Doctoral Dissertation Research: Food Security Under Colonial Rule at Transconquest Purun Llaqta del Maino, Peru

Project: Research project

Project Details


How does colonialism impact local food security? This project seeks to answer this this question at Purun Llaqta del Maino (PLM), an archaeological site in the Chachapoyas region of northern Peru. Like many areas in the Andes, Chachapoyas was colonized in the 16th and 17th centuries by the Inka and Spanish in quick succession. My dissertation project studies variations in food availability and access at PLM throughout this “transconquest” period (CE 1400-1700). Combining data on availability and access will speak to overall levels of food security at the site. To investigate this issue, I will employ archaeobotanical methods, including macrobotanical analysis (study of charred seeds and plant tissue) and microbotanical analysis (study of phytoliths and starch grains) to identify a wide range of plant taxa present at PLM. Botanical results will be augmented by soil chemistry analysis to identify food-related activity areas and guide sampling of botanical analysis. Together, these data will show how food security at PLM was co-constituted by both imperial structures and local strategies.
Effective start/end date8/1/227/31/24


  • National Science Foundation (BCS-2219566)


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