LACUSL Speaker Series: “Pre-Columbian Peruvian Suburbs: An Archaeology of Satellite Settlements and Urbanization”

Tuesday, November 27, 2018
3:20 pm, AGSL, Golda Meir Library (3rd floor)
Dr. David Pacifico, Director of the Emile H. Mathis Art Gallery and UWM Art Collection-Department of Art History, UWM
“Pre-Columbian Peruvian Suburbs: An Archaeology of Satellite Settlements and Urbanization”

The pre-Columbian Casma State dominated over 300km of the North Coast of Peru in the early second millennium AD. Following years of research at the Casma capital El Purgatorio, David Pacifico presents recent and future research plans for exploring smaller settlements in the Casma heartland. Pacifico’s research includes pedestrian survey, collaborative GIS analysis, and future field archaeology in El Purgatorio’s hinterland. Together, these research strategies will help us better understand the processes of urban growth, fluorescence, and abandonment from the perspective of everyday life, residential spaces, and domestic practices of pre-Columbian commoners.

Free and open to the public
For more information, contact César Ferreira ( and Sarah Davies-Córdova (

About our Speaker Series

This year’s LACUSL Speaker Series honors Professor Howard Handelman’s (UWM professor 1970-2006) lifelong contributions to learning and promoting the study of Latin America and the Caribbean.

The LACUSL Speaker Series brings together scholars, professionals, and students working in Latin American, Caribbean, and U.S. Latinx Studies to discuss research, teaching, culture, current events, and other topics of interest to students, faculty, staff, and community members. The Speaker Series is interdisciplinary, and draws on the expertise of faculty and graduate students in the natural sciences, social sciences, humanities, and the professional schools. All events are free and open to the public.

Sponsored by the major in Latin American, Caribbean and U.S. Latin@ Studies