Conference Abstracts
Friday & Saturday Evening

Program: the 43rd Annual Midwest Conference on Andean and Amazonian Archaeology and Ethnohistory

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Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, February 27-March 1, 2015

Sponsored by Vanderbilt’s Center for Latin American Studies and Department of Anthropology

Paper Presentations:

Friday, February 27

'Welcome to Vanderbilt!' fireside reception (with food and drinks)

6 - 10 PM at the Alumni Lounge (Alumni 100) in Vanderbilt University's Alumni Hall. The building is on the main quad and just behind Kirkland Hall (the building with the clock tower).

Saturday, February 28 (Buttrick Hall 101 and Atrium)

8:00 - 9:00 am    Coffee, fresh bagels, and local doughnuts.  Badge Pick-Up. (Buttrick Hall Atrium)

9:00 - 9:05 am    Welcome and Introductory Comments, John Janusek

9:05 - 9:30 am    Rethinking the Formative Process: A view from the Atacama Desert, Northern Chile (South Central Andes)

Estefania Vidal-Montero and Mauricio Uribe

9:30 - 9:55 am    Water Management and Agriculture in Atacama Desert: The Politics of Communities between the Late Intermediate and Inka Periods (A.D. 900 - 1530)

Andrés Troncoso, Frances Hayashida, Diego Salazar, César Parcero Oubiña and Pastor Fábrega

9:55 - 10:20 am    Wari Power and Expansion: A View from the South

Maeve Skidmore

10:20 - 10:45 am    Coffee Break and Poster Presentations (Buttrick Hall Atrium)

10:45 - 11:10 am    Identifying Persistent Place in the Nepeña Valley, Peru: Insights from the 2014 Excavations of the Cosma Archaeological Complex

Kimberly Munro

11:10 - 11:35 am    Mimesis and Convergence in the Southern Jequetepeque Valley: Mountain Simulators in the Ancient North Coast of Peru

John P. Warner and Edward Swenson

11:35 am - 12:00    Excavating Archaeological Data: Reconstructing Chimú Settlement Patterns in the Lower Moche Valley

Robyn Cutright and Sandra Jablonski

12:00 - 12:25 pm    Multiple Ways to Record Nothing and How the Incas Edited Their Documents: Insights from Matching Khipu

Dennis Ogburn

12:25 - 2:00 pm    Lunch Break (several good options near Buttrick Hall)

2:00 - 2:25 pm    Tracing the Inka Past: Movement and Memory in Ancient Cuzco Steve Kosiba


2:25 - 2:50 pm    Mapping the City: Constructing the Colonial Image of Cusco, Peru

Raymond (Sandy) Hunter

2:50 - 3:15 pm    Militarism and Cultural Development of the Mapuche Culture, South-Central Chile and Western Argentina

Jacob Sauer

3:15 - 3:40 pm    Coffee Break and Poster Presentations (Buttrick Hall Atrium)

3:40 - 4:05 pm    Ghosts of the Haciendas: Memory and Architecture on the Former Jesuit Wine Estates of Nasca

Brendan Weaver

4:05 - 4:25 pm     The Mercury Road: Huancavelica to Potosi

Douglas K. Smit, Brian S. Bauer, and Antonio Coello Rodríguez

4:25 - 4:50 pm    What Kind of Text is Guaman Poma's Warikza arawi?

Bruce Mannheim

4:50 - 5:00 pm     Business discussion: the 2016 conference

5:00 - 5:45 pm     Festive Interlude in Buttrick Hall Atrium

5:45 - 6:45 pm    Keynote Presentation: Pre-Columbian Monumental Landscapes in the Bolivian Amazon

Clark Erickson, University of Pennsylvania

Sunday, March 1 (Buttrick Hall 101 and Atrium)

8:30 - 9:05 am    Coffee, fresh bagels, and local doughnuts (Buttrick Atrium)

9:05 - 9:30 am    Camelids, Consumption, and Ceremony: Preliminary analyses of a terminal Middle Horizon faunal assemblage at Tumilaca la Chimba, Moquegua, Peru

Caleb Kestle and Nicola Sharratt

9:30 - 9:55 am    Compositional analysis of food vessels from the Middle Sican Great Plaza

Go Matsumoto

9:55 - 10:20 am    Ethnicity, Ritual, Game Theory: Conflict and Cooperation in the Andes

Howard Tsai

10:20 - 10:45 am    Coffee Break (Buttrick Atrium)

10:45 - 11:10 am    Location, location, location: Exploring the distribution of trepanations and cranial fractures at Kuelap, Chachapoyas, Peru

J.Marla Toyne

11:10 - 11:35 am    New Perspectives on Ethnic Diversity and Cranial Vault Modification during the Late Intermediate Period in the Colca Valley, Peru

Matthew C. Velasco

11:35 am - Noon    Legacies of war: the transformation of hilltop fortifications during the Late Horizon, Colca Valley, Peru

Lauren Kohut

Poster Presentations:

Posters can be viewed any time during the meeting.  Saturday breaks are built-in times for authors to explain and describe their posters. 

Dead Among the Living: A GIS Network Analysis of the Burials in a Recuay Residential Complex

Corey Bowen

Extended Arm Monoliths and Tiwanaku Geopolitics

John Janusek and Anna Guengerich

A Comparison of Networks of Movement on Eastern and Western Andean Slopes

Brian McCray (Vanderbilt University)

Paracas Necropolis: "Outsider" Textiles

Ann H. Peters (University of Pennsylvania Museum)

Trauma and Trepanation during the Early Intermediate Period and Middle Horizon in the Callejón de Huaylas

Emily Sharp (Arizona State University) and Rebecca Bria (Vanderbilt University)

Thank you for attending the 43rd Annual MCAAAE Conference at Vanderbilt University!

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