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Graduate Research Assistant
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I am currently a Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Illinois at Chicago. I investigate the role of religion in the emergence of social complexity. How do early leaders use religious ritual as a base of power? Why do many societies across the globe develop a tradition of building ceremonial architecture as they transition from hunting and gathering to sedentary agricultural villages? For my dissertation research I have used modern scientific techniques to reconstruct ancient religious rituals at the Late Archaic (3000-1800 B.C.) of Huaricanga along the north-central coast of Peru. To learn more about this investigation, please visit the Huaricanga Archaeological Research Project (HARP) website: http://www.diggingperu.wordpress.com.