Ph.D., University of California Santa Barbara
Phone: (512) 245-6582
Office: ELA 235
Archaeology of the Andean area of South America, collapse of complex societies, social transformations, ceramic analysis
Christina Conlee's research is currently focused in the Nasca region on the south coast of Peru. She is conducting a long-term field project at the site of La Tiza that was occupied from the late Formative until the Inca conquest (200 BC - AD 1476). Conlee is investigating several intertwined issues regarding prehistoric societies in this region including changing mortuary practices through time, the effects of imperial conquest and collapse on local populations, and the transformations of local societies during post-collapse periods.
Previous to her project at La Tiza, Conlee conducted research at the late prehispanic (AD 1000 -1532) village of Pajonal Alto (also in the Nasca region) where she investigated changes in village life during times of imperial collapse, regeneration, and Inca conquest. She has also conducted research on the Channel Islands off the coast of California where she was interested in the development of craft specialization and trade. In addition, she has worked on archaeological projects in northern Mexico, Germany, and on the mainland coast of southern California.
ANTH 2415: Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 3375P: Andean Civilizations
ANTH 3347: Archaeology of North America
ANTH 3320: Rise of Civilizations
ANTH 3375H: Analysis of Archaeological Materials