This page will present activities that are financed by the subsidies of the programme “Internationalisation of Research of the University of Warsaw Archaeological Research Centers” that were granted by Ministry of Education and Science in 2020 for upcoming years (2021, 2022).


Special exhibition in five cities of Peru on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of Peru's Independence, showcasing the achievements of Polish archaeological research

The organization of this mobile exhibition is aimed at promoting Polish archaeological and conservation effort as part of the Polish contribution to the important, celebrations of the 200th anniversary of Peru's independence. While The history of the presence of Polish researchers of pre-Columbian cultures in Peru will be presented in a briefly, the main theme will be the presentation of the most important Polish research projects currently being implemented in this country. One of the highlights of the exhibition will be the extremely important and sensational 2013 discovery of richly furnished elite tomb of the pre-Columbian Wari culture at Castillo de Huarmey site, that was carried by team lead by Dr. Miłosz Giersz (University of Warsaw).

Potential number of viewers of the planned event: over 20 000 people. The mobile exhibition will be addressed to a wide audience, including people with disabilities. The inauguration in each of the five planned locations will be accompanied by scientific seminars and panel discussions.

Exhibition "The Monastery of Santo Domingo, Lima, Peru – conservator’s multimedia journey"

Research carried out at the Santo Domingo Monastery in Lima has revealed not only a stunning decoration made of thousands of ceramic azulejos tiles, but also hidden history in the representations of dozens of saints. As seismic and the resulting reconstruction affected the ceramic decoration, some depictions of the saints painted on the tiles were re-installed inappropriately, mixing the different elements of the figures without understanding of original programme. With conservator's patience, the original order was reconstructed. However, it is too risky to modify the entire historic decoration in order to recreate ́ this story on the walls of the monastery. Therefore, the best solution is to show it using virtual, multimedia platform. This includes presentation scientific research that has identified and described the technology of workshops producing azulejos in Seville and Lima during the colonial period. The monastery of Santo Domingo we find 17th-century tiles from both continents. The analysis of the state of preservation of the decoration and exemplary conservation work on small fragments of it have made it possible to carry out some reconstructions, which, on account of their religious and cultural value, should be presented in the form of a multimedia exhibition in Lima. The presentation of the results of research by Polish conservators will certainly be an important contribution to the developing school of Peruvian conservation.

Multimedia Exhibition: Capacocha, or Sacrifices in the Andean Highland Sanctuaries

This project is interactive, multimedia exhibition that is joined with a symposium on pre-Columbia’s sacrifice, which will present 3D models of Inca mummies and unique monuments from the Museum of Andean Sanctuaries in Arequipa (Peru). These sacrifices were found on mountain tops often above the snow line which has positively affected their state of preservation and are unique in the world. However, due to the restrictions required for their preservation, many of these artifacts are accessible to the public. In particular, organic remains must be stored at temperatures below -15 oC with no access to sunlight.

During the exhibition, 3D models developed especially for the exhibition will be presented, complemented by the latest information on these monuments. The exhibition will also include presentations of the results of current high altitude research conducted by Polish archaeologists together with Peruvian partners. The exhibition will take place in Warsaw and Arequipa, where more objects from Peru will be presented in a digital form. It is planned to be base on so called “false hologram” displays and interactive technology using VR, as well as traditional photography. In both places the exhibition will be combined with short lectures about the victims of capacocha, the latest research results, a form of modern monument documentation and Polish research.

Location of the exhibition: Arequipa (Peru) and Warsaw. The expected direct audience is about 10000 people (in Peru) and about 5000 (in Poland).

Organization of a conference on archaeogeological research

Information in preparation

Organization of the third edition of the Congress of South American Archaeology in Arequipa (Peru) in 2022

Organization of the third edition of the Congress on the archaeology of South America (site of the first edition of 2018 The conference aims to provide networking platform between research institutions from all over South America. Its first edition took place in August 2018 and lasted three days and has been welcomed great interest and prestige, and held under honorary patronage of the Minister of Science and Higher Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Poland. The next edition scheduled for August 2020 due to the situation was held in the form of a virtual panel, the real-life second congress will be held in 2021, and post-conference publication are being prepared. The third Congress will have the same multi-day formula in 2022 (maintaining the original two-year cycle of the event). The event will be broadcasted via the conference website and social media. The venue of the event will be the University of Warsaw and the Catholic University UCSM in Arequipa.

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