Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Tulane Anthropology Colloquium Series to host Tiffiny A. Tung for talk on the bioarchaeology of Peru

March 29th, 2019
3:30 PM

Dinwidde Hall Room 103
Tulane University
New Orleans, LA

The 2018-2019 Tulane Anthropology colloquium series An Exploration of Power Through Practice, will continue on Friday, March 29, 3:30 PM. Join us in welcoming Dr. Tiffiny A. Tung who will present her research in a talk titled A Bioarchaeological Inquiry into Climate Change and Political Decline in the Peruvian Andes.

Dr. Tung is an associate professor at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee. She is a bioarchaeologist who examines mummies and skeletons from archaeological contexts to evaluate the health and disease status of ancient populations from the Peruvian Andes. Her primary research focuses on the bioarchaeology of imperialism, which includes the study of paleopathology and violence-related trauma to elucidate the impact of imperialism on community health and lifeways and individual life histories. Her ongoing research in the Peruvian Andes examines how Wari imperial structures (AD 600 – 1000) affected, and were affected by, heartland and hinterland communities, documenting such things as diet and disease, migration patterns, body modification practices, rates of violence, and specific kinds of culturally mediated violence (e.g., warfare, ritual fighting, corporeal punishment, domestic violence).

Some of her articles include: Dismembering Bodies for Display: A Bioarchaeological Study of Trophy Heads from the Wari Site of Conchopata, Peru (American Jrnl of Physical Anthropology, 2008); Trauma and Violence in the Wari Empire of the Peruvian Andes: Warfare, Raids, and Ritual Fights (American Jrnl of Physical Anthropology, 2007); The Village of Beringa at the Periphery of the Wari Empire: A Site Overview and New Radiocarbon Dates (Andean Past, Vol. 8); Intermediate Elite Agency in the Wari Empire: The Bioarchaeological and Mortuary Evidence (T. Tung and A. Cook) in the volume, Intermediate Elites (University of Arizona Press, 2006).

The colloquium is free and open to the public.

The Tulane Anthropology Student Association is the graduate student organization whose year-long representatives serve as liaisons between the anthropology faculty and student populations. TASA representatives also organize the colloquium series. Colloquia are held in the first floor of Dinwiddie Hall and provide a venue for upper level graduate students, faculty members and outside scholars to present and discuss their anthropologically-themed research. TASA representatives also attend Graduate School Student Association (GSSA) as well as Graduate and Professional School Association (GAPSA) meetings and participate in the decisions made by these overarching Tulane graduate student organizations.

Andes + People
Sonya Wohletz
Ph.D. Candidate