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National Geographic Society’s Constanza Ceruti to speak at Moravian College

“Sacred Mountains and High Altitude Rituals” is the focus of Earth Day presentation

Constanza CerutiBethlehem, Pa., March 24, 2014—Constanza Ceruti, an emerging explorer of the National Geographic Society, will present “Sacred Mountains and High Altitude Rituals" at Moravian College on Earth Day, Tuesday, April 22, at 7 p.m. The talk, which is open to the public, will be held in the UBC room of the Haupert Union Building (the HUB), at 7 p.m. She is the keynote speaker of2014 for the Environmental Studies and Sciences Film and Lecture Series at Moravian.

Ceruti is an up-and-coming explorer of the National Geographic Society. She is an expert in the fields of high altitude archaeology and the anthropology of sacred mountains. After her graduation at University of Buenos Aires in 1996, she earned her Ph.D. at University of Cuyo in 2001. She is Scientific Investigator of the National Council for the Scientific Research (CONICET) in Argentina, a Professor of Inca Archaeology at Catholic University of Salta and the Director of the Institute of High Mountain Research at the same University.

For decades she has been the only female Andean high-altitude archaeologist in the world. Her anthropological interest in sacred mountains and world´s religions goes beyond the vast Andean range: she has been to the Nepal Himalayas, India, Thailand, Australia, Polynesia, Egypt, Morocco, Turkey, Greece, Norway, Italy, France, Spain, Greenland, Canada, Alaska, United States, Mexico, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Brazil, Peru and Chile.

Not only has Ceruti made a name for herself in regards to high-altitude mountain climbing, but, she is the author of more than one hundred scientific publications, including ten books. She participated as project co-director in four of Johan Reinhard´s archaeological expeditions in 1999 and 2000, funded by the National Geographic Society. On the summit of volcano Llullaillaco (22,100 feet) - the site of the highest archaeological work ever undertaken - Reinhard and Ceruti discovered three of the best preserved mummies in the world, together with several gold and silver statues and sumptuary objects of typical Inca style.

After coordinating the scientific studies of the mummies and artifacts for six years, Ceruti co-authored a book on Inca Rituals and Sacred Mountains, published by the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA. She has lectured at dozens of museums and universities in Europe and the U.S., including the University of Harvard. Ceruti has been recognized countless times for her awards, including the Gold Condor, the most important award by the National Army of Argentina, the Silver Clover award from the Rotary Club in Buenos Aires, and various other esteemed titles.

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Moravian College is a private coeducational liberal arts college located in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Tracing its founding to 1742, it is recognized as America's sixth-oldest college and the first to education women. Moravian emphasizes the deliberate integration of a broad-based liberal arts curriculum with hands-on learning experiences to effectively prepare its 1,600 students, not just for jobs, but for successful careers. Moravian College excels at transforming good students into highly competent graduates that are ready to enter the workplace with confidence or shine in graduate school. Visit the Web site at www.moravian.edu.