Dr. Carla Hernández Garavito

Assistant Professor


Office: 117 Piccolo Building

Phone: 336.758.5469

Email: hernanca@nullwfu.edu

Dr. Carla Hernández Garavito (Ph.D., Vanderbilt University, 2019) is a Peruvian anthropological archaeologist investigating transformations of community identity in the Central Andes through successive colonization by the Inka (1450-1532 CE) and Spanish (1532-1821 CE) Empires. She has conducted research in the Peruvian North Coast and Cusco, but her main research area is Huarochirí, in the highlands of Lima. Besides archaeology, Dr. Hernández Garavito is particularly interested in the use of historical and archival sources on archaeological research. She connects her archaeological and historical interests through spatial modeling.

Dr. Hernández Garavito’s current project, Crafting, Gender, and Resistance: An Archaeological Study of the Potters of Huarochirí, investigates the pre-Hispanic and colonial period history of the region of Santo Domingo de los Olleros, a known pottery manufacture hub in colonial and modern times. Her work explores the shift of a specific productive and commercial activity from a generalized craft to being associated with female gender roles, and the impact of specialization on indigenous definitions of gender and ethnic identity. In her work, Dr. Hernández Garavito uses an interdisciplinary approach, including photogrammetry, archival research, archaeological ethnography, spatial modeling, intrasite survey, excavation, and compositional ceramic analysis.

  • Research and Scholarly Activities



      Book Chapters

    • Wernke, Steven A., Gabriela Oré, Carla Hernández, Aurelio Rodríguez, Abel Traslaviña and Giancarlo Marcone. Beyond the Basemap: Multiscalar Survey through Aerial Photogrammetry in the Andes. InMobilizing the Past for a Digital Future, Digital Press at the University of North Dakota, 2016
    • Hernández, Carla and Gabriela Oré. Aproximaciones a los procesos de abandono del Complejo Maranga en los Periodos Tardíos. In: Arqueología Peruana Homenaje a Mercedes Cárdenas. Lima: Instituto Riva – Agüero, 2011
    • Makowski, Krzysztof and Carla Hernández. Las Casas del Sapan Inca In: Señores de los Imperios del Sol. Colección Arte y Tesoros del Perú. Lima: Banco de Crédito del Perú, 2010

      Conference Proceedings

    • Forthcoming: Negociaciones Inscritas en Roca: Montañas, Afloramientos Rocosos, e Identidad en Huarochirí, In: Actas del Simposio Internacional “Paisaje y Territorio. Practicas Sociales e Interacciones Regionales en los Andes Centrales,” Editorial Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, 2021

    Selected Awards and Fellowships

    • 2019-2020 – Chancellor’s Postdoctoral Fellow, University of California, Riverside
    • 2018-2019 – Junior Fellow of Pre-Columbian Studies, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C.
    • 2016-2017 – Mellon Graduate Fellow in the Center for Digital Humanities, Vanderbilt University
    • 2015-2016 – National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant
    • 2015-2016 – Wenner Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant
    • 2011-2016 – University Graduate Fellowship (Topping Award), Vanderbilt University
    • 2011 – Annual Faculty Research Grant, Pontifical Catholic University of Peru

    Invited Talks

    • 2021 – The Relaciones Geográficas de Indias as Negotiated Space, Department of Anthropology, Arch/Bio Lunch Talk Series, University of California, Santa Cruz
    • 2020 – Crafting, Community, and Gender: Pots and Potters in Santo Domingo de los Olleros (Huarochirí, Peri), Department of Anthropology, University of California, Merced
    • 2020 – Producing Legibility: Wak’as, Plazas, and Ritual Landscapes in Huarochirí (Lima, Peru), Winter Lecture Series, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Riverside
    • 2020 – Constructing History: the Inka and Spanish Empires through the Archaeology of the Huarochirí Manuscript (circa 1608), Latin American Studies Center, University of California, Irvine
    • 2020 – Wak’as, Plazas, and Conquest: The Children of Pariaqaqa and the Inka Empire (Huarochirí, Peru), Keynote Public Lecture at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Institute for Andean Studies, Berkeley, California
    • 2019 – From Wak’a to Plaza: Ritual Landscapes in Huarochirí, Fall Pizza Talks, UCLA
    • 2019 – Houses, Memory and Community: Life Under the Inka Empire in Huarochirí (Lima, Peru), Archaeology Center Lunch Club Lecture Series, Stanford University
    • 2019 – Experiencing Community: Residential Life Under the Inka Empire in Huarochirí (Lima, Peru), 920 Lecture Series, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley
    • 2019 – Cultural Legibility and the Provincial Inca Empire: Subjugation of the Inca in Local Memory and Ritual in Huarochirí, Andean Working Group, Harvard University
    • 2016 – Sharing the Stage: Negotiating Spaces and Cultural Practices between Lurin Yauyos and Inkas, Qhapaq Ñan Project, Peruvian Cultural Ministry, Lima, Peru
  • Teaching and Student Engagement

    Dr. Hernández Garavito welcomes the opportunity to work with students interested on Latin American archaeology and ethnohistory, Indigenous empires, Colonialism, Evangelization, Ritual, Landscape Archaeology, Communal practices and community formation, Craft as a form of political resistance, Construction of gender roles, Archaeometry, Spatial modeling, and Digital humanities.

    Dr. Hernández Garavito’s courses are usually cross-listed with the Latin American Studies minor, or with the Cultural Heritage and Preservation program.

    Collaboration with Students

    Josh Milon – URECA-X Academic Year Exploration Award, Spring 2021


    ANT 112 Introduction to Archaeology

    This course provides students with an understanding of archaeology as a field of study. We discuss how archaeologists know the things they know. In other words, students learn about archaeological thought, the methodological toolkit, and how we build our interpretations. Once we cover this ground, we discuss important issues for archaeology today: Who is the subject of human history? Who talks about the past? How identifying this subject impacted the way we speak of the past? Conversely, can archaeology help us talk about the present? Through class lectures and activities, we question how we, the public, consume the “great discoveries” of archeology and who are the “unseen people” of the archaeological past. We discuss examples from around the world, with a more targeted focus in the Americas.

    ANT 385 Special Problems Seminar: Experiences of Empire and Colonialism in Latin America

    This class investigates the origins, institutions, experiences, and, ultimately, resistance to colonialism in Spanish Latin America from an archaeological and ethnohistoric perspective. We focus on three specific forms of imperialism: the Inka in the Central Andes, the Aztecs in Central America, and the Spanish as part of the European expansion over the rest of the world. Within this context, we pay special attention to the role, agency, and impact of material culture in the process of empire-building, colonialism, and decolonization. This class investigates how experiences and portrayals of colonialism influence archaeological research and interpretation from a decolonial perspective.

  • University Service

    Core Faculty, Cultural Heritage and Preservation Studies

    Steering Committee, Latin-American and Latino Studies