Archaeologist featured on National Geographic to speak at UNC Asheville about Andean discoveries

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From UNC Asheville:

Mark Aldenderfer, whose work has been featured on PBS National Geographic Specials, will discuss the use of golden objects in four cultures in a lecture, “4000 years of Andean Gold,” at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 27, in UNC Asheville’s Ramsey Library, Whitman Room. This event is free and open to the public.

Aldenderfer specializes in the archaeology of the Tibetan Plateau, Himalayan arc and Andes, and in comparative analysis of high altitude cultural and biological adaptations. He has conducted fieldwork in Tibet, Nepal, Peru, Argentina, Ethiopia and throughout the United States, and is dean and professor at the School of Social Sciences, Humanities and Arts at University of California, Merced. His work has been featured in the National Geographic Specials , Cave People of the Himalaya (2012) and Secrets of Shangri-La (2009).

The talk is co-sponsored by UNC Asheville’s Classics and Art Departments, and the Archaeological Institute of America. For more information contact Laurel Taylor, UNC Asheville lecturer in art and classics and president of the WNC Chapter of the Archaeological Institute of America, at 828.251.6290 or

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