Curator (New World Archaeology)
Area: World Cultures, Ancient Cultures
B.A., Archaeology & Anthropology, Tufts University, Boston, 1995
M.A., Anthropology, University of California, Santa Barbara, 1997
Ph.D., University of California, Santa Barbara, 2002
Justin Jennings grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. While working on his undergraduate degree in anthropology and archaeology, he excavated briefly in Greece at the Athenian Agora, but later turned his research focus to Peruvian archaeology during graduate school, where his interests continue to this day.
His current research centers on state expansion and consolidation in the Ancient Andes, and he has published on heritage tourism, ritual change, and the ancient uses of alcohol. Over the last twelve years, the focus of his fieldwork has been on the impact of the Wari (AD 600 - 1000) and Inca (AD 1430 - 1532) states in the Cotahuasi and Majes Valleys of southern Peru. His most recent books include Globalizations and the Ancient World (Cambridge University Press, 2011) and Beyond Wari Walls (University of New Mexico Press, 2010).
Over the past 20 years, archaeologists have become increasingly aware of the complex nuances of culture contact and the difficulties in distinguishing between a broad range of interregional interac