John Janusek to Present AIA Lecture (with libations) on January 27

john-janusekInstead of our usual venue (the Parthenon), John Janusek, associate professor of anthropology, Vanderbilt University, will deliver an Archaeological Institute of America lecture on Tuesday, January 27, at 6 pm at the Yazoo Taproom, 910 Division Street. In his lecture, titled “Beer. Brewing, and Empire in Ancient South America,” Janusek will talk about his research and excavation of the Tiwanaku in the South American Andes in Bolivia.

An archaeologist interested in the development of complex societies and cities in the South American Andes, he has worked in the Bolivian highlands since 1987, conducting research principally focused on the Tiwanaku civilization and its precursors. He currently directs an interdisciplinary research project at the sites of Khonkho Wankane and Iruhito in the southern Lake Titicaca Basin.

Among his publications include these books titled Identity and Power in the Ancient Andes (Routledge, 2004) and Ancient Tiwanaku, part of Case Studies in Early Societies (Cambridge University Press, 2008).

Free and open to the public, Janusek’s lecture is sponsored by the Nashville Society of the Archaeological Institute of America, the Conservancy for the Parthenon and Centennial Park, and Vanderbilt’s Department of Classical Studies and Department of History of Art.

The Yazoo Taproom opens its doors at 5:30 p.m., and the lecture begins at 6 p.m. There will be a free beer ticket to anyone who is already an AIA member or who joins the evening of the lecture. Other sales support the AIA.

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