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
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The exhibitions can be complemented by a selection of films recommended by our scientific mediation officer.