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Kylie Quave

Kylie Quave
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General Interests
Kylie uses archaeology and ethnohistory to reconstruct state development and its impacts on people’s lives. Her interests lie in understanding how states and empires in prehistory and recent history organize their economies and use their constituents to uphold social inequalities. Kylie’s research focuses on ancient domestic economies, how they articulate with larger political economies in states, and what that tells us about community cooperation and resistance to imperial rule. She currently carries out this research in highland Peru, focusing on the pre-Inca to Spanish Colonial periods (c. 1000-1700 CE). Her dissertation was a study of forcibly migrated retainer populations serving Inca nobles near the imperial capital (Maras, Cuzco), and sought to understand how labor was coerced through multiple strategies. Recently, she has directed two postdoctoral excavation research projects: the first was a study of households within a neighboring community (Anta, Cuzco) allied with the Inca, to contrast migrant experiences with those of cooperative locals. The second is an ongoing study of a rival to the burgeoning Inca state that occupied the Maras region prior to the establishment of the retainer settlement.

Kylie applies her research interests to better understanding human prehistory and history in the classroom, with relevant connections drawn to the real world. She challenges students to use the archaeological past as a harbinger of what’s to come and as a critical study of how we interpret our present. Kylie is teaching courses on the overview of human prehistory, introductory cultural anthropology, ancient American art and architecture, imperialism and colonialism, identity in Latin America, anthropological research methods, and quantitative methods. She emphasizes student training in her Peruvian projects, co-publishes and co-presents work with students, and encourages independent research.

Professor at Beloit Since: 2013

Ph.D., Anthropology. 2012. Southern Methodist University.
M.A., Anthropology. 2008. Southern Methodist University.
B.A., Art History. 2005. Emory University.

Teaching Philosophy
Kylie believes that studying and practicing anthropology are essential to becoming a better global citizen. Archaeology and anthropology in the undergraduate classroom are ideal avenues through which to approach tough questions about the world from an informed perspective and are well-positioned for active, engaged learning that can be applied beyond the liberal arts education. Inside and outside the classroom, Kylie urges students to find lessons in the past and in societies different from our own in order to confront challenging problems in our world.

Check out Prof. Quave's students' recent projects in public anthropology.

Selected Professional Accomplishments

2014-2016 Postdoctoral Fellow at the Logan Museum of Anthropology.

2014-2016 National Geographic Society Committee for Research & Exploration Grant. "Archaeological Investigations of an Early Inca State Conquest (Maras, Cuzco, Peru)." $15,527.

2015-2016 Curtiss T. & Mary G. Brennan Foundation, Program in Support of Archaeological Field Research in the Development of Early Civilizations. “Archaeological Investigations of an Early Inca State Conquest (Maras, Cuzco, Peru).” $5,000.

2011-2012 Dissertation Writing Fellowship. SMU Graduate Dean.

2009-2011 National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant (co-PI). “Inka Estate Administration in the Imperial Heartland (Maras, Cuzco, Peru).” $15,000. Principal Investigator: R. Alan Covey.

2009-2010 U.S. Student Fulbright IIE Fellowship to Peru.

2009-2010 National Geographic Society Young Explorers Grant. “Archaeological investigations of a royal estate and its administration in Maras (Cuzco, Peru).” $4,876.  

Selected Publications
Accepted (n.d.). Covey, R. Alan & K. QUAVE. “The Economic Transformation of the Inca Heartland (Cuzco, Peru) in the Late Sixteenth Century.” Comparative Studies in Society and History

Accepted (n.d.). Kennedy, S., & K. QUAVE. “La identificación de contextos domésticos inkas por micro-artefactos.” Revista Andes

Accepted (n.d.). QUAVE, K. “Royal Estates and Imperial Centers in the Cuzco Region.” The Oxford Handbook of the Inca, edited by Sonia Alconini and R. Alan Covey. Oxford University Press.

2016. Quave, K. & Nicolette Meister. “Assessing the Impact of Curricular Collections Use at a Liberal Arts College.” Museum Management and Curatorship. 18 pp. Online first:

2016 Covey, R. Alan, K. Quave, & Catherine E. Covey. “Inca Storage Systems in the Imperial Heartland (Cuzco, Peru): Risk Management, Economic Growth, and Political Economy.” In Storage in Ancient Complex Societies: Administration, Organization, and Control, pp. 167-188. Edited by Linda R. Manzanilla and Mitchell S. Rothman. Left Coast Press/Routledge, Walnut Creek, CA.

2015 Bauer, Brian S., Miriam Aráoz Silva, and K. Quave.  “The Yurak Rumi Shrine Complex.”  In Vilcabamba and the Archaeology of Inca Resistance, pp. 42-75. Edited by B. S. Bauer, J. Fonseca Santa Cruz, and M. Aráoz Silva. The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Press, Los Angeles.

2015 Quave, K. and R. Alan Covey. “The Material Remains of Inca Power among Imperial Heartland Communities.” Tribus, Jahrbuch des Linden-Museums StuttgartSpecial Edition: 110-127.

2015 Quave, K.  “Archaeology, Cuzco.”  In Encyclopedia of the Incas, pp. 32-37. Edited by Gary Urton and Adriana von Hagen. Altamira Press, Lanham, MD.

2014 Quave, K. “Reconstructing Colonial Migration and Resettlement in the Cuzco Region.” In Regional Archaeology in the Inca Heartland: The Hanan Cuzco Surveys, pp. 193-212. Edited by R. Alan Covey. Studies in Latin American Ethnohistory & Archaeology, edited by Joyce Marcus, Memoir 55, Volume X. University of Michigan Museum of Anthropology, Ann Arbor.

2013 Quave, K., René Pilco Vargas, & Stephanie Pierce Terry. “Las tierras reales del inca como economía noble: viviendas y obras de Cheqoq (Maras, Cuzco)” [Inka royal estates as noble economy: household and labor at Cheqoq]. In Investigaciones arqueológicas y antropológicas en los andes sud-centrales: Historia, cultura y sociedad [Archaeological and Anthropological Research in the south-central Andes: History, culture, and society], pp. 110-145. Edited by Danielle S. Kurin and Enmanuel Gómez Choque. Fondo Editorial de la Dirección de Investigación, Creación Intelectual y Artística Universidad Nacional José María Arguedas, Andahuaylas, Apurímac, Perú.

2013 Quave, K. and Brian S. Bauer. “Machu Picchu und die königlichen landsitze der region Cuzco [Machu Picchu and the Royal Estates of the Cuzco Region].” In Inka: Könige der Anden [Inka: Kings of the Andes], pp. 96-113. Edited by Doris Kurella and Inés de Castro. Linden-Museum Stuttgart Staatliches Museum für Völkerkunde. Verlag Philipp von Zabern, Darmstadt/Mainz, Germany.       

2009 Quave, K. “Confronting Anomaly in the Khipu Structure: Cultural and individual variations from two museum collections.”  In Las IV Actas de las Jornadas Internacionales sobre Textiles Precolombinos [Proceedings of the 4th International Pre-columbian Textile Conference], pp. 241-51. Edited by Victoria Solanilla. Universidad Autónoma de Barcelona, Spain.

2015  Quave, K. Book Review of The Inka Empire: A Multidisciplinary Approach, edited by Izumi Shimada. University of Texas Press, Austin, 2015. Journal of Anthropological Research 71(4): 594-595.

2014 Quave, K. Book Review of Mining and Quarrying in the Ancient Andes: Sociopolitical, Economic, and Symbolic Dimensions, edited by Nicholas Tripcevich and Kevin J. Vaughn. Interdisciplinary Contributions to Archaeology. New York: Springer, 2013. Lithic Technology 39(1):72-75.

2014 Quave, K. Book Review of Cusco: Urbanism and Archaeology in the Inka World (Ancient Cities of the New World), by Ian Farrington. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, 2013.  Journal of Anthropological Research 70(2):294-296.

Selected Presentations
2016  “Revealing Pre-Columbian Bundles: Collaborative Student-Faculty Research at the Logan Museum of Anthropology, Beloit College.” Paper presented at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. Organized symposium sponsored by the Fiber Perishables Interest Group and the Committee for Museums, Collections, and Curation: Excavating the Museum: New Research on Old Collections, by Maxine McBrinn and Laurie Webster.

2016  (Covey, R. Alan & K. Quave). “Multiscalar Analysis of an Early Rival to Inca Power.” Paper presented at the 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. Organized symposium: Framing the Local within the Regional: Current Research in the Cusco Region, Peru,” by Maeve Skidmore and Kylie Quave.

2014 (R. Alan Covey and K. Quave). “Inka State Canons in Local Communities in the Imperial Heartland (Cusco, Peru).” Paper presented at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Austin, Texas. Organized symposium: Provincial Uses of Inka Material Culture, by Sofia Chacaltana and Colleen Zori.

2014 (K. Quave and R. Alan Covey). “Local Communities and Inca State Development in the Imperial Heartland.” Paper presented at the New Perspectives on the Inca Symposium, Linden-Museum Stuttgart, Germany. 

2014 (Jessica Ritenhouse and K. Quave). “Faunal Remains from Two Heartland Inka Sites.” Poster presented at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Austin.

2012 (Gabriela C. Bertone, Li Jing Na, K. Quave, and Paula Espósito). “La cocina Inca en los afueras de Cusco. Primeros resultados sobre investigación arqueobotánica en el sitio Cheqoq-Maras, Cusco [Inca cooking on the periphery of Cusco. First results of archaeobotanical research at Cheqoq-Maras].” Paper presented at Los incas, propuestas y debates interdisciplinarios [Interdisciplinary proposals and debates on the Incas], organized by the Museo de Historia Natural de la Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos, Lima, Peru.

2012 “Economía doméstica y las tierras reales del inca: investigaciones en Cheqoq-Maras (Urubamba, Cuzco) [Domestic economy and Inka royal estates: Research at Cheqoq-Maras]." Paper presented at the Conferencia sobre Arqeuología Andina de COARPE [Conference on Andean Archaeology], organized by the Colegia de Arqueólogos del Perú – Región Sur Este [College of Peruvian Archaeologists], Cuzco, Peru.

2012 (K. Quave, Gabriela C. Bertone, Li Jing Na, and Paula Espósito). “Royal Maize, Common Cuy? Authority and Identity on the Inka Royal Estate (Cuzco, Peru).” Paper presented at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Memphis. Organized symposium: Beyond Eating: Food and Meaning in the New World, by Stacy Dunn. 

2012 (Sarah Kennedy, Maeve Skidmore, and K. Quave). “A Comparison of Middle Horizon Herding and Diet from Two Settlements in the Cuzco Region, Peru.” Poster presented at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Memphis.

2011 (K. Quave, René Pilco Vargas, and Stephanie Pierce Terry). “Administration and production on the Inka estate within the imperial heartland (Maras, Cuzco, Peru).” Paper presented at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Sacramento. Organized symposium: Domestic Responses, Challenges, and Cooperation in Andean State Development, by Kylie Quave and Maeve Skidmore.

2011 (Sarah Kennedy and K. Quave). “Identifying Inka Domestic Contexts in the Absence of Surface Architecture.” Poster presented at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Sacramento.

2011 (Matthew Weitkamp and K. Quave).  “Evaluating Inka Pottery Production through Horizontal Excavation (Cuzco, Peru).” Poster presented at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Sacramento.

2010 “Almacenaje, producción alfarera y las tierras reales del inka (Cheqoq, Maras, Urubamba) [Storage, ceramic production, and the Inka royal estate].” Paper presented at the I Conferencia del Instituto de Investigación Científico Andino del Cuzco [First Conference of the Andean Scientific Research Institute of Cuzco], Cuzco, Peru.

2009 (K. Quave and René Pilco Vargas). "Tierras reales del inca: administración de un complejo de qollqas en Maras, Cuzco [The Inka royal estate: administration of a qollqa complex in Maras, Cuzco]. " Paper presented at the Primer Simposio de Nuevos Enfoques de la Cultural Regional y Nacional [First Symposium of New Regional and National Cultural Foci], Andahuaylas, Peru.

2008 (K. Quave and R. Alan Covey).  “La reconstrucción de jerarquías políticas y económicas en el área nuclear del imperio incaico.” [Reconstructing Political and Economic Hierarchies in the Inka Imperial Heartland] Paper presented at the conference La Herencia Incaica en la Ingeniería Civil [The Inka Legacy in Civil Engineering].  Universidad Nacional San Antonio Abad del Cuzco, Cuzco, Peru.

2008 (K. Quave and R. Alan Covey). “Reconstructing Political and Economic Hierarchies in the Inka Imperial Heartland (Cuzco, Peru).”  Paper presented at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, Canada. Organized symposium: Circa 1530: Integrating Archaeology and Ethnohistory in the Andes, by Joanne Pillsbury.

Field Work
Ongoing archaeological and ethnohistorical study of Inca state development in Cuzco, Peru. Cheqoq Archaeological Research Project 2009-present, Ak’awillay Archaeological Research Project 2012-present, Yunkaray Archaeological Research Project 2014-present. 

Professional Service
Advisory Editorial Committee. Qhelqana: Revista Electrónica de Arqueología (Electronic Journal of Archaeology). 2015-present.

Reviewer for National Geographic Society Committee for Research and Exploration

Advisory Board Member-at-Large for the Institute of Andean Scientific Research, Cuzco. 2010-2011.