Thursday 29 September 5:30pm
For thousands of years the people living in much of the central Andes have been trading the cinnabar for its rich vermillion pigment and for jewelry making purposes. Due to the scientific advances in the research of mercury isotopes, researchers have able to pinpoint the geological sources of cinnabar to reconstruct the prehistoric networks that allowed for the distribution of this rare material. Drawing on this context, Richard Burger, anthropology professor at Yale University, will deliver a lecture titled "The Dazzle of Vermilion: Tracing the Early Cinnabar Trade in the Ancient Andes." His talk will explore the symbolism and use of cinnabar for three millennia. The lecture is sponsored by donors to the Jane Powell Dwyer Lecture Fund and the Friends of the Haffenreffer Museum of Anthropology. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. in the Salomon Center for Teaching, Room 001, the College Green.