Kevin Vaughn

  • Adjunct Faculty

  • Kevin Vaughn received his Ph.D. from the University of California Santa Barbara in 2000, and he joined the Purdue University faculty in 2005.

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    Anthropology // Adjunct Faculty
    Latin American Studies // SIS // Adjunct Faculty

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    • Courses

    • Taught (Last two years)

      ANTH 201 - Introduction to Archaeology and World Prehistory
      ANTH 311 - The Archaeology of the Ancient Andes
      ANTH 320 - The Evolution of Prehistoric Civilizations
      ANTH 425 - Anthropological Archaeology
      ANTH 504 - Problems in World Prehistory
      ANTH 609 - Professionalism in Anthropology

    • Professor Vaughn has just completed a book entitled The Ancient Andean Village: Marcaya in Prehispanic Nasca to be published by the University of Arizona Press in early 2009. He has authored publications in international archaeological and scientific journals including Journal of Archaeological Science, Latin American Antiquity, Journal of Archaeological Research, Journal of Field Archaeology, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, Antiquity, JOM, Andean Past, The SAA Archaeological Record and Hyperfine Interactions. He was co-editor of a volume of The Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association and is co-editor of a volume to be published by the School for Advanced Research (formerly School of American Research) Press entitled The Emergence of Leadership: Transitions in Decision Making from Small-Scale to Middle-Range Societies. He has organized symposia and presented at national and international conferences in the United States, Canada, and Peru. His most research funded by the National Science Foundation and the H. John Heinz III Fund Grant Program for Latin American Archaeology focused on the emergence of pre-state complexity, craft specialization, and provenance analysis in Nasca, Peru. He is now beginning a project in Peru focusing on ancient mining and mining communities.

      Positions at Purdue University

      2008 to present: Associate Professor

      2005 to 2008:     Assistant Professor

      Five Most Important Publications

      2006, K. Vaughn, Craft Production, Exchange, and Political Power in the Pre-Incaic Andes. Journal of Archaeological Research 14(4):313-344.

      2005, K. Vaughn. Crafts and the Materialization of Chiefly Power. In The Foundations of Power in the Prehispanic Andes, K. Vaughn, C. Conlee and D. Ogburn (eds.), pp. 113-130. Archeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association, Washington D.C., vol. 14.

      2004, K. Vaughn. Households, Crafts, and Feasting in the Ancient Andes: The Village Context of Early Nasca Craft Consumption. Latin American Antiquity 15(1):61-88.

      2004, K. Vaughn and H. Neff. Tracing the Clay Source of Nasca Polychrome Pottery: Results from a Preliminary Raw Material Survey. Journal of Archaeological Science 31(11):1577-1586.

      2000, K. Vaughn and H. Neff. Moving Beyond Iconography: Neutron Activation Analysis of Ceramics from Marcaya, Peru, an Early Nasca Domestic Site. Journal of Field Archaeology 27(1):75-90.

      Two Most Recent Publications

      2006, K. Vaughn and M. Linares, Three Thousand Years of Occupation in Upper Valley Nasca: Excavations at Upanca. Latin American Antiquity 17(4):595-612.

      2006, K. Vaughn, C. Conlee, H. Neff, and K. Schreiber, Ceramic Production in Ancient Nasca: Provenance Analysis of Pottery from the Early Nasca and Tiza Cultures through INAA. Journal of Archaeological Science 33(5):681-689.

      Extramural Grant Support

      2002-2005. Early Nasca Craft Economies. National Science Foundation Grant BCS-#0211307

      2002. Feasibility Study for Investigating Nasca Craft Economies. H. John Heinz III Fund Grant Program for Latin American Archaeology

      2001. University of Missouri Research Reactor. Visiting Research Scientist. Funded by National Science Foundation # SBR-9802366

      1998. University of Missouri Research Reactor. Reduced analytical charges through National Science Foundation # SBR-9503035 supported program

      1997. Household Dynamics in Ancient Peru: Prehistoric Processes of an Early Nasca Village. Fulbright-Hays Doctoral Dissertation Research Abroad Fellowship #P022A70041

      1997. Household Dynamics in Ancient Peru: Prehistoric Processes of an Early Nasca Village. Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research Small Grant #6227

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