocoña Valley of Southern Peru 
  • 10.35 Grace Alexandrino (University of California Santa Cruz), Francesca Fernandini (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú) and Carla Márquez (UCL): The Social Impact of Cultural Interventions in Archaeological Sites: Cerro de Oro, Peru 

11.10-11.40am Coffee

  • 11.40: João Darcy de Moura Saldanha (CHAIA- Évora University, Portugal): Pre-Colombian Legacy and Contemporary Indigenous Knowledge in Coastal Amazonia: Results of an engaged archaeology among the Palikur
  • 12.15: Francisca Gili (Universidad Finis Terrae, Chile): Reanimating archaeological Andean whistling bottles and their soundscapes

12.50-2pm Lunch

  • 2.00: Adrián Oyaneder (University of Exeter): Northern Chile's Chacu and Caycu: two types of large-scale ungulate trap in the Andes
  • 2.35: Alejandro Serna (University of York): Southern Cone hunter-gatherers from a molecular perspective: new insights on Late Holocene Patagonian mobility and pottery use

3.10-3.40pm Tea

  • 3.40: Artzi Bat-Ami (Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino), Sanja Savkic (Kunsthistorisches Institut, Florenz): Altering and Restarting: Termination Practices in Ancient Central Andes and Mesoamerica 
  • 4.15: Peter Eeckhout (Université libre de Bruxelles): The archaeological evidence for mitmaquna, yanacona, and aclla at Pachacamac in the Late Horizon

The programme and abstracts are available to download here

Attendees (including speakers) will be asked to pay £10.00 towards the cost of coffee, tea & lunch.  To book a place, please email:  andrea.carrasco.19@ucl.ac.uk

The next meeting date is likely to be: Saturday 18 May 2024If you would like to give a talk at a future South American Archaeology Seminar or for further information please contact Bill Sillar (b.sillar@ucl.ac.uk)

Organisers: Bill Sillar, Andrea Martinez Carrasco, Cristian Gonzalez Rodriguez & Carla Marquez Abad

Image: An experimental whistling bottle (Image courtesy of Francisca Gili)