Friday, April 18, 2014

Perú: National Geographic Museum in Washington to Host Pre-Inca Artifacts April 10-September 30

According to The Peruvian Times, The National Geographic Museum in Washington, DC has opened an exhibition showcasing the craftsmanship in gold and silver of Peru’s pre-Inca civilizations.

The address of the National Geographic Museum is:

1145 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

The exhibit entitled "Peruvian Gold: Ancient Treasures Unearthed," is described as a “journey through civilizations from 1250 BC to AD 1450, learning through the ceremonial gold, silver, ceramics, and textiles created by these sophisticated peoples.”

“Visitors will learn about the latest techniques for excavating tombs and examine how technology is offering new insights into the complex civilizations that existed in ancient Peru,” the National Geographic says on its website: 

http://events.nationalgeographic.com/events/national-geographic-museum

COMMENT: Fredrik Hiebert, a National Geographic archaeology fellow, who is the exhibition’s curator, said that the exhibit includes nearly 100 objects that were borrowed from national museums in Perú.

Hiebert said that the focus of the exhibit is  the series of pre-Inca civilizations that flourished along Perú’s northern coast, especially the Moche and Sican cultures.

“This is the only time that many of these pieces will visit the US and probably won’t come back again,” Hiebert said.

The exhibition opened April 10 and will run through September 30.