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 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.