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I received my BA from the University of Virginia in 2009 in the History of Art and Anthropology. I have conducted archaeological field work in the US, Belize, Ecuador, Peru, Bolivia, and Madagascar. My research interests lie in understanding the nature of interregional interaction during the Early Horizon period (c.900BC-200BC) in the Central Andean region. In particular, I am interested in exploring the role of religious ideology in stimulating the unprecedented intensity of economic exchange in the south-central highlands of Peru during this period. This research will help to deepen our general understanding of the processes involved in the emergence of complex societies in prehistory.