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Project Overview

At the core of our programme are three cross-disciplinary symposia on the themes of the archaeology, history and linguistics of the Andes. Each symposium will bring together, by invitation only, about twenty-five leading international scholars from across these disciplines; they will lead to three corresponding edited volumes of papers by participants, to be published under the auspices of the British Academy, which is providing the main funding for our project, through its UK-Latin American/Caribbean Link Programme. There are two phases in this project:

• UK phase: mid-September 2008

• Andean countries phase (Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador): July 2009

In each phase the symposia are complemented by a programme of ancillary events, public lectures, seminars and meetings structured around an 'extended stay' for the key Latin American and UK participants, such as Prof. Rodolfo Cerrón-Palomino in the UK and Prof. Colin Renfrew in Peru.


Organisers and Conveners

Our project is organised jointly by Andean linguists, and archaeologists at both of the hosting institutions:

• The lead organisers for all events, at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in Cambridge, are Dr Paul Heggarty and Dr David Beresford-Jones.

• Our Peruvian partners, at the Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú in Lima, are Professors Rodolfo Cerrón-Palomino and Peter Kaulicke.

• The London symposium is jointly organised with Dr Adrian Pearce, of the Institute for the Study of the Americas, part of the University of London.

• The British Museum day is made possible thanks to the support of Dr Colin McEwan, head of the Americas Section at the museum.

• Dr John Hemming has provided invaluable support and guidance, particularly for the British Museum event.

• We wish to thank also Prof. Bernard Comrie for his immensely valuable support as our main referee.



The major funding that has made this programme possible comes through a successful application to the UK-Latin American/Caribbean Link Programme of the British Academy. The Cambridge Symposium is further supported by a significant contribution from the conferences support fund at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research. Within our UK 'extended stay' programme, meanwhile, our flagship workshop has been part-funded also by the hosting institution, the Institute for the Study of the Americas in London.

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