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K-State Today Student Edition

December 13, 2017

Anthropology professor awarded National Geographic Foundation grant

By Marta Alfonso-Durruty

Marta Alfonso-Durruty, associate professor in the sociology, anthropology and social work department, has been awarded her second National Geographic, Genographic Program, Award.

The grant, "Early genetic signatures of the peopling of Northern Chile," will assess the genetic diversity and structure of the first sites in Northern Chile. Located in the Atacama Desert, these sites, among other things, have the earliest artificially mummified mummies in the word — also known as Chinchorro.

Alfonso-Durruty is a National Geographic Explorer since 2014.