Use an interactive map to explore the different archaeological projects that I have been involved with, including my doctoral research, or read about my work in the Andes below.
Arqueología de Paisajes Mortuorios Chachapoya, 2018-Present
The Archaeology of Andean Mortuary Landscapes in the Chachapoya region constitutes my doctoral research project. During pre-dissertation fieldwork, I applied minimally-invasive archaeological mapping technologies to document, survey and analyze the geospatial and architectural components of Chachapoya above-ground mortuary structures. In collaboration with local and descendant community members, we used GPS, aerial drone photography, and local land-based knowledge to study these vulnerable, sacred sites through sensitive and safe research practices. With training from the Spatial Archaeology Residential and Online Institute at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville and funding from the Wenner-Gren Foundation, dissertation research will investigate how ancestral places mediate the relationship between people and the environment over time. Applications of photogrammetry, dendroclimatology, radiocarbon dating and material analyses will expand on previous fieldwork. This will be conducted jointly with a four-part impact strategy of evaluation, employment, education, and engagement.
Narratives of Andean Archaeology Through Online Platforms, 2021-2022
In 2021, I was awarded the opportunity to participate in the Public Humanities Graduate Research Workshop through the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern University. For my public humanities project, I organize a photo-story contest through social media @MAPAchachapoya to engage local Peruvian community members in co-creating narratives of Chachapoya archaeology and heritage. With the assistance of a local collaborator (Segundo Aguilar), prizes were purchased from local artisans and community tourism organizations to celebrate heritage and culture. I also create short video content to educate English-speaking publics on the diverse histories of the pre-colonial Andes and respectful travel to South American archaeological sites (@andes_archaeology on TikTok).
Proyecto Arqueológico Tambillo, 2016-2018
A multi-year archaeological project directed by Dr. Anna Guengerich, involving survey and excavation of households, agricultural architecture and public spaces at six Chachapoya settlements in the Tambillo nexus. I assisted Dr. Guengerich over three field seasons with GPS and Total Station mapping, test excavations, unit excavations, inventory and preliminary laboratory analysis, logistics management and community engagement.
Alto Marañón Project, 2017
I collaborated with a team of international botanists to document ecological and archaeological materials within the Alto Marañón region of the north central and eastern Peruvian Andes (Huanuco and Ancash departments). Thanks to the leadership of local guides, we visited over a dozen sites of Yarowilca, Inka and local Andean cultural traditions. In particular, I focused on documenting above-ground mortuary structures (chullpa) for further investigation into the architectural and geospatial variations of such sites across the Andes.
Proyecto Jatanca y Huaca Colorada, 2014
In 2014, I participated in the University of Toronto (St. George) Department of Anthropology & The Archaeology Center field school in Pacasmayo, Peru. The field school was directed by Dr. Edward Swenson. The project investigated Moche and Late Formative archaeological complexes in the Jequetepeque Valley on the northern Peruvian coast. As an undergraduate excavator, and later unit supervisor, I trained in excavations of middens, monumental architecture, work areas, and laboratory analyses.
Muisca & Panche Interest Project, 2014 & Present
As part of a personal and academic interest project, I am compiling research on the histories and cultures of the Cordillera Oriental in Colombia, encompassing the departments of Cundinamarca and Boyacá, the ancestral homelands of Muisca/Mhuysca and Panches. This stems from my interest in learning about the cultural histories of my mother's homelands around Vergara and Cerro Sautatumi, Cundinamarca, which was the traditional territory of the Panches. This collection of research material builds on my lived experience visiting sites and listening to relatives' stories.