Moving Up, Moving Down, Moving On: Lowland Agropastoralism in the Wake of Tiwanaku State Collapse (11th-12th c. A.D.)


Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 12:00pm


Room 203, Tozzer Anthropology Building, 21 Divinity Avenue
Dr. Sarah Baitzel is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Washington University in St. Louis. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of California San Diego. After spending many years investigating the politics of death and identity in ancient Andean complex societies, her more recent work includes directing two research projects that focus on agropastoralism and state collapse. The first project is situated in the Sama valley on the far south coast of Peru tracing agropastoralism in the wake of Tiwanaku state collapse at the end of the 1st millennium A.D.; the second project studies high-altitude pastoralists near Cusco at the end of the prehispanic era. Her research interests also include the bioarchaeology of children and the elderly, and Andean textiles. Dr. Baitzel’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Fulbright-Hays, and the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, among others, and has been published in Latin American Antiquity, Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory, and Journal of Anthropological Archaeology.