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Steven Wernke

Associate Professor
Department Chair
(Archaeology, Andes, Spatial Analysis)


Archaeology and ethnohistory of theAndean region; colonialism and culture change, missionary encounters, community and land-use organizatin, GIS and spatial analysis

Steven Wernke is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University, director of the Spatial Analysis Research Laboratory [], and director of the Vanderbilt Initiative for Interdisciplinary Geospatial Research []. Prof. Wernke is an archaeologist and historical anthropologist of the Andean region of South America. His research takes place at the intersections of several disciplines: archaeology and history, prehispanic and colonial studies, anthropology and cultural geography. Prof. Wernke's interests center on the lived experiences of indigenous communities across the Spanish invasion of the Andes–especially how new kinds of communities, landscapes, and religious practice emerged out of successive attempts by the Inkas and the Spanish to subordinate and remake Andean societies in the image of their colonial ideals. Methodologically, his work brings together analyses of archaeological and documentary datasets in geospatial frameworks.

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