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Flagler to host lecture on Andean mummies and archaeology of the Incas

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March 18, 2013

Constanza Ceruti, the only female Andean high altitude archaeologist in the world, will give a lecture at Flagler College on "Andean Mummies, Sacred Mountains and the Archaeology of the Incas in Latin America."

The lecture will take place Wednesday, March 20, at 12 p.m. in the Flagler Room of the former Ponce de Leon Hotel at 74 King St. It is free and open to the public.

Ceruti's research revolves around exploring and excavating Inca Empire ceremonial centers in the summits of sacred Andean mountains.

She has climbed over 100 mountains above 5,000 meters to study mountaintop shrines of the Inca civilization, having co-discovered the best preserved frozen mummies at 6,739 meters on the summit of volcano Llullaillaco.

She graduated from the University of Buenos Aires, and holds a Ph.D. from the University of Cuyo. She is a scientific investigator for the National Council for Scientific Research in Argentina and a professor of Inca Archaeology at Catholic University of Salta. She is the author of nine books and more than 80 academic publications, and she has lectured and traveled throughout five continents.

She has been awarded the Gold Medal of the University of Buenos Aires and the Gold Condor of the Argentine Army. She has also been named an Emerging Explorer by the National Geographic Society. In 2009 she was an invited speaker at the TED global conference in Oxford and the Women´s Forum for the Economy and Society in Deauville (France).