Dr. Kimberly Munro (PhD LSU 2018) presented on "Water Rituals, Fire Temples and the Late Preceramic – A Case Study at the Cosma Archaeological Complex, Upper Nepeña Valley, Peru" as part of the 7th Annual Rocky Mountain Pre-Columbian Association Research Colloquium Current Research in the Ancient Americas held at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science. Congratulations!

Congratulations to LSU alumnus Dr. Matt Helmer (MA LSU 2011) on his recent co-authored work exploring "National Forest Visitation Preferences and Avenues to Participation for Urban Hispanic Recreationists in the Portland Metropolitan Area." The article is published in open access format in the Journal of Forestry.

Matt currently works as the Heritage Program Manager for Kisatchie National Forest and is Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Geography & Anthropology at LSU.

Dr. Kimberly Munro (PhD LSU 2018) co-chaired a session exploring "Student Equity and Achievement (SEA) through Universal Design for Learning (UDL): Different not Deficient" held at the Colorado Community College System (CCCS) Education Excellence Conference. Congratulations!

Kimberly currently works at Otero College where she teaches Cultural Anthropology and Anthropology of Religion, co-directs a summer archaeological field course, and oversees undergraduate research projects and experiential learning opportunities.

David Chicoine and Dr. Jacob Warner (PhD LSU 2021) co-authored "Gathering Salinar Houses: Platforms-as-Assemblages in Ancient Coastal Peru" for the volume From House Societies to States: Early Political Organization, from Antiquity to the Middle Ages edited by Juan Carlos Moreno García (2022, Oxbow Books). The chapter applies assemblage theory to the analysis of the construction and renovation of raised platforms by groups associated with Salinar, an archaeological phenomenon that emerged in several valleys of the north coast of Peru following the dissolution of the Chavín and Cupisnique influences around 500 BCE.

Thanks to Juan Carlos Moreno for the invitation to contribute and the fine editorial guidance! 

Congratulations to PhD candidate Amy Hair for successfully passing her general exams and defending her proposal on "Osteons and Orthodoxy: Cortical Histology at Tipu, Belize and its Implications for Religious, Economic, and Social Negotiations in the Maya Colonial Era." Amy is now ABD and set to write her dissertation!

Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Cruzado (PhD LSU 2021) on her recent hire as Adjunct Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at SUNY Oneonta where she will be teaching various courses including Prehistoric World Cultures and North American Indians. Felicidades!

Photo of Aja Palermo

The LSU's Andean Archaeology Research Collective and Department of Geography & Anthropology are happy to welcome Aja Palermo (BIS LSU 2022).

Aja is starting the MA Program in Anthropology after participating in LSU's 2022 Coastal Sustainability Studio Summer Internship Program.

Aja has interests in archaeology, material culture, gender, food, and museum studies, and as an undergraduate, they studied anthropology, art history, and chemistry.



Congratulations and thanks to the Asociación Caminemos Unidos (ACU) and the Museo Arqueológico de las Tecnologías Andinas de Moro for producing a documentary film on the 2022 season of the Cerro San Isidro project. The video, entitled REPORTAJE DEL PROYECTO DE INVESTIGACIÓN CERRO SAN ISIDRO (PIACSI) DEL DISTRITO DE MORO, features footage from the field and laboratory activities, as well as interviews with different project members. It was released as part of celebrations highlighting the 7th anniversary of the Museo Arqueológico de las Tecnologías Andinas. Special thanks to Arnold Ochoa, Franz Veramendi, and José Saavedra for their initiative and hard work.

¡Felicidades y gracias!

Congratulations to Dr. Jacob Warner (PhD LSU 2021) on his recent hire as Assistant Professor (Tenure-Track) in Geography and Environmental Sustainability at SUNY Oneonta in New York. The position is part of a cluster hire conducted by the university focusing on implementing the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals in New York. In this new chapter of his career, Jacob will instruct courses on various environmental issues, train students in the lab and the field, and pursue his research program at the intersection of paleoclimatology, geoarchaeology, and environmental studies.

Thanks to geoarchaeologist Kayla Golay Lausanne (PhD candidate, McMasterU) and all the participants involved in the Ground Penetrating Radar workshop held on July 16 in Moro, Peru. The event explained the use and applications of GPR technology, and involved a hands-on component.

The workshop is part of broader collaborative efforts between the Asociación Caminemos Unidos and the Proyecto de Investigación Arqueólogica Cerro San Isidro to make archaeology relevant to Morinos and other Peruvians.

Thanks to all!

Photo of participants in GPR workshop

Drone photo of group participating in workshop

In collaboration with the Asociación Caminemos Unidos (ACU) and the Museo Arqueológico de las Tecnologías Andinas, our team kicked off its 2022 outreach program with a workshop exploring the use of drone technology in archaeology. The hands-on event, held on July 9 at ACU, focused on the use of drone imagery in mapping topography and understanding archaeological contexts. Thanks to Kayla Golay Lausanne (PhD candidate, McMasterU) for her help and support, as well as to all the participants for their time and interest!

Upcoming events are planned for the remainder of July including workshops on GPR surveying and ceramic analysis in archaeology.

After a hiatus forced by the Covid-19 pandemic, the field activities of the Proyecto de Investigación Arqueológica Cerro San Isidro have resumed. Our team is in Moro, Peru, to continue fieldwork and outreach activities.

Many thanks to the Ministerio de Cultura del Perú for approving and supervising the 2022 activities, the Asociación Caminemos Unidos and the Museo Arqueológico de las Tecnologías Andinas for their warm hospitality, and the NSF for the financial support.

The San Isidro research is part of a broader program exploring the rise of divine lordships in northern Peru in collaboration with Dr. George F. Lau (University of East Anglia).
Photo of San Isidro team

Congratulations to Dr. Kimberly Munro (PhD LSU 2018) and Elizabeth Cruzado (PhD, LSU, 2021) on their recent contribution to the online symposium Aporte de las mujeres investigadoras en la arqueología de Ancash sponsored by the Proyecto Sechín and the Instituto Peruano Cultural Deportivo Yaguar. The event was organized by Mónica Suárez (director of the Proyecto Sechín) to celebrate the 85th anniversary of the discovery of Cerro Sechín.

Kimberly and Elizabeth video presentations drew from their dissertation field research in Ancash, at Cosma and Nivín, respectively. ¡Felicidades!

The research article "The Rise of Native Lordships at Pashash, A.D. 200–600, North Highlands of Ancash, Peru" co-authored by George Lau, Milton Lujan, Jacob Bongers, and David Chicoine is now published and openly accessible in the Journal of Field Archaeology.

Thanks to all collaborators!

Congratulations to MA student Itzamara Ixta on her recent publication of the book review "The Poetics of Processing: Memory Formation, Identity, and the Handling of the Dead" in the Anthropology Book Forum of the American Anthropological Association.

Thanks and congratulations to Dr. Jacob Warner (PhD LSU 2021) for presenting on "The El Niño-Southern Oscillation and its Impacts on Coastal Peruvian Settlements ~2.4 ka: Perspectives from Two Short-Lived Bivalve Species" at the Open Science Meeting held between May 16 and 30. The paper, co-authored by Warner, DeLong, Chicoine, Andrus, Thirumalai & Wanamaker Jr., was included in Session 18 entitled “Using High-Resolution Marine Archives to Investigate Marine Climate, Marine Environment, and Maritime Societies Through the Holocene.” Well done! 

Congratulations to Cecil Craig for graduating with a Bachelors of Arts in Anthropology, a Bachelor in Interdisciplinary Studies, and a Distinguished Communicator Certificate offered by the Communication across the Curriculum (CxC) initiative. Well done!

Cecil is currently looking to deploy his versatile skills and build a career in museology, archaeology, cultural heritage, and/or education.

Two articles exploring "Plants and Diets in Early Horizon Peru: Macrofloral Remains from Rehydrated Fecal Samples at Caylán" and "Taxonomic Analyses of the Vertebrate Faunal Remains from Caylán, Peru" are now published in Andean Past 13 and available in open access format.

Thanks to all collaborators, the Louisiana Board of Regents for the financial support, as well as to Monica Barnes, Dan Sandweiss, Ruth Anne Phillips, and David Fleming for the excellent editorial work!

Several current and former LSU Andeanists presented at the 87th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology held in Chicago from March 30 to April 3.

PhD candidate Christopher Nicosia (photo below) prepared a poster detailing his dissertation research and entitled "Preliminary Results of the Spatial Analysis of Nonspecific Stress in Ancient North America." Chris is tracking changes in nonspecific etiologies using hot spot analysis, multiple regression models of geographic and environmental variables, and spatial analysis of etiologies.

Photo of Chris Nicosia

LSU alumna Kimberly Munro (PhD 2018) (photo below), along with David Chicoine and George Lau, read a paper on "Roads as Bridges: Assembling Communities and Borderlands over the Longue Durée in Western Ancash" as part of a symposium on "Borderlands of the Andes" organized by Amedeo Sghinolfi, Ryan Smith and Patrick Mullins. The paper explored ancient roads and their connected networks as more-than-human actors. Conceptualizing human settlements and routes as agentive nodes of interaction sheds light on three moments in Ancash prehistory: (1) the Late Preceramic, (2) the Early Horizon, and (3) the Early Intermediate period. By taking a comparative longue durée approach, the case studies bring insights into longitudinal shifts in mobilities, community building, and territoriality on the western slopes of the Cordillera Negra.

Kimberly also co-authored a paper with Rebecca Bria and Matthew Piscitelli on "Temples in Process, Not Periods: Reevaluating Narratives of Early Community Practice and Interaction across North-Central Peru." Their paper was included in a symposium on "Leveraging Radiocarbon in the Central Andes" organized by Daniel Contreras, Erik Marsh and Kurt Rademaker.

Kimberly Munro at 2022 SAA

Matt Helmer (MA LSU 2011, PhD UEA 2015) (photo below) participated in a discussion on "Soundscape Archaeology: Sound and Experience in Heritage Research" organized by Kristy Primeau and Miriam Kolar. Matt presented and discussed his acoustics research and experiments in coastal Peru.

Matt Helmer at 2022 SAA

David Chicoine and PhD student Amy Hair prepared a poster on "Photogrammetry and 3D Modeling at Cerro San Isidro, Nepeña Valley, Peru." The piece detailed the results of the photogrammetric reconstructions and 3D modeling of the excavation contexts and complete objects. Based on stratigraphic, stylistic and radiometric data, the deposits document a long and complex occupation history between the Late Formative (or Early Horizon) and the Late Intermediate period. The 3D models highlight the value of photogrammetry as a method of recording and visualizing archaeological deposits and artifacts.

Congratulations to all for some great research and for representing LSU so well!

Congratulations to PhD student Amy Hair for presenting at the 49th Annual North American Meeting of the Paleopathology Association held in Denver on March 22 and 23. Amy's poster, entitled "Geospatial distribution of craniosynostosis at Tipu, Belize, and its implications for burial patterning on the colonial frontier (AD 1543-1707)," detailed some of her ongoing work on the bioarchaeology of Precolumbian and earlier colonial Americas.

Congratulations to Dr. Jacob Warner (PhD LSU 2021) and Aleksa Alaica for their article on Contextualizing the influence of climate and culture on bivalve populations: Donax obesulus malacology from the north coast of Peru published with open access in the Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology.

Congratulations to LSU alumna Dr. Elizabeth Cruzado (PhD 2021) on her recent hire as an  archaeological specialist at SURA in Baton Rouge!

Congratulations to LSU alumnus Dr. Jacob Warner (PhD 2021) on his recent hire as postdoctoral researcher at the Schubert Lab of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette. Jacob will assist Dr. Brian Schubert in completing research funded by a National Science Foundation Paleo Perspectives on Climate Change (P2C2) grant. The project uses stable isotope signals recovered from Eocene-age mummified wood remains excavated in Arctic Canada to reconstruct the temperature of the region ~54 million years ago. Paleoclimatologists are especially interested in this time interval because it could represent an analog for future conditions in the Arctic.

Congratulations to Monica Fenton (MA in Anthropology), Elizabeth Cruzado (PhD in Geography & Anthropology), and Jacob Warner (PhD in Geography & Anthropology) who received their diplomas at LSU Fall 2021 commencement. Felicidades to all!

Monica Fenton (MA LSU 2021) wrote a chapter on "The Construction of Gender in Graves at Sitio Conte" in ancient Panama. The chapter was included in a volume on Pre-Columbian Central America, Colombia, and Ecuador: Toward an Integrated Approach edited by the late Colin McEwan and John W. Hoopes and published by Dumbarton Oaks and Harvard University Press. In the same volume, Monica co-authored another chapter with Clark Erikson on "Who Is the Chief? The Central People of Burial 11, Sitio Conte." Both contributions explore mortuary contexts of the Coclé culture of ancient Panama.

Jacob Warner, in collaboration with Kristine DeLong and David Chicoine, presented on "Trace Element Ratios (Sr/Ca, Mg/Ca, and Ba/Ca) in the Short-Lived Bivalve Donax obesulus: Potential Environmental Proxies?" at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) fall meeting in New Orleans.

The research article "Investigating the influence of temperature and seawater δ18O on Donax obesulus (Reeve, 1854) shell δ18O" co-authored by Jacob Warner, Kristine DeLong, Kaustubh Thirumalai, Fred Andrus and myself has been published online (open access) in the peer-reviewed journal Chemical Geology. 

The research article "Enchantment in ancient Peru: Salinar period murals and architecture" has been published online in the peer-reviewed journal World Art.

LSU alumna Kimberly Munro (PhD 2018) delivered a talk on "Who Says You Can’t “Go Home?” Rethinking Religious Networks towards Formative Interactions in the Andes" as part of the online symposium "Formative Interactions in the Central Andes" organized by Michelle Young and Justin Jennings and sponsored by Vanderbilt University and the Royal Ontario Museum. Her paper uses data from her dissertation excavations at the ceremonial complex of Cosma in the upper Nepeña Valley to discuss broader patterns of religious networks in ancient Peru. Congratulations Dr. Munro!

Photo of Jacob Warner defending his dissertation
Congratulations to Jacob for successfully defending his dissertation "Reconstructing the El Nino-Southern Oscillation (ENSO) in Northern Peru: Perspectives from Donax Obesulus Geochemistry and Archaeomalacology." He is now set to graduate at the Fall 2021 commencement ceremony on December 17.

Photo of Elizabeth Cruzado defending her dissertation
Felicidades to Elizabeth for successfully defending her dissertation "The Ancient Occupation of Nivín, Casma, Peru: Co-Creating Heritage in Andean Archaeology."  She is now set to graduate at the Fall 2021 commencement ceremony on December 17.

Congratulations to Monica for successfully defending her thesis "What the Shell? The Zooarchaeology of Cerro San Isidro, Peru." She is now ready to graduate at the Fall 2021 commencement ceremony on December 17.