On Thursday, May 21 I gave a talk for the South Suburban Archaeological Society entitled “Religion and the Development of Andean Civilization.” The illustrated lecture was held at the Marie Irwin Community Center in Homewood, Illinois. There were about 30-40 members and guests in attendance and they graciously entertained my stories from Huaricanga. Although most of the folks are hobbyists, I was amazed at how much they’ve traveled and all of the archaeological sites they’ve seen. Some of them put my limited peregrinations through Peru to shame. Their enthusiasm was contagious and their questions were truly thought-proving (more so than some of my students!).
The South Suburban Archaeological Society is a chapter of the Illinois Association for the Advancement of Archaeology. Such groups are fantastic outlets for recent archaeological research as well as an enriching experience for public speakers trying to perfect their craft. I would likely to sincerely express my gratitude for their generous hospitality. I would love to visit them again soon!