Directors

Rebecca E. Bria 

PIARA Principal Investigator, Co-Director & Field School Instructor

Rebecca is an anthropological archaeologist with fifteen years of field experience investigating ancient complex societies in the Andes and beyond. Although highland Peru is her principal area of study, she has participated in archaeological research in six countries: Peru, Argentina, Bolivia, Belize, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. Her research at Hualcayán is focused on anthropological questions of community formation and politics, which she investigates by examining changes in agricultural production and ritual practice. Rebecca applies a variety of digital techniques to the investigation and teaching of archaeology, such as by designing custom mobile relational databases for the field and laboratory, creating photogrammetry models for visualization, and analyzing spatial data with GIS. Rebecca is currently a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University, and is writing her dissertation. Her research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the IIE Graduate Fellowship International Study/Fulbright-Hays, the Philanthropic Educational Organization, the American Association for University Women, and Vanderbilt University. Rebecca received a teaching award from the Vanderbilt Department of Anthropoogy in 2010, and has a passion for teaching both in the classroom and in the field. She leads the PIARA Archaeological Field School as a visiting professor at the Universidad Nacional de Ancash - Santiago Antúnez de Mayolo in Huaraz, Peru. In addition to her role as principal investigator in PIARA's archaeological research, she works closely with communities in rural Ancash to address issues of poverty and heritage preservation.

Lic. Elizabeth Cruzado Carranza  

PIARA Co-Director, Field School Instructor & Collections Manager

Elizabeth has twelve years of experience in archaeology, focused on the regions of highland Ancash and the Central Coast of Peru.  She is a licensed archaeologist from San Marcos University in Lima, is fluent in English, and in 2009 she was a curator for the installation of the new museum exhibition in Caraz. Elizabeth is an expert in the analysis, conservation and curation of a wide variety of ancient Peruvian material culture.  She joined PIARA in 2011 and since then has been an advocate for the people of Hualcayán and Huaylas through leading and collaborating on various PIARA outreach projects. She is currently completing her MA in archaeology at the University of Memphis.

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