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MC archaeology lecture will trace the history of Andean gold

“4000 Years of Andean Gold” will be explored Oct. 8 during the first in a series of archaeology lectures at Monmouth College.
Free and open to the public, the lecture will be presented at 7:30 p.m. in the Pattee Auditorium of the new Center for Science and Business.
Mark Aldenderfer, professor of anthropology at the University of California-Merced, will discuss ways in which golden objects were used by four cultures in the ancient Andes. Those cultures include the hunters and gatherers of the Titicaca basin (2000 B.C.), the Chavin culture of the central Andes (900 B.C.), the Moche (A.D. 400) and the Chimu (A.D. 1200).
“Gold first serves as a personal adornment that has a social meaning and, through time, becomes identified with power and religious ideology,” said Aldenderfer, who is also dean of the university’s School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts.
The lecture series is sponsored by MC’s classics department, in cooperation with the Western Illinois Society of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA).