AIA Lecturer/Host: James Kus
James Kus is Emeritus Professor of Geography with the California State University at Fresno. He has spent more than eight years in Peru, directed several archaeology projects in northern coastal Peru, and served as a visiting professor in archaeology at Lima’s Pontificia Universidad Católica (Peru’s leading university). Professor Kus has published extensively about Peruvian archaeology in popular media and encyclopedias as well as professional journals. He has led more than two dozen study tours to various parts of Latin America since the early 1970s, including more than a dozen very successful tours to Peru since 1982 for private groups, his university, major museums, and the Archaeological Institute of America. His areas of specialization are Andean archaeology and geography, and his current research interests include the origins of agriculture in the New World (particularly techniques of water control and irrigation), and the pre-industrial city and origins of New World urbanism. For the past nine years he has been a very popular AIA lecturer, presenting talks on Peruvian archaeology at many local societies and universities across the U.S. and Canada.