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International conference kicks off with keynote address by Andean archaeologist

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Flagler’s “Franciscan Florida in pan-Borderlands Perspective: Adaptation, Negotiation and Resistance” international conference kicked off this morning with a keynote address by Constanza Ceruti of the Campus de Castañares
 Salta in Argentina.

Ceruti’s lecture focused on the beliefs and rituals of the native peoples of the Andes, focusing on the perception of sacred mountains and supernatural entities in the Andean landscape.

Ceruti 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.

The conference features scholars from institutions such as Flagler, the University of Chicago, Stanford University, the University of North Florida, Harvard University, the University of California - Berkeley, the University of Dresden, the University of Arizona and others as well as representatives of the Hopi, Navajo, and Ohlone peoples.

The conference continues through March 15. For more information, visit