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Area of Interest:

Archaeology; Andes; Peru; Moche studies; household archaeology; political economy; economic anthropology; ceramic analysis; lithic analysis; theory and philosophy of archaeology


MA, Archaeology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill (2010)

BSc (Hons), Archaeology, University of Calgary (2007)

Professional Background:

I entered the program in 2008, after completing my BSc in Archaeology from the University of Calgary, in Alberta, Canada. In addition to my academic career, I have spent time working as a consulting archaeologist for various firms in Western Canada.

Research & Activities:

My dissertation research focuses on the nature of political economy and social inequality during the Middle to Late Moche phase (~AD 400 to 800) in the Moche Valley of Peru’s northern coast. I am examining the remains of residences at the rural Moche sites of Ciudad de Dios and Quebrada del Leon, located some 20 km from the major urban and ceremonial center of Huacas de Moche. Through ongoing excavation and laboratory work, I seek to understand how inter-household diversity may have resulted from differential access to various forms of capital, including symbols, social networks, and material wealth. Methodologically, my work rests on a comprehensive analysis of architecture, ceramics, and lithic assemblages.


This work is being conducted in partnership with MOCHE, Inc. a Peruvian and American not-for-profit dedicated to community development, heritage preservation, and education in the Moche Valley.

Selected Publications:

2010a Chipped Stone Technology and Agricultural Households in the Moche Valley, Peru. MA Thesis, Dept. of Anthropology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.

2010b Domestic Economy and Lithic Technological Organization in the Early Intermediate Period: A View from the Middle Moche Valley, Peru. Paper Presented at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, St. Louis, MO, April 2010.

2009 Making, Trading, and Breaking Stone Hoe Tips at Cerro Leon (with Brian R. Billman). Poster Presented at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Atlanta, GA, April 2009

Alicia M. Boswell, Evan W. Surridge, and Brian R. Billman

2011  Rethinking the Role of Chaupiyunga People in the Prehistory of the North Coast of Peru: A Case Study from the Moche Valley. Paper Presented at the 51st Meeting of the Institute of Andean Studies, Berkeley, CA, January 2011