University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Athropology


Author: Karen L. Mohr Chavez

Newly Discovered Monoliths From the Highlands of Puno, Peru

By: Sergio J. Chavez and Karen L. Mohr Chavez

The archaeologist must deal with many kinds of evidence from the past, including such obstinate creatures as mute monoliths, those single blocks of stone, usually relatively large, which have been shaped into various forms such as slabs, stelae, or statues, and were often carved with diverse kinds of motifs. These silent stones were present during […]


About This Issue

By: Karen L. Mohr Chavez

This special issue of Expedition is pub­lished in honor of Dr. Alfred Kidder II ( 1911- 1984 ), former Curator of the American Section and Associate Director of The University Museum, as well as professor in the Department of Anthropology. Known for his contributions to South American archaeology before corning to the Univer­sity of Pennsylvania […]


Alfred Kidder II

1911-1984

By: Karen L. Mohr Chavez

Alfred Kidder II (called Alf, Alfie, Ted, or Teddy by family, friends, and col­leagues) was born on August 2, 1911, on Nantucket Island. He was the eldest of five children born to the pioneer Southwestern and Meso­american archaeologist Alfred Vin­cent Kidder (1885-1963) and Madeleine Appleton (1891-1981). The young Kidder attended the Noble and Greenough School […]


The Significance of Chiripa in Lake Titicaca Basin Developments

By: Karen L. Mohr Chavez

Them site of Chiripa is located in Bolivia on the southern shore of Lake Titicaca. A series of structures revealed by exca­vation there have long been inter­preted as ordinary houses of a residential village belonging to a relatively localized culture named Chiripa after the site. Using avail­able published data as well as unpublished evidence, I […]