World-Famous Explorer to Speak at Concord

For Immediate Release: 
Jan 21 2002

World-Famous Explorer to Speak at Concord

Athens, W.Va. - Johan Reinhard, one of the National Geographic Society’s current explorer’s in residence, has been called the world’s leading high-altitude archaeologist. His expeditions have taken him 20,000 feet (6,100 meters) high in the Andes searching for clues about the ancient Inca civilization. He made headlines worldwide when he discovered the frozen 500-year-old remains of a young Inca girl (featured in the June 1996 issue of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC).

Find out what this high-climbing explorer has learned from state-of-the-art scientific analysis of the mummy and associated textiles, jewelry, and statuary. Then hear about additional artifacts and human remains found during a return visit to the Andes.

Mr. Reinhard will be the keynote speaker at the Tenth Biennial Conference on Appalachian Geography at Concord College, Friday, March 1, 7:30 p.m. in the Main Theatre of the Alexander Fine Arts Center. Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.

Dr. Reinhard is a Senior Research Fellow of the Mountain Institute of West Virginia. His latest article appeared in the January 1997 issue of NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC.

"Dr. Reinhard meshes geography, history, geology and anthropology in a format that helps us better understand the threads of humanity that run through all of us," stated Dr. Joe Manzo, event organizer. "We are fortunate to have this type of high-caliber talent in southern West Virginia."

Admission to the event is free to the general public and tickets may be picked up at all branches of BB&T or First Community Bank. The National Geographic Society, the West Virginia Department of Education and the West Virginia Geographic Alliance sponsor this event. Donations to the West Virginia Geographic Alliance will be accepted with the proceeds used to improve geography education in West Virginia.

For more information call Dr. Joe Manzo, Division Chairperson of Social Sciences at 1-304-384-5208 or e-mail him at


Concord College Notes: Persons with disabilities should contact Rick Dillon, 1-304-384-5276 or Alice Dillon, 1-304-384-5177, if special accommodations are required for this event.