In this talk, Maria Lozada, Senior Lecturer and Spanish Language Coordinator in the Department of Anthropology and Humanities, will summarize the use of human remains excavated from archaeological contexts to evaluate issues ranging from the emergence of complex societies to the nature/scope of interactions between coastal and highland societies. She will also discuss the socio-cultural determinants of biological categories, such as age and sex, and the formation of ethnic groups in the southern Andes. Learn more:


Centro Cultural PUCP
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Av. Camino Real 1075
San Isidro, Lima, Peru


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Deadline: 12/16/2009

Speaker Profiles

Nené Lozada (Speaker)
Research Associate, University of Chicago

Professor Lozada is currently a Research Associate in the department of Anthropology at the University of Chicago, and has been actively working to improve the interaction and communication between local universities in Peru and the United States through her projects. She is a Peruvian bioarchaeologist who has been conducting research in the South Central Andes for the last 20 years. She is a native from Arequipa, Peru and holds a BA degree in Archaeology from La Universidad Católica Satna María de Arequipa. In 1987, she started her graduate program in bioarchaeology at the University of Chicago. At Chicago, she was mentored by prominent researchers such as Jane E. Buikstra, Russell Tuttle, and Alan Kolata. She uses a multidisciplinary approach to study the past, combining archaeology, human osteology and ethnohistory, which is exemplified in her book: El Señorío de Chiribaya en la Costa Sur del Perú (2002). For the past 6 years, Lozada has been conducting archaeological research in northern Chile, and last year she started a new archaeological project in the Vitor valley close to Arequipa, Peru.


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