Giuseppe Orefici, Ph.D. (Dir., Antonini Museum)
3.8 – Aliens & Lost Worlds (9.15.11)
Giuseppe Orefici (born 1946) is an Italian archaeologist noted for his work on investigating Prehispanic civilizations of the Nazca and Rapa Nui culture.
Orefici has a degree in Architecture. Since 1982 he has been Director of Nasca Project and has conducted several investigations in Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Mexico, Cuba, Nicaragua. He directed archaeological excavations in the ceremonial center of Cahuachi (Peru) since 1984, Pueblo Viejo near Nasca (Peru) (1983–85), Tiwanaku (Bolivia) from 2007 to 2014, Easter Island (1991–93, 2001). He has published several books and articles on Nasca and Rapa Nui culture and has curated numerous exhibitions on prehispanic culture in America and in Europe. The most important research, still on going, is the archaeological excavation and conservation of Cahuachi.
Currently he is Director of Centro de Estudio Arquelogicos Precolombinos, es:Museo Arqueológico Antonini in Nazca (Peru) and Nasca Project. His current scientific interest is focused on the study of Nasca and Tiwanaku civilizations with particular reference to architecture, and prehispanic petroglyphs.