Sponsored by AIA-Milwaukee Society
AIA Society Event: Milwaukee
Sunday, February 10, 2013 - 3:00pm - 5:00pm
UWM Sabin Hall Room G90
3413 North Downer Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53211
The site of Pisanay sits on a promontory overlooking the Sihuas Valley of Southern Peru. While the food remains, grinding stones, and hearths indicate a residential purpose for the site, its most prominent features - round and semi-subterranean rooms, cist tombs, and petroglyphs - point to ceremonial activities at the site. In turn, these activities link Pisanay to a larger sacred geography extending throughout the Sihuas Valley and beyond. The concept of a sacred geography or a sacred landscape here refers to ideas about the powerful and animated spiritual qualities of snow-capped peaks, rivers, even the land itself. Based on her latest research, Dr. Jo Ellen Burkholder, of UW-Whitewater, will discuss how these ideas are expressed at Pisanay through the use of space at the site as well as the spatial relationship to other sites and prominent landscape features.