23.06.2017

CONICET researcher wins the Gold Medal of the International Society of Woman Geographers

Constanza Ceruti received an award for her contributions to high and sacred mountains’ anthropology.

CONICET researcher wins the Gold Medal of the International Society of Woman Geographers

CONICET researcher wins the Gold Medal of the International Society of Woman Geographers

In a ceremony with took place in California, United States of America, during the I Triannual Symposium of the International Society of Woman Geographers (ISWG), with the motto: “Women who make the difference Worldwide”, Constanza Ceruti, anthropologist and associate researcher of the Argentine Scientific and Technical Research Council (CONICET), was distinguished with the Gold Medal after offering a discourse on contributions made to the high mountain archeology field and that of anthropology of the sacred mountains of the world.

For nearly a century, the ISWG -1925- has distinguished with its maximum award about 20 prominent women, among which the following are included: primatologist Jane Goodall, oceanographer Sylvia Earle, anthropologist Margaret Mead, and aviator Amelia Earhart.

“I feel honored to share the honor to have been awarded an ISWG medal together with a distinguished group of women, including noted researchers”, stated Ceruti, a woman of  unbreakable vocation as anthropologist and mountaineer. Ceruti was proposed by international colleagues and the decision was taken by the Board of the ISWG, after an assessing committee studied her academic background.

Her researches led her to climb more than a hundred mountains with a height over 5000 meters to discover and record ceremony places of the Incan Empire. She was co-director of the archaeological expedition of 1999 to the Llullaillaco volcano, and worked during weeks at the top of a mountain that is above 6700 meters and has the highest-altitude archaeological site of the planet. There, together with a transdisciplinary team, they found the best preserved mummies of the history and an important set of Inca offerings, which they succeeded to keep safe and which they have studied along several years at the Catholic University of Salta (Universidad Catolica de Salta. At present, the mummies and offerings of the Llullaillaco are an essential part of the High-Mountain Archaeology Museum in Salta (Museo de Arqueologia de Alta Montaña de Salta).

Additionally, Ceruti is well-known for her Pioneer initiative in studies concerning mountains that led her to conduct and publish field studies covering a variety of issues such as the sacred mountains of Australia, Thailand, Ireland, Spain, Alps, Costa Rica, Easter Island and the Americas. She is the author of about twenty books and more than a hundred scientific articles.

Further recognitions

After obtaining a Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology, she received an award from the University of Buenos Aires for the marks obtained, as was distinguished with a Gold Medal. In her professional career, she has been honored with the following awards: Academic Vocation and Silver Clover, being distinguished as the Mountaineer of the Year and Prominent Woman in Salta; as well as with the Golden Condor Honoris Causa of the Argentinian Army –for the first time awarded to a woman for her special mountain-related skills – and she was also proposed as Woman of the Year in 1999.

Moreover, she has received important recognitions at the international level:  the Courage Distinction of the Scientific Explorer Women Association Wings Worldquest, Distinguished Lecturer on Anthropology, by the University of West Georgia and Honoris Causa Humanities and Literature Doctor by the Moravian College University of Pennsylvania.

Furthermore, she is the only argentine woman who has been distinguished at the Prince of Asturias Awards ceremony -in the Humanities and Communication Category, while the National Geographic was granted an award for its contributions to environment preservation and culture spreading -. Finally, she has been invited as a lecturer and Fellow of TEDGlobal in Oxford, and also as an Emerging Talent at the Women’s Forum for the Economy and Society

Source: Conicet.

 

 

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