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Laurie Martiarena



2014: Phd in Art History, Sainsbury Research Unit, UEA (UK)

2009-2010. M.A in Arts of Africa, Oceania and Americas at the Sainsbury Research Unit, University of East Anglia. (Norwich, UK)

2006-2009. B.A in archaeology with distinction at the University of Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris, France)

Research Interests

Andean archaeology, ethnohistory, funerary practices, religion, colonialism social identity and history.

PhD Thesis

'The social life of death: Mortuary Practice in the North-Central Andes AD.1000-1610.'

During my M.A research, I have looked at how different scholars examine colonialism and its impact in the social history of the Andes during the 16th and 17th centuries. My current doctoral research focuses on funerary practices in the North-Central Andes  (actual region of Ancash) between AD1000 - 1610, a period covering the Inca and Spanish conquests. Combining archaeological and early documentary data, I will investigate the use of tombs and their ideology, within a framework of changing social organisation. This research is to demonstrate correlating archaeological and ethnohistorical data how historical events, political action and manipulation can affect the habitus of a society. Through the ways that people treat their dead we can track cultural emphases and changes in the social life of ancient groups.

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