Film, Talk to Examine Archeology of Andes

March 13th, 2013 | Categories: Uncategorized

SUNY Oneonta will host a film screening and talk by Alex Mantha, an anthropological archeologist who specializes in the central Andes of Peru, on Tuesday, March 19.

“Rapayán,” a film chronicling Mantha’s work in the the Rapayán Valley of the Andes, will be shown at 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Red Dragon Theater in the Hunt College Union. Earlier in the day, Mantha will present a talk titled “Negotiating Funerary Practices: Inca and Spanish Colonial Occupations of the Rapayán Valley in the Central Andes of Peru” in Room 318 of the Milne Library 318. The talk will begin at 11 a.m. Both events are free and open to the public.

Produced by Francis Delfour, “Rapayán” follows Mantha and his team as they explore the ruins of an indigenous settlement on the slopes overlooking the Peruvian village of Rapayán. The film exposes a cultural conflict between residents contending with modernization and the archaeologists eager to preserve an ancient cultural patrimony.

For the past decade, Mantha’s research has focused on the little-studied Rapayán Valley and the broader Upper Marañón region of Andean South America. Through the study of architectural structures and their spatial distribution, as well as ethnohistorical documents, he has explored concepts such as territoriality, identity, ancestor veneration, political complexity, kinship and social change within this remote area of the Andes.

This event is sponsored by the college’s History and Anthropology departments, History Club and the Office of the President.