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Department of Anthropology

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phone: 343-6122
009 Garland Hall


Ph.D. University of Chicago

John Janusek

Associate Professor

Dr. Janusek is an archaeologist interested in the development of complex societies and cities in the South American Andes. His theoretical interests include: political ecology, urbanism, space and landscape, ritual practice, human agency / identity, household archaeology. He has worked in the Bolivian highlands since 1987, conducting research principally focused on Tiwanaku civilization and its formative precursors. He directed a large-scale research project at the sites of Khonkho Wankane and Iruhito in the southern Lake Titicaca Basin and currently co-directs a trans-disciplinary project in the Eastern Lake Titicaca basin and Andean valleys.  His publications include: Craft and Local Power (Latin American Antiquity, 1999), Out of Many, One (Latin American Antiquity, 2002), Tiwanaku and its Precursors (Journal of Archaeological Research, 2004), Household and City in Tiwanaku (Andean Archaeology, Helaine Silverman ed., Blackwell 2004), and several chapters in Tiwanaku and its Hinterland Vol. II (Alan Kolata ed., Smithsonian Institution, 2003).  More recent publications include: The Changing 'Nature' of Tiwanaku Religion (World Archaeology 38, 2006), Of Monoliths and Men (The Archaeology of Wak’as, University of Colorado Press, Tamara Bray ed., 2015), Telluric Technē and the Lithic Production of Tiwanaku (Making Value, Making Meaning, Cathy Costin ed., Dumbarton Oaks, 2015), and Incipient Urbanism in the Early Andean center of Khonkho Wankane, Bolivia (Journal of Field Archaeology, 2015).  His books include Identity and Power in the Ancient Andes (Routledge, 2004) Ancient Tiwanaku (Cambridge, 2008), and the forthcoming Archaeological Research at Khonkho Wankane, Bolivia (University of California, Berkeley, Archaeological Research Facility, 2017).