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Engineering the Inka Empire:A Symposium on Sustainability & Ancient Technologies

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Engineering the Inka Empire

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian presents:

Engineering the Inka Empire: A Symposium on Sustainability and Ancient Technologies

One of civilization’s most impressive engineering achievements, the Inka Road (or Qhapaq Ñan) traversed the Inka Empire, which encompassed large territories of present-day Peru, Bolivia, Ecuador, Colombia, Argentina, and Chile. The symposium explores new theories and discoveries about the construction of the Inka Road and how these ancient techniques can be applied by modern engineers and city planners.  Insightful presentations by noted international engineers and scholars illuminate the planning, building, and sustainability of the magnificent Inka roads that 500 years ago integrated the rugged, mountainous world of the Andes.

National Museum of the American Indian Hosts Symposium on Inka Engineering: Panelists To Explore How Civil Engineers Can Apply Ancient Engineering Concepts

Lecturers RAMIRO MATOS COLIN McEWAN GARY URTON

Speakers include Crayla Alfaro (City of Cusco architect), José Alejandro Beltrán-Caballero(Universitat Rovira i Virgili), Wayne Clough (Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution), Christine Fiori(Virginia Tech), Ricardo Mar (Universitat Rovira i Virgili), Ramiro Matos (National Museum of the American Indian), Colin McEwan (Dumbarton Oaks), John Ochsendorf (MIT), Clifford Schexnayder(Arizona State University), Gary Urton (Harvard University),  Erika Vicente (Pontificia Universidad Católica del Peru), and Kenneth and Ruth Wright (Wright Water Engineers, Inc.), with closing remarks by Colin McEwan (Dumbarton Oaks).

This project was supported with internal Smithsonian Institution funds from the Consortium for World Cultures.

The program is presented in partnership with the Smithsonian Latino Center. Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian, will deliver opening remarks.

Co-sponsored by the National Museum of the American Indian and the Smithsonian Latino Center, this symposium was supported by the Smithsonian’s Consortium for Valuing World Cultures.

Engineering the Inka Empire:
A Symposium on Sustainability and Ancient Technologies

PROGRAM:

10:00 am Introduction by Jose Barreiro, National Museum of the American Indian

10:10 am Welcome by Kevin Gover, Director, National Museum of the American Indian

10:20 am Opening Remarks by Wayne Clough, Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution

10:45 am On Machu Picchu: Road Construction Technology and Water Management
Kenneth Wright, Wright Water Engineers, Inc.
Ruth Wright, Wright Paleohydrological Institute

11:30 am Visualizing Cusco: Archaeology of Architecture
Crayla Alfaro Aucca, Architect and Project Manager, City of Cusco, Peru
José Alejandro Beltrán-Caballero, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain
Ricardo Mar, Universitat Rovira i Virgili, Tarragona, Spain

12:15 pm Lunch break (on your own)

1:30 pm Engineering in the Andes: Indigenous Suspension Bridge Technology
John Ochsendorf, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

2:00 pm Engineering a World with Strings Attached: The Place of the Khipu in Building the Inka Empire Gary Urton, Harvard University

2:30 pm Break

2:45 pm Road Construction Technology in the High Cordillera
Christine Fiori, Virginia Tech University
Clifford Schexnayder, Arizona State University (emeritus)

3:30 pm The Inka Road through Ethnoarchaeology: Time and Space
Ramiro Matos, National Museum of the American Indian

4:00 pm Question & Answer Session

4:30 pm Closing Remarks by Colin McEwan, Dumbarton Oaks.

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Engineering the Inka Empire: A Symposium on Sustainability and Ancient Technologies

Thursday, November 14, 2013

10:00 am–5:00 pm, Rasmuson Theater

For the full program and bios of the speakers, click here.

It will be webcast live. Live webcast at

http://nmai.si.edu/multimedia/webcasts/

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Ramiro Matos - Cristina Fernandez - F. R.: Grecia Matos
El arqueólogo Ramiro Matos, Director para Latino América del Museo Nacional del Indio Americano del Smithsonian Institution, tuvo un encuentro cordial con la Sra. Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner, Presidenta de Argentina, en las instalaciones del citado Museo en Washington DC, a quien mostró las recientes salas dedicadas a los pueblos indígenas de América, en especial de Argentina, Perú, Chile y Bolivia. El recorrido estuvo a cargo de Dr. Matos y el Dr. José Barreiro. Posteriormente la Presidenta dirigió un discurso refiriéndose a la cultura andina y sus aspectos vinculantes entre los países sudamericanos.

Fuente: Prensa Casa Rosada, Sabado 10 de Abril 2010
En su segundo día de estadía oficial en Washington, la presidenta Cristina Fernández visitó el Instituto Smithsonian, que expondrá durante seis meses un homenaje a la Independencia argentina, a 200 años de la creación de su primer gobierno patrio. Cristina Fernández mantuvo un encuentro con el Secretario general de la institución Wayne Clough; el subsecretario de arte, historia y cultura del museo, Richard Kurin y el director del centro latino del museo, Eduardo Díaz. La presidenta estuvo acompañada por el canciller Jorge Taiana, el embajador Héctor Timerman, el secretario de Cultura, Jorge Coscia, y el secretario de Legal y Técnica, Carlos Zannini. Tras recorrer las instalaciones del instituto y observar la muestra, la Presidenta se trasladó a uno de los 19 museos que tiene el Smithsonian, denominado del “indio americano”, un edificio dedicado a la historia de los pueblos originarios de América.

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Video: Cristina Fernandez visita el Museo del Indio Americano del Smithsonian
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