At the ARF Fall Lecture 2016 we were treated to a lecture by Lars Fehren-Schmitz from UC Santa Cruz (Professor Christine Hastorf's introduction was unfortunately not recorded).
20 October 2016, Archaeological Research Facility, UC Berkeley
Obsidian from the Quispisisa source was widely distributed in ancient South America. Today dozens of large quarry pits are found in high grassland area in southern Ayacucho at around 4000m asl. In 2012 a research project directed by N. Tripcevich, D. Contreras, and Y. Cavero will focus on the source area and adjacent knapping workshops. Contact us about our field research in 2012.