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Archaeologist to bring mountains of the world to Dahlonega

Dr. Ceruti hiking
Dr. Constanza Ceruti hiking a volcano in Chile

From the peaks of mountains around the world to a tomb of Incan mummies wrapped in ice, Dr. Constanza Ceruti will be visiting Dahlonega in March to share her archaeological adventures.

Ceruti, the only female Andean high-altitude archaeologist in the world, has climbed more than 100 mountains above 5,000 meters to study shrines left behind by the Inca civilization. During her presentation at the University of North Georgia's Dahlonega campus, she will discuss her travels and her co-discovery of three Incan mummies found perfectly preserved in ice.

Dr. Constanza Ceruti
Dr. Constanza Ceruti

"Ceruti has climbed countless numbers of mountains and led her team to discover the best preserved mummies of the Incan civilization," said Dr. Alvaro Torres-Calderón, associate professor of Spanish at UNG. "Among several other awards, she has been recognized by the National Geographic Society for contributing immensely to the fields of archaeology and anthropology. Those interested in history and exploration should not miss this amazing opportunity to know more about the Incas and Dr. Ceruti's travels."

Calderón said Ceruti will take the audience around the world exploring the diversity of cultural traditions and rituals devoted to the mountains.

The three mummies co-discovered by Ceruti were deemed the "best-preserved frozen mummies," and were discovered on the summit of the volcano Mount Llullaillaco in the Andes at 6,739 meters. Other notable locations she has explored include the Himalayas, Scandinavia, Polynesia, and Latin America.

Currently a scientific investigator for the National Council for Scientific Research in Argentina, Ceruti also teaches Inca Archaeology as a professor at the Catholic University of Salta. She has written nine books and more than 80 academic publications, and has lectured on five continents.

The seminar, titled "Inca Archaeology, Ice Mummies and the Anthropology of Sacred Mountains" will be held on March 6 at 7 p.m. in the David Potter Special Collections Room of the Library Technology Center on UNG's Dahlonega campus.

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