Department of Anthropology

Alexander Menaker

MA, University of Chicago



Historical Archaeology throughout the Peruvian Andes, Spanish colonialism, anthropology of religious encounters, Andean ethnography and archaeology, identity, political subject formation


MA, University of Chicago; PhD Candidate, University of Texas-Austin


Co-Director of Proyecto Arqueológico del Valle de Andagua (PAVA). Visit our website for more information.


Publications (links to articles online included):

In Press Beads at Magdalena de Cao Viejo, in Historical Archaeology of Magdalena de Cao Viejo, J. Quilter ed. Harvard University Peabody Museum Press: Cambridge.

2019 Becoming "Rebels" and "Idolaters" in the Valley of Volcanoes, Southern Peru, in Status and Identity in the Spanish Imperial Andes, S. Kennedy and S. Norman eds. International Journal of Historical Archaeology.

2016 Las cuentas durante el colonialismo Español en los Andes Peruanos. In Arqueología Histórica en el Perú, Traslaviña, A. and Z. Chase, P. VanValkenburgh, B. Weavers eds. Boletín de Arqueología PUCP, Vol. 21: 85-97.



ANT F304 • Intro Archaeol Stds: Prehist

79810 • Summer 2018
Meets MTWTHF 11:30AM-1:00PM SAC 5.172

An introduction to archaeology as a discipline.  Three major themes that deal with issues of the past will be covered:


1.  A brief history of the discipline, changing theories about various aspects of the past, and the role that the reconstructions of the past play in national and/or group identities.


2.  A survey of the development of human culture from its beginnings to the rise of civilizations in most areas of the world.  Cultures, archaeological sites, and areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe, and the Pacific will be covered.


3.  Archaeological methods of recovery of information about the past.  Scientific procedures involved in excavation, dating, and preservation of the material record.