Feb. 19: Third Sunday Archeology to Discuss Pre-Incan Chavín Temple

Event Details


Date: February 18, 2012

Times: 2 p.m.

Location: Gilbert Science Center, Room #100, Augustana College

Ticket Info: Free and open to the public.

February's installment of Augustana's Third Sunday Archeology Program will feature Dr. Matthew Sayre, assistant professor of anthropology at the University of South Dakota. Sayre's discussion on "Life at Chavín de Huántar, a 3,000-Year-Old Temple in Peru" will begin at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, at the Gilbert Science Center Auditorium (GSC #100) on the Augustana Campus.

For the past decade, Sayre has been researching Chavín de Huántar, an ancient pre-Incan temple in the Peruvian Andes with a wealth of major structures, sculptures, carvings and other decorative art elements that was used as a religious center for ceremonies and events. Chavín is a UNESCO World Heritage site that has long-attracted the interest of archeologists and scholars and even inspired Pablo Picasso to say, "Of all of the ancient cultures I admire, that of Chavín amazes me the most. Actually, it has been the inspiration behind most of my art."

The illustrated lecture is free and open to the public with a question-and-answer session to follow.

This program is funded in part by Augustana College's Mellon Fund Committee, by Augustana's Archeology Laboratory, and by the Sioux Falls Chapter of the South Dakota Archaeological Society.

Pictured right, an artistic rendering of the Raimondi Stela found at Chavín.

Pictured below, a panorama taken on location at Chavín de Huántar.

Panorama of Chavín


Dr. L. Adrien Hannus
Director, Archeology Lab
Augustana College
605.274.5493
adrien.hannus@augie.edu