UW-L prof to discuss his archaeological research in South America

Jan. 31, 2014

Tim Mc Andrews photo.

Timothy McAndrews, Professor, Sociology/Archaeology Department and MVAC Director

A UW-La Crosse sociology and archaeology professor will discuss his research in the South American Andes that has a new spin on traditional interpretations of the area.

Tim McAndrews, director of the Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center, will speak on “The Rise and ‘Expansion’ of Tiwanaku Civilization in the Bolivian Andes” at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, in Port O’ Call, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition. Admission is free.

McAndrews is a widely recognized expert on the enigmatic Tiwanaku civilization, which emerged at an extreme elevation in the South American Andes. He will discuss his research on Tiwanaku expansion out of the Lake Titicaca Basin and into the distant region of Cochabamba, Bolivia, nearly 1,500 years ago.

After a decade of research, McAndrews is turning traditional interpretations of Tiwanaku expansion upside down. He argues that it was local chieftains, not Tiwanaku kings, who directed the influx of Tiwanaku culture into the Cochabamba region.

For more information contact MVAC at 608.785.6473 or mvac@uwlax.edu
If you go—
What: “The Rise and ‘Expansion’ of Tiwanaku Civilization in the Bolivian Andes”
Who: Timothy McAndrews, Professor, UW-L Sociology/Archaeology Department and MVAC Director
When: 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13
Where: Port O’ Call, Cartwright Center-Gunning Addition
Admission: Free