Archeologist Jerry Moore Incidence of Travel: Recent Journeys in Ancient South America
Archeologist Jerry Moore Discusses his new book Incidence of Travel: Recent Journeys in Ancient South America
Sunday June 4th @ 3pm
In Incidence of Travel, archaeologist Jerry Moore draws on his personal experiences and historical and archaeological studies throughout South America to explore and understand the ways traditional peoples created cultural landscapes in the region. Using new narrative structures, Moore introduces readers to numerous archaeological sites and remains, describing what it is like to be in the field and sparking further reflection on what these places might have been like in the past.
From the snow-capped mountains of Colombia to the arid deserts of Peru and Chile, ancient peoples of South America built cities, formed earthen mounds, created rock art, and measured the cosmos—literally inscribing their presence and passage throughout the continent. Including experiences ranging from the terrifying to the amusing, Moore’s travels intersect with the material traces of traditional cultures. He refers to this intersection as "the incidence of travel." Braiding the tales of his own journeys with explanations of the places he visits through archaeological, anthropological, and historical contexts, Moore conveys the marvelous and intriguing complexities of prehistoric and historic peoples of South America and the ways they marked their presence on the land.
Combining travel narrative and archaeology in a series of essays—accounts of discoveries, mishaps of travel, and encounters with modern people living in ancient places—Incidence of Travel will engage any general reader, student, or scholar with interest in archaeology, anthropology, Latin American history, or storytelling.
Jerry Moore is an archaeologist, writer, editor, and professor of anthropology at California State University Dominguez Hill. Moore has conducted archaeological research in Peru, Mexico, and southern California. Moore's principal expertise is on the prehistoric architecture and cultural landscapes in the Andes. He has written the books, "Architecture and Power in the Prehispanic Andes: The Archaeology of Public Buildings" (1996 Cambridge University Press), "Cultural Landscapes in the Prehispanic Andes: Archaeologies of Place" (2005 University Press of Florida), "The Prehistory of Home" (2012, University of California Press)--selected for the 2014 Society for American Archaeology Book Award--"A Prehistory of South America: Ancient Cultural Diversity on the Least-Known Continent" (2014, University Press of Colorado), and "Incidence of Travel: Recent Journeys in Ancient South America" (2017, University Press of Colorado). Moore is the co-editor with Donald Laylander of "The Prehistory of Baja California: Advances in the Archaeology of the Forgotten Peninsula" (2006 University Press of Florida) which was chosen as a 2007 Choice Distinguished Book. Also, Moore has written one of the leading textbooks on anthropological theory, "Visions of Culture: An Introduction to Anthropological Theories and Theorists" (2012, Altamira) and he edited a companion collection of primary materials, "Visions of Culture: An Annotated Reader" (2009). Moore's writings have been translated into Spanish, French, Han Chinese, Turkish, and Croatian. Moore was also the editor of "Ñawpa Pacha: Journal of Andean Archaeology", from 2011-2014; he is now editor-elect of the same journal. Moore has been a Fellow in Precolumbian Studies at Harvard's Dumbarton Oaks Research Libraries and Collections in Washington D.C. (1992-93), a senior scholar at the Sainsbury Centre for the Visual Arts at the University of East Anglia (1994), a Fellow at the Getty Research Institute (2001-2002), and a Fellow at the Institute of Advanced Studies, Durham University, UK (2013). He lives with his family in Long Beach, California, and provides food service to three cats.