“Ignacio’s Legacy (2016)”

On Friday 19th May 2017
starting at 5.30pm
with a glass of wine and snacks.
The film will start at 6.00pm
and the event will finish at 7.30pm

Brian Moser and Titus Fossgard-Moser (Director)

Marcos Martinón-Torres is Professor of Archaeological Science at the UCL Institute of Archaeology, where he leads a team of international researchers. He is an expert in the use of scientific instruments to analyse archaeological artefacts, seeking clues to investigate their manufacture, origins or date. Some of his most prominent current projects are focussed on China’s Terracotta Army and Colombia’s Pre-Hispanic goldwork. For the latter, he has conducted much work in partnership with the Museo del Oro in Bogotá. He has written well over 100 academic publications, delivered public talks in over 20 countries, and featured in several TV documentaries internationally.

The legend of a lost gold city, El Dorado, is as fascinating today as it was five hundred years ago. The dream has sparked countless expeditions into the depths in South America, some of them quite recent, and it remains alive in Colombian popular culture. From the name of Bogotá’s airport to the prominent display of the gold Muisca raft in the Museo del Oro, El Dorado seems an inseparable part of Colombia. But what is, or was, El Dorado, and what can archaeology and science tell us about it?

In this talk, Prof. Martinón-Torres will draw on his joint research with the Museo del Oro staff to try to address these and other questions. Using scientific techniques to study Pre-Hispanic goldwork, he will reveal hitherto unknown aspects of the manufacture and use of gold among the Muisca, and present a renewed perspective on the Muisca raft.

The entrance is free for members. Non-members are welcome and tickets are available from the Secretary. Also please let her know if you are attending as the caterers need to be advised in time.

Brian Moser first visited the Piraparaná region and its different communities in 1960 as part of an expedition to record their music and to visually document their lives, resulting in the short film Piraparaná

Over the subsequent 50 years and in collaboration with the anthropologists Stephen and Christine Hugh-Jones, Brian made three further acclaimed documentary films in the region: War of the Gods (1971), A Small Family Business (1983), and Before Columbus (1992).

In 2016, Brian returned to the Piraparaná with his son Titus and Christine and Stephen to give back to the Barasana and Makuna communities the music, photos and films that had been recorded in the intervening years.

The film Ignacio’s Legacy documents this return trip as well as peoples’ reactions to the different visual materials. In addition, and drawing upon on the earlier films, it explores changes to the culture and lives of the Barasana and Makuna people since Brian’s first visit almost 60 years ago.

The entrance is free for members. Non-members are welcome and tickets are available from the Secretary. Also please let her know if you are attending as the caterers need to be advised in time.

NB: The location will be:
Montgomery Room, Canning House,
14/15 Belgrave Square, London SW1 8PS