Roseanne Chambers

Roseanne Chambers

About Roseanne Chambers

As a geologist, and an enthusiastic traveler and hiker, I am continuously curious about how landscapes form and how our environment shapes human history.

Fangs and Claws of Gold — Supernatural Creatures in Ancient Chavín Art

An eagle image covered with multiple fangs and claws -- a creature with a swirl of serpents replacing the fur –– a scowling half human/half beast figure on a crown – all meticulously crafted from hammered sheets of gold. These objects are among the many exquisite pieces of art crafted by the Chavín...

By |2020-04-23T13:17:29-07:00April 23rd, 2020|Ancient Andean Cultures|6 Comments

Uluru/Ayers Rock – A World Heritage Site

Uluru, also called Ayers Rock, the iconic giant sandstone mound in Australia that rises abruptly out of an expanse of flat desert, has always intrigued me. For thousands of years the indigenous Australians have considered Uluru a sacred site, and it is the focus of numerous myths and legends. I understand that mythic attraction – and the geologic history is just as captivating.

By |2020-03-26T15:28:31-07:00March 26th, 2020|Our Amazing Earth|5 Comments

Tales of Transformation at Chavín de Huántar

Chavín de Huántar, high in the Andes Mountains of northern Peru, was the seat of an important religious power and cult that flourished for hundreds of years, beginning about 3,000 years ago.  Shamanic beliefs and practices apparently played a central role in this religion, with some individuals using hallucinogenic drugs to reach altered states of consciousness for interactions with the spirit world. Exotic and somewhat sinister art forms, recognized as an essential part of the religion, depict these transformations.

By |2020-03-18T19:26:27-07:00March 18th, 2020|Ancient Andean Cultures|4 Comments

Water and Power at Chavín de Huántar

Machu Picchu, the city built by the Incas on a steep mountain ridge, is a tremendous engineering achievement – and only one of many impressive constructions by the ancient Andeans. Among these is Chavín de Huántar in northern Peru, with a sprawling temple complex that was once the center of a powerful cult and an important pilgrimage site.

By |2020-03-04T20:25:58-07:00March 4th, 2020|Ancient Andean Cultures|0 Comments
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