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Donnan, Christopher B.

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Donnan, Christopher B.

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  • Donnan, Christopher
  • Donnan, Christopher Bruce
  • Christopher Donnan

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born 1940


Donnan is an archaeologist whose work focuses on the art and iconography of the Moche, an ancient South American culture that inhabited river valleys in the arid coastal plain of northern Peru ca. 100-850 CE. He earned his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkeley in 1968 with advisor John H. Rowe. Donnan then became a faculty member at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and started a program on Andean archaeology. Currently, he is a Professor Emeritus in the Department of Anthropology and Director Emeritus of the Fowler Museum at UCLA. While at UCLA, Donnan created the Moche Archive, gathering photographic documentation of Moche ceramics and developing a photographic method of documenting all parts of a vessel, at a set focal distance, in order to capture its iconographic detail. For more than 35 years, he collaborated with research associate Donna McClelland, who created the fineline drawings that document the complex iconography of Moche vessels. Donnan was a Senior Fellow (1977-1984) and a Visiting Scholar of Pre-Columbian Studies (2009) at Dumbarton Oaks.


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US LCNAF n 79090113

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ISAAR (CPF): International Standard Archival Authority Record for Corporate Bodies, Persons and Families

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This record was created by Shalimar White on January 27, 2014.



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