Inside Moravian
e-Newsletter of the Moravian College Campus Community 4/22/14
Ceruti stares out into a mountainous terrian while conducting her research.

ABOVE: Constanza Ceruti, an emerging explorer of the National Geographic Society, will present “Sacred Mountains and High Altitude Rituals" on campus on Tuesday, April 22, at 7:30 p.m.


Emerging Explorer to Share Her Mountaintop Experiences

Ceruti will be Presented Honorary Degree During Her April 22 Campus Visit

For Constanza Ceruti, who has scaled more than 100 mountains above 16,500 feet, Bethlehem’s South Mountain must seem like a relative cakewalk.

An emerging explorer of the National Geographic Society, Ceruti will present “Sacred Mountains and High Altitude Rituals" on campus on Tuesday, April 22 – better known as Earth Day. The talk, which is open to the public, will be held in the HUB's Snyder Room at 7:30 p.m. She is serving as the 2014 keynote speaker for the Environmental Studies and Sciences Film and Lecture Series at Moravian.

An expert in the fields of high altitude archaeology and the anthropology of sacred mountains, Ceruti has established herself as an up-and-coming explorer. She is one of the few scientists, and the world’s only female, to choose the challenging field of high-altitude archaeology. As part of the Ceruti’s talk, the College will present her with an honorary degree, recognizing her many accomplishments in archaeology.

Keenly interested in anthropology, ancient religions and nature by her early teens, Ceruti graduated from the University of Buenos Aires in 1996, and later earned her Ph.D. at University of Cuyo in 2001. She is a 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.

Not only has Ceruti made a name for herself in regards to high-altitude mountain climbing, but she is the author of more than 100 scientific publications, including 10 books.

You have to like both mountaineering
and archaeology very much to commit
to this work.”

– Constanza Ceruti

Ceruti’s 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.

"Few mountain climbers will be happy to spend a month working at the top after reaching a summit,” Ceruti told National Geographic’s website. “On the other hand, most archaeologists will not enjoy the harsh climbing conditions. You have to like both mountaineering and archaeology very much to commit to this work."

Additionally, 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.

To commemorate Earth Day, the College invites the campus community to its fifth annual Earth Week Tree Planting on Friday, April 25. The event will take place near the dorm circle on the Main Street campus at 1 p.m. This year, the College will plant a Scarlet Oak to commemorate Arbor Day.

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