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
Zaña Colonial Archaeology Project
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.
Yunkaray and Cheqoq Archaeology Projects
El Proyecto Arqueológico Medio Ambiental (PAMA)
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.