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Timothy McAndrews

Specialty area(s)

South American/Andean Archaeology, Rise of Complex Society, Sedentary Village-Based Adaptations

Brief biography

I am a Professor of Archaeology here at UW-L and I offer courses on Andean archaeology, rise of complex society, theory and history of archaeology, archaeological field methods, and physical anthropology. I am also the Director of the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center and Chair of the Department of Archaeology & Anthropology. 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 degrees in Archaeology and Anthropology.

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.

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.

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.

Current courses at UWL

ANT 102 Introduction to Physical Anthropology (4-cr. General Education Lab Science)
ARC 200 World Archaeology: Origins and Development of Human Culture and Society
ARC 280 The Incas and their Ancestors: Archaeology of the Andes
ARC 340 Origins of Cities
ARC/ANT/HIS 353 Maya Civilization
ARC 402 Field Methods in Archaeology
ARC 455 Historical and Theoretical Perspectives in Archaeology

Education

1998 Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh
1992 B.A. Anthropology, University of Minnesota