Tamara L. Bray
Tamara L. Bray
Research Interest/Area of Expertise
Andean archaeology; complex societies; Inca Empire; Ecuadorian archaeology; early imperialism and statecraft; food & feasting; art & iconography; materiality-sociality; museum studies
Education – Degrees, Licenses, Certifications
- Ph.D. SUNY-Binghamton 1991
Awards and Grants
2016 Marilyn Williamson Distinguished Faculty Fellowship Award, Humanities Center, Wayne State University
2016 Wenner-Gren Grant for Archaeological Research in Copacabana, Bolivia.
2012-2009 National Endowment for the Humanities Collaborative Research Award for Archaeological Investigations in Caranqui, Ecuador.
2013 Named Michigan Distinguished Professor of the Year by the Presidents’ Council of State Universities of Michigan.
2010 Recipient of WSU President’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.
- 2015 At the end of Empire: Imperial advances on the northern frontier. In The Inca Empire: A Multidisciplinary Approach to a Holistic Vision, I. Shimada (ed.), pp. 325-344. University of Texas Press, Austin.
- 2015 The Archaeology of Wak’as: Explorations of the Sacred in the Pre-Columbian Andes. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.
- 2014 Analytical applications of fine-scale terrestrial lidar at the imperial Inca site of Caranqui, northern highland Ecuador. World Archaeology 46(1):1-18. (co-authored with Boleslo E. Romero).
- 2013 Water, ritual and power in the Inca Empire. Latin American Antiquity 24(2):164-190.
- 2012 Ritual commensality between human and non-human persons: Investigating native ontologies in the late pre-Columbian Andean world. eTopoi. Journal for Ancient Studies (Berlin), on-line journal
- 2009 An archaeological perspective on the Andean concept of camaquen: Thinking through the objects of late pre-Columbian ofrendas and huacas. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 19(3):359-368.
- 2005 Archaeological investigations in northern highland Ecuador: The Pimampiro district as a multi-ethnic locale. Journal of Field Archaeology 30(2):119-141.
- 2003 Inca pottery as culinary equipment: Food, feasting and gender in imperial state design. Latin American Antiquity 17(1):1-22.
ANT 6555 Cultural Resource Management and Public Archaeology (W2017) 3 cr hrs
ANT 7625 Material Culture and the Meaning of Things (W2017) 3 cr hrs
- ANT 2500 Great Lakes Archaeology
- ANT 3200 Lost Cities and Ancient Civilizations (F16; 3 cr hrs)
- ANT 3220 Inca and Their Ancestors
- ANT 5270 Concepts and Techniques in Archaeology
- ANT 5600 Museum Studies (F16; 3 cr hrs)
- ANT 6555 Cultural Resource Management and Public Archaeology
- ANT 6999 Grant writing for the Social Sciences (W16; 3 cr hrs)
- ANT 7620 Seminar: Archaeology of Religion (W16; 3 cr hrs)
- ANT 7625 Material Culture and the Meaning of Things