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Amber Anderson

Visiting Assistant Professor
College of Liberal Arts

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Amber Anderson

Visiting Assistant Professor
College of Liberal Arts


BA, Hobart and William Smith Colleges; MA, Ph.D., State University of New York at Buffalo


Ph.D., Archaeology, SUNY at Buffalo
M.A., Archaeology, SUNY at Buffalo
B.A., Anthropology, Hobart and William Smith Colleges

Teaching Interests:
Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, Applied Anthropology, Andean Studies, World Prehistory, North American Prehistory, War and Conflict

Research Interests:
My research primarily focuses on Northern Ecuador and the interactions of the indigenous País Caranqui societies and the Inka as they moved through in the late 1400's and early 1500's. Here the Inka attempted to conquer several País Caranqui societies but they were met with fierce resistance, evidence of which is visible through the numerous fortifications found throughout the region. The Inka engaged in battle with local groups for over a decade, combining religious, ideological, and economic structures with military might until they were eventually victorious. Study of these fortifications, the landscape, and the artifacts left behind show the complex activities that occurred during times of conflict for both groups.

(1) Northern Andean societies, focusing on Ecuadorian societies of the País Caranqui, and the Inca occupation of the area, (2) Andean/South American societies
(1) geochemical testing, (2) landscape, GIS and surface archaeology, (3) remote sensing techniques (GPR, resistivity, magnetometry), (4) ceramic analysis
(1) landscape studies; (2) religion, ideology and ceremony (3) warfare, conflict, domination and resistance; (4) cognitive archaeology, Actor Network Theory, materiality, (5) post colonial theory


Currently Teaching

3 Credits
Human beings across the globe live and work according to different values and beliefs. Students will develop the tools for acquiring knowledge, awareness, and appreciation of cultural differences, and in turn enhance their abilities to interact across cultures. The course accomplishes these aims by examining the relationship between individuals and their communities, and the dynamics of ritual, religious, political, and social life in different parts of the world.
3 Credits
Students will design and conduct a library-based research project with supervision of a faculty member, bringing to bear the knowledge and theoretical perspectives accumulated during the prior years of study.
3 Credits
Anthropology is the holistic science of the human condition, and professional anthropologists engage in experiential, empirical and humanistic research. Cultural diversity and change are explored through the anthropological techniques of immersion (ethnographic fieldwork) and cross-cultural analysis. In-depth and comparative analysis of critical issues may include transnational migration, ethnic nationalism, racism, changing and clashing views on gender and sexuality, indigenous peoples’ rights, religious fundamentalism, genocide, war, hunger, famine, and cultural and economic dimensions of globalization. The specific topic varies from year to year.
3 Credits
Since the first humans set out from Africa nearly two million years ago, our ancestors and relatives managed to settle in almost every continent. Wherever they went, they left traces of their lives that are tens of thousands to hundreds of thousands of years deep. We call these traces the archaeological record. Almost everywhere our ancestors settled, they did many of the same things, such as inventing agriculture, cities, writing, and state-level societies. However, they did this in ways unique to each region and time. This course examines the archaeology of a specific region, such as the Middle East, Mesoamerica, North America, or East Asia, in detail. We examine the geography, culture, archaeological record, and significance of the region to various key themes in archaeological research with respect to other world regions.