Jerry Moore

Jerry Moore

College of Natural and Behavioral Sciences

Department of Anthropology




Ph.D. 1985 Doctor of Philosophy, University of California, Santa Barbara (Anthropology).

M.A. 1980 Master of Arts, University of California, Santa Barbara (Anthropology).

B.A. 1977 Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude,
California State College, Stanislaus (Anthropology)


ANT 102 Ancient Civilizations
ANT 313 Archaeological Methods and Techniques
ANT 342 Ethnography of South America
ANT 350 Prehistory of Africa and Eurasia
ANT 351 Prehistory of the Americas
ANT 388 Anthropological Theories of Behavior


Prehistoric Cultural Landscapes and Built Environments
Archaeology of Andean South America
Archaeology of Western North America


Books (*=peer-reviewed)

2021*Ancient Andean Houses: Making, Inhabiting, Studying.  University Press of Florida.
2018Visions of Culture: An Introduction to Anthropological Theories and Theorists. Expanded 5thEdition.Altamira/Rowman and Littlefield Press.
2017*Incidence of Travel: Recent Journeys in Ancient South America. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.
2014*A Prehistory of South America: Ancient Cultural Diversity of the Least Known Continent. University Press of Colorado, Boulder. Forthcoming Articles
2012*The Prehistory of Home. University of California Press, Berkeley.
2005*Cultural Landscapes in the Prehispanic Andes: Archaeologies of Place. University Press of Florida.
1996*Architecture and Power in the Prehispanic Andes: The Archaeology of Public Buildings.  Cambridge University Press.


Edited Volumes

2018Visions of Culture: An Annotated Reader.  2nd expanded and revised edition; annotated with an Introduction.  Altamira/Rowman and LittlefieldPress.
2010La Prehistoria de Baja California: Avances en la Arqueología de la Península Olvidada.Second editor with Don Laylander and Julia Bendímez Patterson. Centro INAH-Baja California, Mexicali.
2006The Prehistory of Baja California: Advances in the Archaeology of the Forgotten Peninsula.Edited by Don Laylander and Jerry Moore. University Press of Florida. Gainesville. A 2007 Choice Distinguished Book

Articles (*=peer-reviewed)

2019Haciendo una huaca: memoria y praxis en el extremo norte del Perú prehispánico.  En Lugares, monumentos, Ancestros: Arqueolgías de paisajes andinos y lejanos, edited by Luis Flores Blanco, pp. 137-157.  Translated by Luis Flores Blanco. Avqui Ediciones, Los Olivos, Peru.
2018*The multivalent mollusk:  Spondylus, ritual, and politics in the prehispanic Andes.In Religion and Politics in the Ancient Americas, edited by Sarah Barber and Arthur Joyce, pp. 256-283. Routledge, London.
2017“Foreword.”The Archaeology of Night, edited by Nancy Gonlin and April Powell, xvii-xviii.  University Press of Colorado, Boulder.
2017*Rituals of the Past: Final Comments.  In Rituals of the Past: Prehispanic and Colonial Case Studies in Andean Archaeology, edited by Silvana A. Rosenfeld and Stefanie L. Bautista, pp. 295-311. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.
2017*“Ethnoarchaeology and Archaeology of Vernacular Architecture in the Department of Tumbes, Perú.”In Vernacular Architecture of the Pre-Columbian Americas, edited by Christina T. Halperin and Lauren Schwartz, pp. 25-46.Routledge, London.
2016*“Spondylus and the Inka Empire on the Far North Coast of Peru:  Recent Excavations at the Taller Conchales, Cabeza de Vaca, Tumbes.”  In Making Value, Making Meaning: Techné in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and Andean South America, edited by Cathy Costin, pp. 221-251.  Senior author with Carolina Maria Vilchez; Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C.
2014*“Ancient Plazas: Spaces of Inquiry in Mesoamerica and Beyond,” in Mesoamerican Plazas: Arenas of Community Building and Power Negotiation, edited by Kenichiro Tsukamoto and Takeshi Inomata, pp. 211-221.  University of Arizona Press, Tucson.
2010*Making a Huaca: Memory and Praxis in Prehispanic Far Northern Peru.  Journal of Social Archaeology, 10 (3):531-555.
2010*Architecture, Settlement and Formative Developments in the Equatorial Andes: New Discoveries in the Department of Tumbes, Peru. Latin American Antiquity, 21 (2):147-172.
2008El Periodo Intermedio Tardío en el Departamento de Tumbes.  Revista del Museo de Antropología, Arqueología e Historia, Universidad Nacional de Trujillo, Perú. tomo 10:155-175.
2008The Chimú. In The Handbook of South American Archaeology, edited by H. Silverman and W. Isbell, pp.   Senior author with Carol Mackey. Springer/Plenum/Kluwer, New York.
2006*Copper metallurgy in a prehistoric household, Casma Valley, Peru.  Ñawpa Pacha28:141-149.
2006*The San Quintín – El Rosario Region.  In The Prehistory of  Baja California: Advances in the Archaeology of the Forgotten Peninsula, edited by Don Laylander and Jerry Moore, pp. 179-195. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.
2006*“The Indians Were Much Given to Their Taquis”: Drumming and Generative Categories in Ancient Andean Funerary Processions.  In Archaeology of Performance: Theaters of Power, Community, and Politics, edited by T. Inomata and L. Coben, pp. 47-69. Altamira Press/Rowman and Littlefield, Lanham, MD.
2005*Extensive Prehistoric Settlement Systems in Northern Baja California: Archaeological Data and Theoretical Implications from the San Quintín – El Rosario Region. Pacific Coast Archaeological Survey Quarterly 37 (4): 30-52. (Volume date is 2001).
2004*The Social Basis of Sacred Spaces in the Prehispanic Andes: Ritual Landscapes of the Dead in Chimú and Inka Societies.  Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory11(1):83-124.
2003*Archaeology in Search of Architecture. Theory and Practice in Mediterranean Archaeology: Old World and New World Perspectives, edited by John Papadpoulos and Richard Leventhal, pp. 235-246. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles.
1999*Archaeology in the Forgotten Peninsula: Prehistoric Settlement and Subsistence Strategies in Northern Baja California.  Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 21 (1):17-44.
1996*The Archaeology of Plazas and the Proxemics of Ritual: Three Andean Traditions.  American Anthropologist 98 (4):789-802.
1995*The Archaeology of Dual Organization in Andean South America: A Theoretical Review and Case Study.  Latin American Antiquity  6(2):165-181.
1992*Pattern and Meaning in Prehistoric Peruvian Architecture:  The Architecture of Social Control in the Chimú State.  Latin American Antiquity 3:95-113.
1992*"I Solemnly Baptize": Religious Conversion and Native Demography in Northern Baja California.  Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology 14 (2) 201-215.  Senior author with M. Norton.
1991*Cultural Responses to Environmental Catastrophes: Post-El Niño Subsistence on the Prehistoric North Coast of Peru.  Latin American Antiquity 2:27-47.
1991*Cherished Are the Dead:  Changing Social Dimensions in a Kansas Cemetery.  Plains Anthropologist 36:67-78.  (Senior author with C. Blaker and G. Smith.)
1990*Perishable Structures and Serial Dwellings from Coastal Chiapas:  Implications for the Archaeology of Households.  Ancient Mesoamerica 1 (2):207-214.  (Senior author with J. Gasco.)
1989*Prehispanic Beer in Coastal Peru:  Technology and Social Context of Prehistoric Production.  American Anthropologist 91:682-695.
1988*Prehispanic Raised Field Agriculture in the Casma Valley: Recent Data, New Hypotheses.  Journal of Field Archaeology 15: 265-276.
1987*A Late Prehistoric Homestead from the Santa Barbara Coast.  Journal of California and Great Basin Anthropology, vol. 9, pp. 100-109.
1981*Chimú socio-economic organization:  preliminary data from Manchan, Casma Valley, Peru.  Ñawpa Pacha 19:115-128.



Member:  American Anthropological Association, Society for American Archaeology, Institute for Andean Studies, Register of Professional Archaeologists, Registro Nacional de Arqueólogos (Perú)

Research Projects

CSUDH Baja Research Project

Proyecto Arqueológico Tumbes