Learn more about Native American history by attending the following lectures this week:
March 9, 10:00 AM-12:00 PM
Pre-Columbian Society at the Penn Museum Workshop
"Andean Textile Workshop: Khipu and Pre-Khipu Making"
Dr. Jeffrey C. Splitstoser, Textile Specialist for the Huaca Prieta Archaeological Project, and Dr. Anne Tiballi, Director of Archaeological Textile Studies for the California Institute for Peruvian Studies will offer a workshop on making and interpreting Inka Khipu (quipu) and the wrapped batons or sticks that are believed to be pre-khipu; precursors of the Khipu. Participants will devise a pattern to execute on the wrapped sticks and make khipu with birth date or other significant information on it. The workshop will include an introduction to yarn spin/ply analysis, as yarn qualities are important to the codification of information in the khipu, and will include all materials.
Pre-registration Required at email@example.com, or call 732-681-8426 for information.
There will be a charge of $20.00 for the workshop, or $10.00 for students.
3260 South Street,
March 9, 1:30 PM
Pre-Columbian Society at the Penn Museum Lecture
"Are 2,000-Years-Old Wrapped Batons and Wrapped Cords from Cerrillos, Peru, Pre-Khipus, Precursors of Inka Khipu?
Jeffrey C. Splitstoser, PhD, Textile Specialist for the Huaca Prieta Archaeological Project
During excavations in 2003 at the Paracas site of Cerrillos, an important discovery was made of short wooden rods wrapped with colored, camelid-hair yarn. Attached to, and dangling from, them are sets of pattern-wrapped cords. The wrapping of both cords and batons created multiple patterns based on yarn color, yarn structure, and band width, and they might have implications for our understanding of the nature and development of khipu knotted-string devices that served as the primary recordkeeping tool for the Inka, and possibly Wari Empires.
Jeffrey C. Splitstoser is currently the Textile Specialist for the Huaca Prieta Archaeological Project directed by Dr. Tom Dillehay. Splitstoser is a research associate of the Institute of Andean Studies, the Vice President of the Boundary End Archaeology Research Center in Barnardsville, North Carolina, and the editor, with Dr. George Stuart, of its peer-reviewed journal, Ancient America. He provides consultation on Andean textiles for the National Museum of the American Indian.
3260 South Street,
March 9, 11:00 AM
San Diego Archaeology Society Lecture
"Seafaring, Spear Points, and the Peopling of the New World: Perspectives from the California Coast"
Dr. Todd Braje
Little more than a decade ago, most archaeologists believed they knew when and how the Americas were first settled. Today, there are more questions than answers about the origins of the First Americans. I discuss the implications of recent research along the Pacific Coast of North America focusing primarily on technological evidence in the form of distinctive stemmed projectile points found in early sites around the Pacific Rim. This is a projectile technology quite different from the fluted points of the Clovis and Folsom traditions. These data suggest that the Pacific Coast and California was at the epicenter of Paleoindian origins and may link the initial colonization of the Americas to one of the most significant maritime migrations in human history.
Dr. Braje is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at San Diego State University. He earned his Ph.D. in 2007 from the University of Oregon, Department of Anthropology (Archaeology). His dissertation: Archaeology, Human Impacts, and Historical Ecology on San Miguel Island, California was followed up with a book published in 2010, Modern Oceans, Ancient Sites: Archaeology and Marine Conservation on San Miguel Island, California.
Los Peñasquitos Ranch House
Los Peñasquitos Canyon Preserve
12122 Canyonside Park Driveway
San Diego, California
Courtesy Mike Ruggeri.