100 years of exploration in the Llanos de Moxos
Reflections on past, present and future of the archaeology of eastern Bolivia
Dr Eduardo Machicado-Murillo is currently working as a field archaeologist for the Cambridge Archaeological Unit (CAU), and a research associate of The Charles McBurney Laboratory for Geoarchaeology. He has been carrying out research in Bolivia since 2001. Eduardo received a Licenciatura from Universidad Mayor de San Andres (2009) and has a MPhil in Archaeological Research (2011) and a PhD from the University of Cambridge (2017).
Friday 27 October 2017, 18.30
Room G34, Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E 7HU
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The history of Amazonia remains shrouded in mystery, as the largest natural reserve and final frontier for exploration in the continent. Within the basin, the Llanos de Moxos in eastern Bolivia has attracted a fair amount of scientific interest in recent decades. In this talk, Eduardo will tell us about the archaeology of the region and highlight the unexpected discoveries that are changing our modern perception of Pre-Columbian life in the tropical forest.
For almost a century, Amazonia was considered peripheral to the development of American civilisation. However, recent investigations show that it was home for dense and highly organised societies, contemporaneous with the expansion of the Tiwanaku Empire (800 – 1200 AD).
Scientific exploration in the Llanos de Moxos has an important effect on conservation policy and economic development of eastern Bolivia. This is particularly important, in the face of highly controversial development projects and claims to political autonomy.