Lori Jahnke, “Imperialism and the Family Business”

Science on Tap

Science on Tap is a monthly gathering that features a brief, informal presentation by a scientist or other expert followed by lively conversation.

The Late Intermediate Period (1000–1450 A.D.) on the coast of Peru was the scene for a complex array of social, political, and economic interactions. During this period the Chancay culture of the Central Coast flourished in the face of northern pressure from the encroaching Chimú Empire and the consolidation of the seafaring Chincha polity to the south. On February 8, 2010, Lori Jahnke, S. Gordon Castigliano CLIR Fellow at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia, examined osteological and archaeological data to reconstruct pre-colonial population structure on the Central Coast of Peru and discussed the challenges for conducting bioarchaeological research amidst ongoing archaeological site destruction.

Presented by the Mütter Museum of The College of Physicians of Philadelphia.