Past and Present in the Western Andean Foothills: From Pre-Inka to Modern Community Archaeology in Perú
Sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America, Denver Chapter
Sunday, April 19, 2015 - 2:00pm

University of Denver, Sturm Hall, Room 453 (4th floor)
2000 East Asbury Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
United States

Dr. Jonathan Kent, Metropolitan State University of Denver

The state societies that developed along the Pacific coast and western Andean foothills were made up of extremely powerful elites deriving their authority from sound economic political economies and the support of even more powerful gods.  When power shifts occurred among these local societies, an opportunity was created for a new and possibly even more powerful society to begin to dominate the local groups: the Inka.  The means by which the Inkas came to control local economies and politics is the focus of a ten-year archaeological project in portions of the urban site of Huaycán de Pariachi.  The results of our field work  at the site are described, and subsequent plans for the next few seasons are discussed.  Moreover, because archaeological investigations do not take place in a vacuum, we will also describe how local politics and social interactions are invested in our archaeological work in various ways, and how this involvement is helping to shape the research and make it relevant to members of the modern urban community.

About Dr. Kent:

Dr. Jonathan Kent is Professor of Anthropology at Metropolitan State College of Denver, where he has
taught since 1986. He has archaeological field projects in Colorado and Peru and will be directing a
new Peru field school in the summer of 2014. He curates the MSCD Seed Collection, the Comparative
Osteology Collection, and the Ashton Ethnographic Collection. He is the Founder and Co-Director of
the Laboratory of Anthropology. He was the Founder and first faculty advisor of the student anthropology club, ALPACA. He is a three-time awardee of Fulbright-Hays Fellowships. He has been
named Outstanding Faculty Researcher by Golden Key Honor Society, has been named as the President's Outstanding Teacher, and has won the college's Distinguished Service Award. He teaches courses in Archaeology, World Prehistory, Human-Animal Relationships, Ancient American Civilizations and South American Archaeology.





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