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My Research Projects

I have conducted archaeological research in North and South American since 2006. In the United States, I have worked in Colorado, Minnesota and Wyoming. In South America, I work primarily in Peru. My current research projects explore the diet and cuisine choices of marginalized peoples living under Inka and Spanish imperial rule in ancient Peru. Click the links below to learn more.


Trapiche Archaeology Project
Puno, Peru


Zaña Colonial Archaeology Project
Zaña, Peru

Principal Investigator with Peruvian co-Directors Karen Durand Cáceres and Jorge Rosas Fernandez

Trapiche Itapalluni was a 17th and 18th century silver refinery in the rural highlands outside of Puno, Peru. Free and forced laborers worked here. They likely included women and enslaved Africans.

Project Zooarchaeologist with Principal Investigator Parker VanValkenburgh

Carrizales was a 16th century resettled native town (reducción) on the north coast of Peru.  A combination of resettlement indigenous men, women, and families lived here, and were forced to pay taxes and labor tribute to local Spaniards.

Research: Projects

Yunkaray and Cheqoq Archaeology Projects
Cusco, Peru


El Proyecto Arqueológico Medio Ambiental (PAMA)
Puno, Peru

Project Zooarchaeologist at Yunkaray and Cheqoq with Principal Investigator Kylie Quave

Yunkaray was an 11th - 15th century Ayarmaka village. The Ayarmaka were a rival group to the Inka. Cheqoq was a 15th- 16th century Inka imperial estate where multi-ethnic retainer laborers lived and worked (yanakuna). 

Principal Investigator with Co-Principal Investigators Sarah Kelloway and Karen Durand Cáceres

These sites included colonial silver refineries and Aymara (LIP) hill forts where people lived and did metallurgical tasks. We surveyed several  sites around the Puno region using GPS mapping and pXRF composition testing of the soil.

Student Contributions

Through both a classroom setting and experiential learning my students have been able to collaborate and create work to share with the public

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