Nicola Sharratt

BGC-AMNH Postdoctoral Fellow in Museum Anthropology

Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago
M.A. University of Illinois at Chicago
B.A. Archaeology & Anthropology, University of Cambridge.

Taking the disintegration of the Tiwanaku state (ca. AD 1000), my ongoing archaeological field project in southern Peru examines the aftermath of state collapse. Focusing on mortuary contexts and the material culture interred with the dead, my doctoral work explored how post-collapse mourners used funerary rituals to renegotiate salient identities. In my current excavations, I am investigating the impact of state breakdown on community organization, craft production, trade networks and domestic economies. My research on the Tiwanaku incorporates detailed analyses of textiles recovered from archaeological contexts. I have also conducted extensive ethnography with weavers in the Andes, exploring the ways in which modern weavers build on pre-Hispanic crafting traditions, the role of dress in the expression of social identities and the extent to which textile production is impacted by global markets and Peru’s tourist industry.

Selected Recent Publications:

  • In press, Sharratt, N. , P. R. Williams, M. C. Lozada, and J. Starbird. ‘Late Tiwanaku Mortuary Patterns in the Moquegua Drainage, Peru: Excavations at the Tumilaca la Chimba Cemetery.’ For inclusion in A. Vranich, E. Klarich & C. Stanish (eds). Advances in Titicaca Basin Archaeology III. Ann Arbor: Museum of Anthropology Publications; 2011
  • Sharratt, N. ‘Identity Negotiation during Tiwanaku State Collapse.’ In L. Amundsen-Meyer, N. Engel & S. Pickering (eds) Identity Crisis: Archaeological Perspectives on Social Identity. Proceedings of the 42nd (2010) Annual Chacmool Conference: 167-177. University of Calgary: Calgary, Alberta, Canada; 2010
  • Sutter, R. and N. Sharratt. ‘Continuity and Transformation during the Terminal Middle Horizon (A.D. 950-1150): A Bioarchaeological Assessment of Tumilaca Origins within the Middle Moquegua Valley, Peru.’ Latin American Antiquity 21(1): 67-86; 2009
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