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Charles Stanish


Professor Emeritus


Contact Information

Email    stanish@anthro.ucla.edu
Office  Haines 309
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Charles Stanish has worked extensively in Peru, Bolivia, and Chile, conducting archaeological research on the prehistoric societies of the region. His theoretical work focuses on the roles that trade, war, and labor organization play in the evolution of human cooperation and complex societies.  His books include Lake Titicaca: Legend, Myth, and Science (2011), Ancient Titicaca: The Evolution of Complex Society in Southern Peru and Northern Bolivia (2003), Ritual and Pilgrimage in the Ancient Andes (with B. Bauer, 2001) and Ancient Andean Political Economy (1992). He also works with a sustainable development group to preserve global cultural heritage through a combination of micro-lending, direct community grants, and tourist infrastructure development. He was a Senior Fellow at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States.

 

The Programa Collasuyu Archive

Taraco Photos

Inca Archaeology

NPR Interview

Ancient Titicaca: The Evolution of Complex Society in Southern Peru and Northern Bolivia (University of California Press, January 2003)

Islands of the Sun and the Moon

Department of Anthropology Faculty Page

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Degrees

Ph.D., University of Chicago (1985)

Awards

Member, National Academy of Sciences 
Fellow, American Academy of Arts and Sciences 
Lloyd Cotsen Chair of Archaeology 
Senior Fellow, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library

Grants

Last five years 
2012 National Geographic field research for Chincha, Peru. 
2012 Vice Chancellor for Research Grant for work on Strontium 86/88 in Chincha, Peru. 
2006-7 National Science Foundation Grant no. BCS 0621398. “Interregional trade and the development of archaic states (with Michael Moseley and Ryan Williams). 

2006 NSF Grant BCS-0633074. Dissertation Improvement Grant with Coleen Donley. “Metals and Imperials Strategies of Administration in the Provinces”. 

Selected Publications

Publications in PDF format are located here

Stanish, Charles and Abigail Levine 
2011 War and early state formation in the northern Titicaca Basin, Peru. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. Aug.23, 2011 v. 108 (34). 

Stanish, Charles 
2011 Lake Titicaca. Legend, Myth and Science. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, Los Angeles. 

Stanish, C., E. de la Vega, M. Moseley, R. Williams, B. Vining, K. LaFavre 
2010 Tiwanaku trade patterns in Southern Peru. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology. doi:10.1016/j.jaa.2010.09.002 

Craig, N., Speakman, R.J., Popelka-Filcoff, R., Aldenderfer, M., Blanco, L.F., Vega, M.B., Glascock, M.D., Stanish, C. 
2010 Macusani obsidian from southern Peru: a characterization of its elemental composition with a demonstration of its ancient use. Journal of Archaeological Science 37(3):569-567 

Stanish, Charles 
2010 Measuring time, sacred space and social place in the Inca Empire. In The Archaeology of Measurement, edited by I. Morley and C. Renfrew, pp. 216-228. Cambridge, Cambridge University Press. 

Stanish, Charles 
2010 Labor taxes, market systems and urbanization in the prehispanic Andes: A comparative perspective. In Archaeological Approaches to Market Exchange in Ancient Societies. Edited by C. Garraty and B. Stark, pp. 185-205. University of Colorado Press, Boulder. 

Stanish, Charles 
2009 The evolution of managerial elites in intermediate societies. In The Evolution of Leadership. Transitions in decision making from small-scale to middle-range societies, edited by K. Vaughn, J. Eerkens, and J. Kanter, pp. 97-119. School of American Research, Santa Fe. 

Schultze, C.A., C. Stanish, D. Scott, T. Rehren, S. Kuehner, and J. Feathers. 
2009 Direct evidence of 1,900 years of indigenous silver production in the Lake Titicaca Basin of Southern Peru. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science. October 13, 2009 vol. 106 no. 41 17280-17283 

Joyce Marcus and Charles Stanish, editors.
2006 Agricultural Strategies. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, Los Angeles.

Research

Andean anthropology, settlement archaeology, and the evolution of social complexity

Graduate Students

Elizabeth Arkush, Ph.D. 2005. “Colla fortified sites: Warfare and regional power in the Late Prehispanic Titicaca Basin, Peru. Unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles. 

Aimée Plourde (co-chair with R. Boyd), Ph.D 2006. “Prestige goods and their role in the evolution of social ranking: a costly signaling model with data from the late formative period of the northern Lake Titicaca Basin, Peru.” 

Carol Schultze, Ph.D. 2008. The Role of Silver Ore Reduction in Tiwanaku State Expansion into Puno Bay, Peru. 

Ilana Johnson, Ph.D. 2009. “Urbanism and Social Organization at the Late Moche Period Site of Pampa Grande, Peru” 

Amanda Cohen, Ph.D. 2010. “The Significance of Sunken Court Architecture to the Development of Sociopolitical Complexity” 

Advanced to candidacy: Abigail Levine, and Colleen Donley Zori 

MA candidates: Karl La Favre, Kevin Hill, Benjamin Nigra and Khristine Olshansky

Previous Courses by Term

2016 Winter Quarter

Ancient Civilizations of Andean South America

Selected Topics in Archaeology

2015 Winter Quarter

Archaeology of Chiefdoms

Ancient Civilizations of Andean South America

2014 Winter Quarter

Archaeology of Chiefdoms

Selected Topics in Archaeology

Selected Topics in Anthropology

2013 Spring Quarter

Archaeology: Introduction

2012 Spring Quarter

Comparative Study of Ancient States

2011 Spring Quarter

Economic Anthropology

Comparative Study of Ancient States

2010 Spring Quarter

Ancient Civilizations of Andean South America

Economic Anthropology

2008 Spring Quarter

Archaeology of Chiefdoms

Economic Anthropology

2007 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Selected Topics in Archaeology

Economic Anthropology

2006 Summer Session

Fieldwork in Archaeology

2006 Spring Quarter

Economic Anthropology

2005 Summer Session

Fieldwork in Archaeology

2005 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Archaeology of Chiefdoms

Economic Anthropology

2004 Spring Quarter

Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

Variable Topics in Anthropology

2003 Winter Quarter

Comparative Study of Ancient States

2002 Winter Quarter

Archaeology: An Introduction

2001 Spring Quarter

Archaeology: An Introduction

2001 Winter Quarter

Archaeology: An Introduction

Comparative Study of Ancient States

1999 Fall Quarter

Archaeology: An Introduction

1999 Spring Quarter

Archaeology: An Introduction

1998 Fall Quarter

Proseminar: Practice of Anthropology

1998 Spring Quarter
1998 Winter Quarter

Previous Courses by Course

ANTHRO 118
Selected Topics in Archaeology

2016 Winter Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 114R
Ancient Civilizations of Andean South America

2016 Winter Quarter

2015 Winter Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 114L
Archaeology of Chiefdoms

2015 Winter Quarter

2014 Winter Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 297
Selected Topics in Anthropology

2014 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 8
Archaeology: Introduction

2013 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO CM214S
Comparative Study of Ancient States

2012 Spring Quarter

2011 Spring Quarter

2003 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 153P
Economic Anthropology

2011 Spring Quarter

2010 Spring Quarter

2008 Spring Quarter

2007 Spring Quarter

2006 Spring Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 19
Fiat Lux Freshman Seminars

2007 Spring Quarter

2005 Spring Quarter

2004 Spring Quarter

ARCHEOL C159
Fieldwork in Archaeology

2006 Summer Session

2005 Summer Session

ARCHEOL C259
Fieldwork in Archaeology

2005 Summer Session

ANTHRO 191
Variable Topics in Anthropology

2004 Spring Quarter

ARCHEOL M214
Comparative Study of Ancient States

2003 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO C114S
Comparative Study of Ancient States

2003 Winter Quarter

2001 Winter Quarter

ANTHRO 8
Archaeology: An Introduction

2002 Winter Quarter

2001 Spring Quarter

2001 Winter Quarter

1999 Fall Quarter

1999 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO 200A
Proseminar: Practice of Anthropology

1998 Fall Quarter

ANTHRO C114S

1998 Spring Quarter

ANTHRO C115R

1998 Winter Quarter