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Amber Anderson

Visiting Assistant Professor
College of Liberal Arts

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.