Faculty

Christopher Donnan


Professor Emeritus


Contact Information

Email    cdonnan@anthro.ucla.edu
Office  A332 Fowler
Phone  310-825-1991

Moche civilization flourished on the north coast of Peru between AD 100 and 800. Although the Moche people had no writing system, they left a vivid artistic record of their beliefs and activities in beautifully sculpted and painted ceramic vessels, colorful wall murals, sumptuous textiles, and superbly crafted objects of gold, silver, and copper. Dos Cabezas is a spectacular early Moche settlement located at the delta of the Jequetepeque River. Consisting of pyramids, palaces and domestic areas, it is perhaps the largest early Moche settlement ever built.

Degrees

Ph.D., University of California Berkeley (1968)

Selected Publications

1978 Moche Art of Peru: Pre-Columbian Symbolic Communication. UCLA Museum of Cultural History. 

1990 Masterworks of Art Reveal a Remarkable Pre-Inca World. National Geographic 174(4). 

1992 Ceramics of Ancient Peru. UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. 

1993 with W. Alva. Royal Tombs of Sipan. UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History. 

1999 with D. McClelland. Moche Fineline Painting: Its Evolution and Its Artists. UCLA Fowler Museum of Cultural History

Research

South American archaeology, iconography, ancient technology