Sechura, the desert which reveals itself to archaeologists




The photos on show in this exhibition were taken in June 2017 and act as a record of an archaeological mission which aimed to understand humans and animals' processes of adaptation and acclimatization on the Peruvian desert coast in pre-Hispanic times. They testify to how researchers in archaeology, funerary archaeo-anthropology, geomorphology, archaeobotany, archaeozoology and ceramology work - from archaeological excavations to laboratory analysis.

The Sechura desert located in the far north of Peru spans almost 20,000 km2 making it the country's largest desert. Groups of humans have occupied the region for almost 7000 years despite its harsh and sometimes truly hostile conditions.

All photos are credited © Cyril FRÉSILLON / ARCHAM / CNRS Photothèque, except photo 5 © Nicolas GOEPFERT / ARCHAM / CNRS Photothèque


Digital version

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Editorial and graphic design and production

Nicolas Goepfert (research fellow UMR8096 - Archam) and Cyril Frésillon (photographer at CNRS Images)

Exhibition panels description

20 photographs - 70 x 50 cm - direct dibond - holes in the corners for hanging - total weight of the exhibition: 12kg

Description of digital format

Files of 21 panels (including 1 additional presentation panel) - for a total weight of 30MB. 1 caption file

Booking information

The loan is free of charge for a free presentation to your public, after signing a loan agreement.
The exhibitions can be complemented by a selection of films recommended by our scientific mediation officer.

Conditions for the loan of panels

Loan in the Paris area only: the transport/shipping costs for the sets of panels are to be paid by the borrower.

Loan conditions in digital format

We rent you the digital files for a single printing. Printing costs for a digital version are at the expenses of the borrower.

Scientific topics

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CNRS Images,

Our work is guided by the way scientists question the world around them and we translate their research into images to help people to understand the world better and to awaken their curiosity and wonderment.