Anna Guengerich

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Seibert Humanities 100 C


  • Ph.D., Anthropology (Archaeology), University of Chicago
  • M.A., Anthropology, University of Chicago
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of Chicago

Courses taught

  • Andean Civilizations
  • Archaeology and Architecture
  • Archaeology of Food (Winter Term)
  • Archaeology of the Environment
  • Archaeology of the U.S. Southeast
  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Introduction to Latin American Area Studies

Research interests

Professor Guengerich is an archaeologist whose research explores how human beings relate to the places and spaces around them, including the architecture that they build and the natural environments that they modify and use. She directs ongoing research in the Chachapoyas region of Amazonian Peru, exploring how peoples’ relationship to cloud forest environments changed over time, particularly following conquest by the Inka Empire in 1450AD. Professor Guengerich also has studied monumental sculpture in the Tiwanaku civilization (500-1000CE) and is also interested in visual media in archaeology (comics, graphic novels, film), and in sustainable tourism and community development.


  • 2022 – John W. Janusek and Anna Guengerich.  “Living landscapes of night in Tiwanaku, Bolivia.”  In N. Gonlin and A. Nowell (eds.), Archaeologies of Night.  University of Colorado Press
  • 2021 – John W. Janusek and Anna Guengerich.  “Living landscapes of night in Tiwanaku, Bolivia.”  In N. Gonlin and A. Nowell (eds.), Archaeologies of Night.  University of Colorado Press.
  • 2020 – Anna Guengerich and John W. Janusek.  “The Suñawa Monolith and a genre of extended-arm sculptures at Tiwanaku.”  Ñawpa Pacha
  • 2020Anna Guengerich and Stephen Berquist.  “Earthen terrace technologies and environmental adaptation in the montane forests of Pre-Columbian Northeastern Peru.”  Journal of Field Archaeology 45(3):153-169.
  • 2018“The view from the top: the materiality of mountainscapes and the re-creation of society in the Andean Late Intermediate Period.”   In J. Jennings and E. Swenson (eds.), Powerful Places of the Ancient Andes.  University of New Mexico Press.
  • 2017 – “Domestic architecture and the materiality of public-making in pre-Columbian Eastern Peru.”  Journal of Social Archaeology 17(3):263-284.
  • 2017Anna Guengerich and Warren Church.  ¿Qué fue Chachapoyas? Aproximaciones interdisciplinarias en el estudio de los Andes Nororientales, Boletín de Arqueología, Tomo XXIII.  Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Lima.
  • 2015“Settlement organization and architecture in Late Intermediate Period Chachapoyas, Northeastern Peru.”   Latin American Antiquity 26(3):362-381.
  • 2014“The architect’s signature: the social production of a residential landscape at Monte Viudo, Chachapoyas, Peru.”  Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 34:1-16.