Jason S. Nesbitt Associate Professor Department of Anthropology Tulane University

Jason S. Nesbitt

Associate Professor
408 Dinwiddie Hall - Lab 207


Ph.D. Yale University


Fields of Study: Archaeology, Andean prehistory, early complex societies, monumental architecture, urbanism, archaeological theory, relationships between culture and nature, ceramic analysis, remote sensing applications to archaeology; Peru

Research and teaching interests:

Jason Nesbitt specializes in the archaeology of the central Andes, with a focus on the Initial Period (1700-800 BC) and Early Horizon (ca. 800-300 BC) of Peru. Prior to coming to Tulane, he conducted archaeological research on early monumental architecture on the central and north coast of Peru. Currently Jason is working on the "Chavin Hinterlands Project" (2014-present). Co-directed with Bebel Ibarra (PhD student, Tulane University), this project examines the nature of hinterland communities in the Huari region of the north-central highlands of Peru during the time of urban growth at the site of Chavín de Huántar. Nesbitt also participates in the Campanayuq Rumi Project (2013-present) in the Department of Ayacucho, in collaboration with Yuichi Matsumoto (Yamagata University), Yuri Cavero (Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos), and Edison Mendoza (Pontificia Universidad Católica de Perú). This project is aimed at understanding exchange and interaction and the role that it played in both local and regional socioeconomic and religious transformations during the late second and early first millennia BC. Recent research has employed pXRF in order to study obsidian interregional obsidian exchange systems between Campanayuq Rumi and contemporary centers during the Early Horizon.

Recent publications:

Nesbitt, Jason
2016 El Niño and Second-Millennium BC Monument Building at Huaca Cortada (Moche Valley, Peru). Antiquity 90: 638-653.

Matsumoto, Yuichi, Jason Nesbitt, Yuri Cavero and Edison Mendoza
2016 Actividades Rituales en Áreas Circundantes al Centro Ceremonial de Campanayuq Rumi, Vilcashuaman, Ayacucho. In Actas del I Congreso Nacional de Arqueología, Volumen II, pp. 99-104. Ministerio de Cultura, Lima.

Nesbitt, Jason

2016 [in press] Wealth in People: An Alternative Perspective on Initial Period Monumental Architecture from the Caballo Muerto Complex. In New Perspectives on Early Andean Civilization: Interaction, Authority, and Socioeconomic Organization during the 1st and 2nd Millennia BC, edited by Richard L. Burger, Yuji Seki, and Lucy C. Salazar. Yale University Publications in Anthropology, Yale University.

Nesbitt, Jason and Yuichi Matsumoto.

2014 Cupisnique Pottery at the South Highland Site of Campanayuq Rumi: Implications for late Initial Period Interaction. Peruvian Archaeology 1: 47-61.

Gamboa Velásquez, Jorge and Jason Nesbitt

2013 La Ocupación Moche en la Margen Norte del Valle Bajo de Moche, Costa Norte del Perú. Arqueología y Sociedad 25: 115-142.

Nesbitt, Jason

2012 An Initial Period Domestic Occupation at Huaca Cortada, Caballo Muerto Complex. Andean Past 10: 278-283.

Matsumoto, Yuichi, Jason Nesbitt, and Denesy Palacio

2012 Mitomarca: A Possible Fortification in the Upper Huallaga Basin. Andean Past 10: 272-278.

Nesbitt, Jason, Belkys Gutiérrez, and Segundo Vásquez

2010 Excavaciones en Huaca Cortada, Complejo Caballo Muerto: Un Informe Preliminar. Boletín de Arqueología PUCP 12 (2008): 261-286.

López-Hurtado, Enrique and Jason Nesbitt

2010 Provincial Religious Centers in the Inka Empire: Propagators of Official Ideology or Spaces for Local Resistance? In Comparative Perspectives on the Archaeology of Coastal South America, edited by Robyn Cutright, Enrique López-Hurtado, and Alexander Martín, pp. 213-229. Memoirs in Latin American Archaeology, University of Pittsburgh. (Published in English and Spanish as part of a bilingual series).

Current Graduate Students:

Ryan Scott Hechler(2015-present) is a first year PhD student. Ryan holds a BA degrees in Art History and History from Virginia Commonwealth University and an MA in Anthropology from McGill University. His research is based in the Andes between northern Ecuador and southern Colombia, particularly with a focus on the transitional colonial experiences faced in the region under the Inkas and subsequently the Spanish. At a broad level he is interested in imperialism and colonialism and their effects on community and identity. Recently he has been concerned with understanding the Late Horizon to Early Spanish Colonial transformation of Andean notions of difference, with recent studies concentrating on disability and gender. He is an archaeological anthropologist that actively incorporates ethnohistory into his research.

Bebel Ibarra (2013-present) is a third year PhD student. Before coming to Tulane, Bebel studied at the Universidad Nacional Mayor de San Marcos. He has spent almost two decades engaged in archaeological research in the north-central highlands of Peru and has published two edited volumes on the archaeology of the region. Bebel’s dissertation research focuses on changing mortuary practices in Huari, Ancash, during the period between approximately AD 500 and the 16th century. Other areas of interest include the investigation of Inka administrative architecture in the north-highlands.