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Andean archaeologist Dr. Rebecca Bria joins the UTSA Department of Anthropology faculty!

April 29, 2020

It is with great excitement that we announce that Dr. Rebecca Bria has accepted a tenure-track professorship in the UTSA Department of Anthropology. An archaeologist who received her PhD in 2017 from Vanderbilt University, Dr. Bria was hired as part an interdisciplinary cluster in "Social and Environmental Challenges in Latin America." Dr. Bria has numerous publications and external funding sources, and her ongoing field projects cover a wide array of topics: "Rebecca Bria is an anthropological archaeologist whose research in the Peruvian Andes examines how communities emerge and transform though human-environment interactions, and how these interactions are mediated through ritual practice. She is also invested in issues of cultural heritage, and works with indigenous Andean communities to co-create events, educational programs, and museum installations that explore the value of the past in the modern world. She has innovated methods in digital archaeology by designing and implementing tablet-based field recording systems and tools for student learning. Her different endeavors have received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, Fulbright-Hays, the Philanthropic Educational Organization, and the American Association for University Women (AAUW). Rebecca directs the Proyecto de Investigación Arqueológico Regional Ancash, or 'PIARA' archaeological project and field school, which has principally investigated the sites of Hualcayán and Pariamarca in the Santa Cruz district of Huaylas, Ancash, Peru. Excavations have uncovered nearly 4000 years of uninterrupted prehistoric occupation and community development (2400 BC–AD 1532), which span the emergence of highland Peru’s earliest religions and ritual centers (Mito-Kotosh, Chavín), many subsequent phases of cultural and political change (Huarás, Recuay, Wari, Akillpo), and finally, the period of Inka imperial expansion." Please join us in welcoming Dr. Bria to UTSA!

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