Ancient Peruvian cultures flourished in some of the most diverse and challenging environments on the planet, from arid deserts to high mountains and Amazonian forests.
Cecilia Pardo-Grau, Lead Curator for the exhibition Peru: a journey in time, chairs a panel of experts as they explore this ancient landscape and its people.
Geoarchaeologist Dr Ana Cecilia Mauricio will talk about how the reconstruction of past climates and environments has improved our understanding of pre-Hispanic societies and important social transformations.
Dr Markus Reindel will draw on recent research related to the Paracas and Nasca cultures and the influence of climatic changes on the development of pre-Hispanic societies in southern Peru.
Dr Gabriel Prieto will talk about coastal societies and their sustaining relationship with the Pacific Ocean.
Ahead of the event, read Cecilia Pardo-Grau’s blog(Opens in new window) examining the different landscapes and environments, as well as the cultures and histories of Peru.
This event is part of the public programme accompanying Peru: a journey in time at the British Museum (11 November 2021 – 20 February 2022), supported by PROMPERÚ and organised with the Museo de Arte de Lima, Peru.
Nazca lines seen from above. Photo © Talía Barreda / PROMPERÚ