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Anna Guengerich

Senior Lecturer (Historical ecology; Amazonian and Andean archaeology)

I am an archaeological anthropologist with theoretical interests in historical and political ecologies, imperialism, the built environment, and political practice outside the state.  Since 2011, I have served as director of the community-based Tambillo Archaeological Project (PATA), which takes place in the Chachapoyas region of eastern Peru.  This work examines long-term changes in human-environmental relations in the montane forests of South America, over a period of nearly two thousand years, including the Inka and the Spanish conquest (200BCE-1600CE).  I am more broadly interested in the ecology of empire; in the historical ecology of South America; and in the historical relationship between the Andes and Amazon regions and shifting representations of these regions over time.  I maintain additional research interests in highland Bolivia, where I am engaged in collaborative research on Tiwanaku (500-1000CE) monumental sculpture; critical engagement of archaeology with the public; and the role of visual and narrative media, including comics and graphic novels, in archaeology.


Historical ecology; Amazonian and Andean archaeology; imperialism and the environment; politics of representation; community and public archaeology; foodways; visual and narrative media in archaeology