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Life and death on the coast of the Atacama Desert, Northern Chile

September 01, 2018 @ 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Speaker: Dr Chris Carter

Academy Travel continue to be proud sponsors of the Nicholson Museum’s 2018 Saturday series, Postcards from the Past.

Despite being within one of the driest deserts on earth, the coast of Northern Chile has been inhabited by humans for over 10,000 years. Within a limited range of habitats, local cultures were characterised by an economy based on limited terrestrial and abundant marine resources. Through time, agriculture became part of their economy and cultural and technological influences were introduced from areas further afield, including Tiwanaku and Inka, through to the Spanish who arrived in the 16th century.

This lecture will introduce the prehistory of this spectacular region, discuss the timing and origin of the first settlers, their burial practices (including the oldest artificial mummies in the world) and how they managed their economy in such a harsh environment.

Dr Christopher Carter is an archaeologist with over 20 years’ experience leading tours to Central and South America, Spain and Ireland as well as within Australia. He is particularly interested in human interaction within landscapes and the formative period of cultural development. Chris has a BA(Hons), MA and PhD from the Australian National University (ANU). He has worked as a tutor at the ANU and lectured at both the ANU and University of Sydney Centres for Continuing Education. When not leading tours, Chris works as an archaeological consultant and heritage advisor.

This event is free, though booking through the Nicholson Museum is required. Contact # (02) 9351 2812.


September 1, 2018
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm


Dr Chris Carter


General Lecture Theatre, Main Quadrangle, University of Sydney
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Camperdown, NSW 2050 Australia
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