Elizabeth Klarich's research focuses on the site of Pukara, an important regional center located in the southern Peruvian highlands. During the Late Formative Period (500 B.C.- A.D. 400), populations moved to Pukara and built monumental stone constructions, produced technologically sophisticated multi-colored pottery and stone carvings, and intensified agro-pastoral strategies to feed the expanding site. In addition to mapping, excavation, and lab projects at Pukara, Klarich is active in the development of the Museo Litico Pukara, the local site museum located in the adjacent town of Pucará.
Klarich’s research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, Fulbright-Hays, the Heinz Foundation Grant Program for Latin American Archaeology, the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, and the University of California, Santa Barbara and Los Angeles. Her publications include a number of articles in both English and Spanish on her long-term project at Pukara and an edited volume, Inside Ancient Kitchens: New Directions in the Study of Ancient Meals and Feasts, will be available in early 2010.
At Mount Holyoke, Klarich teaches classes on the prehistory of the Andes, ancient food production, archaeological method and theory, and museum studies.