The Cosma Field Team

Co-Project Director: Kimberly Munro


Kimberly Munro is a PhD student at Louisiana State University. She is pursuing interests in coastal/highland interactions in central Peru, social memory and persistence, and pilgrimage and ritual. She received her B.A. in Anthropology and Religious Studies, as well as her M.S. in Geographic Information Sciences (GIS) from Florida State University.  Kimberly has seven years of Cultural Resources Management (CRM) experience working for the United States Forest Service and the National Park Service.  She also has spent six field seasons in the Andes, primarily on the north coast of Peru, and the Peruvian central highlands. Kimberly has worked as an instructor both in the field and in the classroom and is excited to be getting started and working with a new batch of students in the field. She will be leading field excavations, conducting bi-weekly lectures on the prehistory of Peru, and be a joint GIS and mapping instructor during the field season.

Co-Project Director: Jeisen Navarro Vega


Jeisen Navarro has 20 years of experience working in northern Peru and is a member of the Registro Nacional de Arqueológos del Perú (RNA). He has co-directed dozens of projects and was most recently co-director of the Samanco archaeological project in the Coastal Nepeña Valley.


ChicoineProject Advisor: Dr. David Chicoine

Dr. David Chicoine is an Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University. He earned his PhD from the University of East Anglia in 2007. Chicoine has over 10 years of experience working on the Peruvian north coast and has a long term research project at the site of Caylán, in the lower Nepeña Valley. His research has focused on the design and use of architectural spaces, modes of social interactions, foodways, funerary practices, visual arts, religious symbolism, and marine exploitation. Dr. Chicoine will be advising on the project, and all university credits for the field school will be offered and overseen by him. For more information on The Caylán Project Click Here


Mapping and GIS Instructor: Craig Dengel 

Craig Dengel is a PhD student at Louisiana State University. His main research interests lie in the prehistoric Southeastern United States and his dissertation focuses on Middle Woodland (100 AD-700 AD) shell middens. He has four seasons of field experience in northern Peru and the central highlands. He has an M.S. in GIS from Florida State University, and a B.A. in anthropology from Metropolitan State University in Denver. Craig has 6 years of mapping and excavation experience in the Southeast, and will be leading the mapping crew in Cosma. He will also be a joint GIS instructor during the field season.


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