Professor and Director of Archaeological Studies

At the famous site of Machu PicchuTeaching

I am a Professor of Archaeology here at UW-L and I offer courses on Andean archaeology, historical archaeology, theory and history of archaeology, archaeological field methods, and physical anthropology. I am also the director of the Archaeological Studies Program so if you have any interest in archaeology, are interested in finding out about our program, or would like to visit campus and tour our state-of-the-art facilities, please don't hesitate to contact me. I would be happy to meet with you and explain why UW-L is the ideal place for you to pursue a degree in Archaeological Studies.

Research

I have conducted extensive settlement pattern research in the Bolivian and Peruvian Andes in studying the organization and evolution of regional social, economic, and political institutions. In addition, I have conducted a great deal of cultural resource management (CRM) research in the states of Pennsylvania, Ohio, New York, West Virginia, and Virginia. I have presented and published results of my research in the United States and South America. I am currently directing a long-term research project, the Prehistoric Parotani Settlement Project, focusing on the earliest village settlements in the Bolivian highlands in the Department of Cochabamba.

Excavation at Pirque Alto

In addition to having strong theoretical interests in early village-based society, I am extremely interested in the process of urbanization and the evolution of highly complex socio-political forms. In particular, I am interested in the rise of the complex society that built the impressive prehispanic urban settlement of Tiwanaku on the southern shores of Lake Titicaca in Bolivia. In order to understand how Tiwanaku developed, archaeologists have research the Formative Period in the Lake Titicaca Basin and beyond. I have closely examined the nature of Tiwanaku's political control within and beyond its Altiplano heartland through research in Moquegua, Peru and Cochabamba, Bolivia, two of the distant regions impacted by  Tiwanaku socio-cultural and political influence.

2009 group photo at Tiwanaku

I have taken dozens of UW-L Archaeological Studies students with me in the context of an international field school that I run in conjunction with my research in Bolivia. Incorporating undergraduates into my ongoing field research activities is one of the most rewarding aspects of my career.