National Lecture Program

AIA Lecturer: Mark Aldenderfer

Affiliation: University of California, Merced

Professor Mark Aldenderfer is the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation Endowed Chair in Anthropology at the University of California at Merced, and Adjunct Professor with the School of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, Tucson.  He holds his degrees from Pennsylvania State University (Ph.D.) and Wake Forest University, and his areas of specialization include the Tibetan plateau and the Himalayan arc, the archaeology of foraging societies, Archaic/Pre-ceramic Andes, comparative analysis of high altitude cultural and biological adaptations, the archaeology of Buddhism, and the archaeology of religion.  He has conducted fieldwork in Tibet, Nepal, Peru, Argentina, Ethiopia, and at sites throughout the United States. Professor Aldenderfer was the AIA’s Norton Lecturer for 2013/2014.

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