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Christina Conlee

Dr. Christina Conlee, Archaeology FacultyProfessor
Phone: (512) 245-6582
Office: ELA 235

Curriculum Vitae (pdf document)

2000 Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara
1996 M.A. in Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara
1991 B.A. in Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Interests:
Andean archaeology, archaeology of north-central Oregon, dynamics of complex societies, causes and consequences of collapse, foundations and relations of power, impact of imperial conquest in provincial regions, population movements, cultural boundaries, ceramic analysis, stable isotope analysis

Current Research:
I have two active archaeological research projects, 1) the Temple of the Parrot Project/Proyecto Huaca del Loro in Nasca, Peru and, 2) the Pine Creek Archaeological Project in north-central Oregon. The Temple of Parrot Project is investigating the impact of the imperial Wari state on the Nasca region during the period AD 600-1000. We are also documenting the causes of collapse and abandonment, which occurred at the end of the period. The Pine Creek Archaeological Project is investigating prehistoric and historic lifeways in north-central Oregon. Located in a geographic and cultural boundary between the Columbia Plateau and the Northern Great Basin, this project is trying to understand how people used the land and what changes occurred in the region over a period of several thousand years.

Previously, I conducted research at the site of La Tiza, a large settlement in Nasca with 5000 years of occupation that spanned early hunters and gatherers until conquest by the Spanish. This work documented major cultural transformations and explored issues such as the role of religion in the development of complex societies, the impact of migration on cultural change, causes and consequences of collapse and abandonment, and the reformation of complex societies after a period of major disruption.

Select Publications

Conlee, Christin A., Matthew T. Boulanger, and Michael D. Glascock
2019 | 1500 Years of Pottery Production on the South Coast of Peru: Instrumental Neutron Activation Analysis from the site of La Tiza. Ceramics of the Indigenous Cultures of South America: Production and Exchange, edited by Michael D. Glascock, Hector Neff, and Kevin J. Vaughn, University of New Mexico Press, in press.

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2016 | Beyond the Nasca Lines: Ancient Life at La Tiza in the Peruvian Desert. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.


Conlee, Christina A.

2015 | Reestablishment of Complex Societies Following Collapse and Abandonment in Nasca, Peru. In Beyond Collapse: Archaeological Perspectives on Resilience, Revitalization and Reorganization in Complex Societies, edited by Ronald Faulseit, pp. 213-236. Proceedings of the 29th Annual Vising Scholar Conference, Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Conlee, Christina A.
2014 | Nasca Culture Integration and Complexity: A Perspective from the Site of La Tiza. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 35:234-247. (pdf document)

Conlee, Christina and Aldo Noriega
2014 | Cabeza Trofeo Nasca y Sacrificio Humano en La Tiza. Arqueología y Sociedad 27:49-58. (pdf document)

Buzon, Michele R., Christina A. Conlee, Antontio Simonetti, Gabriel J. Bowen
2012 | The Consequences of Wari Contact in the Nasca region during the Middle Horizon: Archaeological, Skeletal, and Isotopic Evidence. Journal of Archaeological Science 39(8): 2627-2636. (pdf document)

Conlee, Christina A.
2011 | An Exploration of Looted Middle Horizon Tombs from Nasca. Ñawpa Pacha, Journal of Andean Archaeology 31(1):45-54. (pdf document)

Conlee, Christina A.
2010 | Nasca and Wari: Local Opportunism and Colonial Ties during the Middle Horizon. In Beyond Wari Walls: Exploring the Nature of Middle Horizon Peru away from Wari Centers, edited by Justin Jennings, pp.96-112. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque. (pdf document)

Conlee, Christina A. Michele R. Buzon, Aldo Noriega Gutierrez, Antonio Simonetti and Robert A. Creaser
2009 | Identifying Foreigners versus Locals in the Burial Population of Nasca, Peru: An Investigation Using Strontium Isotope Analysis. Journal of Archaeological Science 36:2755-2764. (pdf document)

Current Courses

ANTH 2415               Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 3376R             Theoretical Concepts in Archaeology
ANTH 3349/5349       The Incas
ANTH 3356/5356       Andean Archaeology
ANTH 5345               Artifact Analysis (Ceramics)