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Welcome to the website of the 36th Northeast Conference on Andean and Amazonian Archaeology and Ethnohistory. This annual conference is a 2-day series of lectures and posters about recent and ongoing archaeological, ethnographic, and ethnohistorical research in the Andean and Amazonian regions of South America. Past participants include scholars from the United States, Latin America, Europe, and other parts of the world.


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Friday, October 13th: Friday night Reception cash bar

7:30-9:30New Deck Tavern (3408 Sansom Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, 215.386.4600)
Located 2.5 blocks from the Penn Museum

Saturday, October 14: Presentations

8:30-9:00Coffee and pastries
9:00-9:20Amalgamation and Indigeneity: The Mining Mita of Colonial Huancavelica
DOUG SMIT (University of Illinois-Chicago)
9:20-9:40 A New Style for a New World: The headcloth/mesa awayos of the Aymara nations in the Viceroyalty of Peru
SHELLEY BURIAN (Emery University)
9:40-10:00 Sisterhood of the Traveling Huacas: Female Participation in Taki Onqoy (16th century, Ayacucho, Peru)
SCOTTI NORMAN (Vanderbilt University)
10:00-10:20 Peripheral Data in the Archaeology of Huánuco Pampa
MONICA BARNES (American Museum of Natural History and Andean Past
10:20-10:30 Discussion
10:30-10:45 Coffee Break
10:45-11:05 Tiwanaku’s Legacy: Middle Horizon to LIP transition in the Moquegua Valley
NICOLA SHARATT (Georgia State University)
11:05-11:25 Highland-Coastal Relations and Dualistic Political Ideologies In Middle Horizon Jequetepeque
EDWARD SWENSON (University of Toronto) & STEPHEN BERQUIST (University of Toronto)
11:25-11:45 Complex Guancavilca Landscapes: Investigations with Open Tools
BENJAMIN CARTER (Muhlenberg College), WESTON CONNER (Muhlenberg College), MARIA MASUCCI (Drew University), SARA JUENGST (University North Carolina-Charlotte)
11:45-12:05 Citizen Science Crowdsourcing in Archaeology
CHASE CHILDS (GlobalXplorer), SARAH H. PARCAK (University of Alabama at Birmingham), & MATTHEW PISCITELLI (The Field Museum & National Geographic Society)
12:05-12:15 Discussion
12:15-2:00 Lunch & Posters (Room 345 Museum; Academic Wing)
(1:15) Tour of the Center for Analysis of Archaeological Materials (CAAM)
2:00-2:20 Complementary landscapes in the Tapajó domain: Santarém and Belterra Region, Lower Amazon, Brazil
CAMILA GUARIM FIGUEIREDO (University of Toronto)
2:20-2:40 Cinnabar-Mercury Occurrence at Azogues (Loma Guashon), Ecuador; ICP Analyses
WILLIAM BROOKS (Istanbul University)
2:40-3:00 Inca adaptation at the Amazonian and Montaña Frontiers
DARRYL WILKINSON (University of Cambridge)
3:00-3:10 Discussion
3:10-3:25 Coffee Break
3:25-3:45 The Sunken Plaza at the Initial Period Site of Taukachi-Konkán, Casma Valley, Peru
THOMAS POZORSKI (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley), SHELIA POZORSKI (University of Texas Rio Grande Valley) & ROSA MARIN JAVE (Marchan S.A.C.)
3:45-4:05 Chawin and Chavín: Interaction with the Peruvian central highlands during the late Initial Period
NICOLAS BROWN (Yale University)
4:05-4:25 What does it mean to be “Chavín”? The “Chavín Horizon” at Atalla, Huancavelica, Peru
MICHELLE YOUNG (Yale University)
4:25-4:45 Urban Life in the Capital City of Huari: The 2017 Excavations
WILLIAM ISBELL (Binghamton University)
4:45-5:05 Monumentality and the Development of the Primary State
ALEXEI VRANICH (U. California-Berkeley)
5:05-5:15 Discussion and Business Meeting
5:30-6:30 Posters & Nibbles (Room 345 Museum, Academic Wing)
7:00-10:00 Dinner at Kate Moore’s home in Havertown, PA. Details available at Business Meeting.

Sunday, October 15: Presentations

8:30-9:00 Coffee and pastries
9:00-9:20 Mobility, resource procurement, and social interaction at the border of Chile, Bolivia and Argentina
Jose Capriles (Pennsylvania State University), Nicholas Tripcevich (University of California Berkeley), Axel Nielsen (CONICET), & Michael Glascock (University of Missouri)
9:20-9:40 Bridging the gap between fieldwork and conservation in Huanchaco, Peru
ALICIA BOSWELL (Bard Graduate Center & Metropolitan Museum of Art), JESSICA WALTHEW (Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum & Bard Graduate Center), & GABRIEL PRIETO (Universidad Nacional de Trujillo)
9:40-10:00 House for the Living, Home for the Dead: Mortuary Activity in the Muru Ut Pata Area, Tiwanaku
KATHARINE DAVIS (Ursinus College)
10:00-10:10 Discussion
10:10-10:30 Coffee Break
10:30-10:50 Deer hunting at Canchas Uckro, a late Initial Period Site in the Callejón de Conchucos
SADIE WEBER (Harvard University) & JASON NESBITT (Tulane University)
10:50-11:10 Ancient Guinea Pig (Cavia porcellus) Mitogenomes as a Proxy for Andean Interaction
SUSAN DEFRANCE (University of Florida), Edana Lord (University of Otago), MICHELLE LEFEBVRE (Florida State Museum) & LISA MATISOO-SMITH (University of Otago)
11:10-11:30 Anthropocene in the Atacama Desert
CALOGERO M. SANTORO (Universidad de Tarapacá, Arica, Chile), PABLO A MARQUET (Pontificia Universidad Católica, Santiago), & EUGENIA GAYO (Universidad de Concepción, Concepción), VIRGINIA MCROSTIEC (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Chile, Santiago) NOTE: has to present on Sunday
11:30-11:45 Discussion

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Plan Your Visit

To make planning your visit a little easier, we’ve assembled some local lodging and transportation resources below. Directions and a map of the Museum’s location may be found here

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If you are planning an extended stay, here is a tourism resource for you to explore.


Holiday Inn Express Philadelphia-Midtown
1305 Walnut St,
Philadelphia, PA 19107
Phone: (215) 732-4751
The Study at University City
20 S. 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Easy walk (two blocks from the Museum)

Sheraton University City
3549 Chestnut St,
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 387-8000
Easy walk (5 blocks) from Museum
The Inn at Penn
3600 Sansom Street,
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Phone: (215) 222-0200
Easy walk (4 blocks) from Museum

Homewood Suites, University City Philadelphia
4109 Walnut Street,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104
Phone: (215) 382-1111
Longish walk (about 12 blocks) from Museum.
Public transit available: LUCY (public bus), Route 42, Route 21
Club Quarters
1628 Chestnut St,
Philadelphia, PA 19103

Phone: (215) 282-5000

Easy Public transit to Museum

For more ambience, many privately run options are available. For example, the Gables Bed and Breakfast, is easy to reach using public transit.


Anne Tiballi
Department of Academic Engagement
Penn Museum
(215) 746-6989
Clark Erickson
Department of Anthropology
University of Pennsylvania
(215) 898-2282
Katherine M. Moore
Penn Museum
(215) 898-6306

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