The ancient Colombian Indians were extremely skillfull goldsmiths as well as craftsmen working within the cultural traditions of the Indian groups which made up the ancient societies of Colombia. The talk today by Dr. David A. Scott will highlight some of the cultural and technical information regarding the use of gold, copper and platinum in ancient Colombia, the casting and working of gold, the depletion gilding of gold-copper alloys and the kinds of artefacts which the Indians made.
David A. Scott holds a joint appointment as Professor in Art History and Archaeology, and serves as chair for the UCLA/Getty Program in Archaeological and Ethnographic Conservation, housed at the Getty Villa site in Malibu. He is the author of over 70 published papers. His current research interests focus on the problems of the identification of pigments, the metallography of art objects, and the conservation of ancient metallic artefacts.
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