Born December 13, 1943, in Joliet, Illinois, Reinhard grew up in New Lenox, Illinois, and did his undergraduate studies in anthropology at the University of Arizona before going on to earn a Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of Vienna, Austria.
National Geographic Explorer-in-Residence Johan Reinhard is an anthropologist and high-altitude archaeologist. Johan recovered the Ice Maiden, an Inca mummy on Peru’s Mount Ampato, a discovery chosen by Time magazine as one of the world’s ten most important of 1995.
His expeditions in the Andes led to the discovery of more than a dozen Inca human sacrifices on five mountains higher than 18,000 feet and included investigations of Inca ceremonial sites, the Nazca Lines, and Machu Picchu. Johan will present his work on the sacred landscapes of South America from the highlands of the Andes and Peru’s Ice Maiden, to the tepuis of Brazil, Guyana and Venezuela which inspired Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s The Lost World. He has authored more than 70 publications, including six books, and his work has been distinguished with several awards, including the Explorers’ Medal of The Explorers Club. National Geographic published his book, The Ice Maiden: Inca Mummies, Mountain Gods, and Sacred Sites in the Andes, and his work has been featured in the November 1999 National Geographic cover story, “Frozen in Time.” Johan will join us for part of the voyage.