I grew up in Doylestown, Pennsylvania and first became enamored with archaeology after reading The Source by another Doylestown native, James Michener. What struck me about The Source was the idea that material culture could tell a rich story about the lives of past peoples. I then attended Drew University in Madison, NJ where I earned a BA with specialized honors in anthropology. During my time at Drew and in the years after graduating I participated in field research in Egypt, Ecuador, Belize, and England. I also earned a living after graduation excavating for Cultural Resource Management firms throughout the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast US. When I enrolled in the graduate program in the Department of Anthropology at the University of California, Riverside my interests were split between Classic Maya archaeology and Andean archaeology. While at UC Riverside I had the privilege of studying with Wendy Ashmore, who was my dissertation advisor, Tom Patterson, and Karl Taube. In 2004 I traveled to Bolivia to join John Janusek on his project at the site of Khonkho Wankane located in the Lake Titicaca Basin region of the Andes mountain range. I fell in love with the archaeology of the region, the questions being asked and debated, and the process of working closely with the indigenous Aymara communities who live in this area. My dissertation examined ceremonial dynamics during the Late Formative (200 BC - AD 500) and Tiwanaku (AD 500 - 1100) periods at Khonkho Wankane using architectural, iconographic, and ceramic datasets. I completed my Ph.D. in 2009 and joined the faculty here at F&M in 2010.
Ph.D. and M.A., University of California, Riverside
B.A., Drew University
I am an anthropological archaeologist focused on the development of social complexity and the origins of inequality during the Formative and Tiwanaku periods in the prehistoric Lake Titicaca Basin of western Bolivia.
In Press Scott C. Smith, “Late Formative Period Spatial Organization at Khonkho Wankane, Bolivia.” In Advances in Titicaca Basin Archaeology II, edited by Elizabeth Klarich, Alexei Vranich, and Abigail Levine. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California Los Angeles, Los Angeles, CA.
2012 Scott C. Smith, “Generative Landscapes: The Step Mountain Motif in Tiwanaku Iconography.” Ancient America 12.
2011 Scott C. Smith, “Late Formative Architecture at Khonkho Wankane, Bolivia.” Nuevos Aportes, no.5:71-98 (Spanish).
2008 Scott C. Smith, “Basic Introduction to Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for Archaeology.” Sociedad de Arqueología de La Paz, La Paz, Bolivia. Available at http://www.arqueobolivia.com. (Spanish)
2002 Gair Tourtellot, Marc Wolf, Scott C. Smith, Kristin Gardella, and Norman Hammond, “Exploring Heaven on Earth: Testing the Cosmological Model at La Milpa, Belize.” Antiquity 76:633-634.
2013 “Early Ceremonialism at Khonkho Wankane, Bolivia.” With Maribel Pérez Arias. Paper presented at the Institute for Andean Studies, 53rd Annual Meeting, January 11 and 12, 2013, Berkeley, CA.
2011 “Ceremonialism and the Social Relations of Production during the Late Formative Period (200BC – AD500) in the Southern Lake Titicaca Basin, Bolivia.” Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology, 76th Annual Meeting, March 30-April 3, 2011, Sacramento, CA.
2010 “Iruhito: A Rural Riverside Community in the Tiwanaku Heartland.” With Adolfo Pérez Arias and Maribel Pérez Arias. Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology, 75th Annual Meeting, April 14-18, St. Louis, Missouri.
2009 “Venerable Geographies.” Invited presentation at Drew University, December 7th, Madison, New Jersey.
2009 “Experiencing Religion at Khonkho Wankane, Bolivia: Ceramics and Architecture at a Late Formative Period Ritual Center.” Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology, 74th Annual Meeting, April 22-26, Atlanta, Georgia.
2009 “Reconstruction of Architectural Change and its Applicability for Monumental Sites: Methods and Techniques.” Invited paper presented at the first annual UNESCO archaeological workshop at Tiwanaku, July 24-27, Tiwanaku, Bolivia. (Spanish)
2009 “Total Stations and Techniques for Mapping: Theory, Practice, and Applications.” Invited presentation at the first annual UNESCO archaeological workshop at Tiwanaku, July 24-27, Tiwanaku, Bolivia. (Spanish)
2007 “Constructing Ideological Relationships: Architecture at Khonkho Wankane, Bolivia.” Paper presented at the symposium El Centro Ceremonial de Khonkho Wankane: Investigaciones Recientes y Perspectivas Emergentes sponsored by the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Universidad Mayor de San Andrés and the Museo Nacional de Arqueología, June 22, La Paz, Bolivia. (Spanish)
2007 “Introduction to GIS.” Introductory presentation at the invited workshop Introducción Básica a GIS para Arqueología sponsored by the Sociedad de Arqueología de La Paz, May 30th, La Paz, Bolivia. (Spanish)
2007 “Spatial Practices and the Constitution of a Late Formative Built Environment: Architecture at Khonkho Wankane, Bolivia.” Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology, 72nd Annual Meeting, April 25-29, Austin, Texas.
2006 “Social Organization and Architectural Change at Khonkho Wankane.” Paper presented at the Sociedad de Arqueología de La Paz, First Annual Meeting, October 19-21, La Paz, Bolivia. (Spanish)
2006 “Architecture and Activities at Khonkho Wankane, Bolivia.” Paper presented at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Advanced Seminar Contending Visions of Tiwanaku, May 19-21, Los Angeles, California.
2006 “Social and Spatial Disjunction: Landscape, Politics, and Memory during the Late Formative at Khonkho Wankane, Bolivia.” With Arik Ohnstad and John Janusek. Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology, 71st Annual Meeting, April 26-30, San Juan, Puerto Rico.
2006 “Investigating Spatial Patterns at Khonkho Wankane, Bolivia.” Invited presentation to the Department of Anthropology, Vanderbilt University, March 17th, Nashville, Tennessee.
2005 “Topography and Architecture of Khonkho Wankane.” Invited presentation at the bi-national symposium Revalorando el Sitio de Khonkho Wankane, August 13th, Qhunqhu Liquiliqui, Bolivia. (Spanish)
2004 “Implementing GIS at Loma de los Cangrejitos, Ecuador.” Paper presented at the 24th Annual James C. Young Colloquium, February 7th, Riverside, California.
2003 “Moving Dirt: Platform Mound Construction and the Rise of Social Complexity at Loma de los Cangrejitos, Ecuador.” With Maria Masucci and Franklin Fuentes. Submitted for presentation at the Society for American Archaeology, 68th Annual Meeting, March 30th – April 3rd, Salt Lake City, Utah.
2003 “Mapping and Survey Methodology.” Invited presentation and workshop for the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Classics, Drew University, March 15th, Madison, New Jersey.
2002 “GIS Applications in Archaeology.” Invited presentation to the Department of Anthropology, Drew University, October 15th, Madison, New Jersey.
ANT102: Introduction to Archaeology
ANT271: People and Cultures of South America
ANT375: Comparing Ancient Civilizations
ANT172: Pyramids, Plazas, and Palaces
ANT372: Archaeology of Space and Place
ANT272: Andean Archaeology
ANT373: The Archaeology of Inequality
ANT411: Archaeological Methods