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Sacrifice in the Ancient Andes
with Dr. Kimberly Jones, Dallas Museum of Art
Friday, November 18 | 6 pm
Scholars of the ancient Americas face a notable challenge when presenting the topics of sacrifice, decapitation, and ritual violence—so prevalent within the visual arts of the ancient Americas—to an audience generally less familiar with the particular historical contexts and differing cultural values. Museum curators face this issue acutely, beyond the bounded walls of an academic institution. As David Carrasco notes in City of Sacrifice (1999), the engagement with, or avoidance of, such sacrificial practices may equally rouse the passions of contemporary audiences. In this lecture, Dr. Jones explores the role of sacrifice and ritual violence among ancient Andean populations through varying perspectives as field archaeologist, Andean scholar, university faculty, art historian and museum curator. Dr. Jones presents a select few case studies to offer not only a general survey of ancient Andean cultures but also the distinct contexts and their scholarly debates in Andean studies.