The Art and Archaeology of the Upper Amazon Monograph Project


ACLS Fellowship Program


Sociology and Anthropology


Situated between the highland Andes and the Amazonian lowlands, the upper Amazon (or eastern Andes montane forest) has often been viewed as a cultural buffer zone that impeded interaction during the Pre-Columbian era. However, scholars are increasingly recognizing that not only was the upper Amazon a nexus for highland-lowland exchange, thereby influencing culture change but that the region was also home to early in-situ complex cultural developments. This project, through a comprehensive examination of the archaeological literature will result in a monograph that creates a new synthesis for the archaeology of the upper Amazon, illustrating the region’s rich cultural history while also demonstrating its importance to the development of social complexity in western South America.