Elizabeth Klarich

Five College Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Specialization: 
Andean prehistory; Lake Titicaca Basin; origins of urbanism; food and feasting; ancient and modern pottery production

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.

Publications

Books

2012. Vranich, A., E. Klarich and C. Stanish (editors). Advances in Titicaca Basin Archaeology III. Memoirs of the Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Number 51, Ann Arbor, MI.

2010. Editor, Inside Ancient Kitchens: New Directions in the Study of Daily Meals and Feasts. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

Articles and Chapters

2013. Roddick, A. and E. Klarich. Arcillas and alfareros: Clay and Temper Mining Practices in the Lake Titicaca Basin. In Mining and Quarrying in the Ancient Andes, edited by N. Tripcevich and K. Vaughn, pp. 99-122. Springer Press.

2013. Klarich, E. Produccin, Papas y Proyectiles: Evaluando los Factores Principales en el Desarrollo de Pukara. In Arqueologa de la Cuenca de Titicaca Peru, edited by H. Tantalen and L. Flores. IFEA, Lima, Peru.

2012. Klarich, E. and N. Romn. Scale and Diversity at Late Formative Period Pukara. In Advances in Titicaca Basin Archaeology III, edited by A. Vranich, E. Klarich and C. Stanish, pp. 105-120. Memoirs of the Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan, Number 51, Ann Arbor, MI.

2011. “Sewing Basket.” In Mead Art Museum at Amherst College: Collection Guide, pp. 40-41. Amherst College Press, Amherst, MA.

2011. Review of Ancient Tiwanaku by J.W. Janusek. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 21: 149-150. 

2010. Behind the Scenes and into the Kitchen: New Directions for the Study of Prehistoric Meals. In Inside Ancient Kitchens: New Directions in the Study of Daily Meals and Feasts, edited by E. Klarich, pp. 1-16. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

2010. Continuidad e Innovación de la Cerámica Pucará: 3000 Años de Producción Alfarera en la Cuenca Norte del Titicaca. In Toro, torito de Pucará: Galería y estudios, edited by J. Ruiz Durand, pp. 23-31. MINCETUR, Peruvian Ministry of Tourism. [with L. Flores Blanco]

2009. Pukara: Investigaciones de la temporada 2001 y un nuevo modelo para el desarrollo del sitio. In Actas del Simposio Internacional sobre Arqueología del Área Centro Sur Andina, edited by A. Belén Franco, M. Ziolkowski, J. Jennings, and A. Drusini, pp. 23-31. Center for Pre-Columbian Studies, University of Warsaw, Poland.

2006. The Tourist Circuit Project at Pukara, Peru: Perspectives from a Local Site Museum. In Archaeological Site Museums in Latin America, edited by H. Silverman, pp. 72-84. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, FL. [with R. Paredes & G. Fattorini]

2005.¿Quiénes eran los invitados? Cambios temporales y funcionales de los espacios públicos de Pukara como reflejo del cambio de las estrategias de liderazgo durante el Periodo Formativo Tardío. In Encuentros: Identidad, Poder y Manejo de Espacios Públicos, edited by P. Kaulicke and T. Dillehay, pp. 185-206. Boletín de Arqueología PUCP No. 9. Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima.

2001. An Osteological Study of Nasca Trophy Heads Collected by A.L. Kroeber During the Marshall Field Expeditions to Peru. Fieldiana, Anthropology Monograph Series, publication 1516. Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL.  [with S. Williams & K. Forgey]

2001.Qawranakasax waljawa: Arte Rupestre de Cazadores y Pastores en el Río Ilave (sur del Perú). Boletín del Museo Chileno de Arte Precolombino No. 8: 47-58. Santiago de Chile. [with M. Aldenderfer]