Christina Conlee

Dr. Christina ConleeProfessor and Department Chair
Phone: (512) 245-8272
Office: ELA 235

Curriculum Vitae

2000 Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara
1996 M.A. in Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara
1991 B.A. in Anthropology, University of California, Santa Cruz

Research Interests:
Andean archaeology, archaeology of north-central Oregon, dynamics of complex societies, causes and consequences of collapse, foundations and relations of power, impact of imperial conquest in provincial regions, population movements, cultural boundaries, ceramic analysis, stable isotope analysis

Current Research:
I have two active archaeological research projects, 1) the Temple of the Parrot Project/Proyecto Huaca del Loro in Nasca, Peru and, 2) the Pine Creek Archaeological Project in north-central Oregon. The Temple of Parrot Project is investigating the impact of the imperial Wari state on the Nasca region during the period AD 600-1000. We are also documenting the causes of collapse and abandonment, which occurred at the end of the period. The Pine Creek Archaeological Project is investigating prehistoric and historic lifeways in north-central Oregon. Located in a geographic and cultural boundary between the Columbia Plateau and the Northern Great Basin, this project is trying to understand how people used the land and what changes occurred in the region over a period of several thousand years.

Previously, I conducted research at the site of La Tiza, a large settlement in Nasca with 5000 years of occupation that spanned early hunters and gatherers until conquest by the Spanish. This work documented major cultural transformations and explored issues such as the role of religion in the development of complex societies, the impact of migration on cultural change, causes and consequences of collapse and abandonment, and the reformation of complex societies after a period of major disruption.

Select Publications

Conlee, Christina A., Corina Kellner, Chester Walker, and Aldo Noriega
2021 | Early Imperialism in the Andes: the Wari Colonization of Nasca. Antiquity DOI: 10.15184/aqy.2021.118

Conlee, Christina A.
2021 | The Importance of Coastal-Highland Interactions and Population Movements on the Development and Collapse of Complex Societies in Nasca, Peru (AD 500-1470). Latin American Antiquity 32(2): 405-420.

Mills, Blair and Christina A. Conlee
2019 | An Analysis of the Fabrics from La Tiza, a Site in the Southern Nasca Drainage. Ñawpa Pacha: Journal of Andean Archaeology 39:213-232.

Conlee, Christina A.
2016 | Beyond the Nasca Lines: Ancient Life at La Tiza in the Peruvian Desert. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

Vaughn, Kevin J., Christina A. Conlee, Verity Whalen, and Hendrik Van Gijseghem
2016 | Plazas and Communal Space in Nasca: Changing Patterns of Public Ritual between the Formative and Nasca Periods on the South Coast of Peru. Ñawpa Pacha: Journal of Andean Archaeology 36:111-138.

Conlee, Christina A.
2015 | Reestablishment of Complex Societies Following Collapse and Abandonment in Nasca, Peru. In Beyond Collapse: Archaeological Perspectives on Resilience, Revitalization and Reorganization in Complex Societies, edited by Ronald Faulseit, pp. 213-236. Proceedings of the 29th Annual Vising Scholar Conference, Center for Archaeological Investigations, Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Conlee, Christina A.
2014 | Nasca Culture Integration and Complexity: A Perspective from the Site of La Tiza. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 35:234-247.

Current Courses

  • ANTH 2415 | Introduction to Archaeology
  • ANTH 3376R | Theoretical Concepts in Archaeology
  • ANTH 3349/5349 | The Incas
  • ANTH 3356/5356 | Andean Archaeology
  • ANTH 5345 | Artifact Analysis (Ceramics)
  • ANTH 7310 | Theory in Anthropology