Posted on 21/11/2010
The week of 15-21st November saw a number of events associated with the Inca Ushnus project; a collaboration between the Geography Department at Royal Holloway, the British Museum, the University of Reading and the University of Huamanga, Peru, funded by the AHRC Landscape and Environment Programme. This three-year project examined the structure, location and function of ushnu platforms in Peru. These platforms were built as part of the Incas’ strategy of imperial expansion and were key sacred and political sites throughout the Inca Empire. An international conference entitled ‘Inca Ushnus: Landscape, Site and Symbol in the Andes’ was held 18-21 November 2010 at the British Museum and brought together Andean scholars from all over the world. Francisco Ferreira, a Geography PhD student, has been researching agricultural rituals and social organisation in the Andes as part of the Inca Ushnus project. An exhibition of photographs from his fieldworks were on display in the Clore Foyer West at the British Museum. The project team was also involved in the development of a display case on agricultural rituals in the Andes which is the British Museum’s Wellcome Trust Gallery.