Peter Ucko

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El equipo de investigación de arte rupestre de Colombia (GIPRI) lamenta profundamente la muerte del arqueólogo Peter Ucko.

Desde nuestra perspectiva el trabajo de investigación realizado por el y por André Rosenfeld sobre arte paleolítico, constituye uno de los mas importantes aportes en la discusión sobre el sentido y función del arte rupestre, fundamentalmente en la polémica relativa a los paralelos etnográficos y al uso inadecuado de las hipótesis generales. Es necesario decir que esta obra constituye una influencia fundamental en el desarrollo que GIPRI ha tenido en los últimos 20 años.

Las discusiones actuales sobre interpretación del arte rupestre paleolítico no pueden olvidar el conjunto complejo y los razonamientos que fueron expuestos muy tempranamente por estos investigadores.

Finalmente, es necesario decir que conocimos personalmente a Peter Ucko en la reunión de WAC II en Barquisimeto Venezuela (1991) y pudimos apreciar con esta reunión su proyecto de una nueva perspectiva política de los trabajos en arqueología y antropología. Conocimos allí a docenas de jóvenes europeos, luchando contra la intransigencia de Sudáfrica y reflexionando científicamente sobre las alternativas democráticas.

Esperamos poder realizar algún texto mostrando la influencia de Meter Ucko en la discusión intima de las investigaciones realizadas en Colombia y sobre su aporte significativo de la discusión internacional actual en arte rupestre.

Guillermo Muñoz
Director GIPRI, Colombia

Dear colleagues,

It is with great sadness that I inform you that Professor Peter Ucko has passed away.

As I am sure you know, Peter was the driving force behind the founding of the World Archaeological Congress, and an inspiration to WAC Executives, both past and current, and to members, and non-members throughout the world.

Peter Ucko was awarded a BA Anthropology, from University College London in 1959, and a PhD Prehistoric Archaeology and Egyptology, from University College London in 1962. He is a past Director of the Australian Institute of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies. More recently, he was Executive Director of the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, and when he retired he became Emeritus Professor.

Peter’s research interests included the analysis of art and images, the history of archaeology, and the interpretation of archaeological collections and of displays of sites. In retirement, he remained an active researcher, and was working on various publications until very recently. His recent publications include the eight volume set Encounters With Ancient Egypt. In 2006 A Future for Archaeology, edited by Robert Layton, Stephen Shennan, and Peter Stone, was published in Peter’s honor, to mark the unparalleled role he has played in promoting a socially engaged archaeology.

At the time of Peter’s passing the WAC Executive and the organisers of WAC-6 were discussing the instigation of a lecture to be named after him as the inspiration behind WAC, to be given at an appropriate point at every major WAC Congress from now on. We were also discussing the instigation of a “Peter Ucko Medal” to be awarded at each major Congress to an individual who has made a major contribution to world archaeology.

Peter Ucko cannot be replaced, but he will be remembered.

Sincerely

Claire Smith,
President, World Archaeological Congress
http://www.worldarchaeologicalcongress.org/site/peter_ucko_photos.php

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