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Nicola Sharratt

Assistant Professor    

Ph.D., University of Illinois at Chicago, 2011


Archaeology, Andean South America


Nicola Excavating a Tiwanaku vessel


Dr. Nicola Sharratt’s research examines the aftermath of state collapse. With funding from NSF, the Archaeological Institute of America, National Geographic, the Brennan Foundation and Fulbright she directs an ongoing excavation project in the Moquegua Valley, Peru which investigates how local communities were affected by and responded to the political fragmentation of the Tiwanaku state circa AD 1000.  She is also interested in craft production in the past and the present. As part of multi-institution team led by the Field Museum, Dr. Sharratt has conducted a series of geo-archaeological projects that sourced and characterized clays from several regions of the Andes, and conducted ethno-archaeological research with contemporary potters.


Before joining GSU in 2014, Dr. Sharratt held post-doctoral fellowships at the Field Museum of Natural History and the American Museum of Natural History/Bard Graduate Center. She is committed to communicating anthropological research to public audiences and curated the 2014 exhibition ‘Carrying Coca’ in New York City. book



2014  Sharratt, N. Carrying Coca: 1500 Years of Andean Chuspas. Bard Graduate Center: New York. Distributed by Yale University Press.

Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

2017    Sharratt, N. ‘Steering Clear of the Dead: Avoiding Ancestors in the Moquegua Valley, Peru.’ American Anthropologist 119(4): 645-661.

2017    Parker, B. J. and N. Sharratt. ‘Fragments of the Past: Applying Microarchaeological Techniques to Use Surfaces at Tumilaca La Chimba, Moquegua, Peru.’ Advances in Archaeological Practice 5(1): 71-92.

2016  Sharratt, N. ‘Collapse and Cohesion: Building Community in the Aftermath of Tiwanaku State Breakdown.’ World Archaeology 48(1): 144-163.

2015  Sharratt, N., M. Golitko & P. R. Williams. ‘Pottery Production, Regional Exchange and State Collapse during the Middle Horizon (A.D. 500-1000): LA-ICP-MS analyses of Tiwanaku pottery in the Moquegua Valley, Perú.’ Journal of Field Archaeology 40(4): 397-412.

2010  Sutter, R. and N. Sharratt. ‘Continuity and Transformation during the Terminal Middle Horizon (A.D. 950-1150): A Bioarchaeological Assessment of Tumilaca Origins within the Middle Moquegua Valley, Peru.’ Latin American Antiquity 21(1): 67-86.

2009  Sharratt, N., M. Golitko, P. R. Williams, and L. Dussubieux. ‘Ceramic Production during the Middle Horizon: Wari and Tiwanaku Clay Procurement in the Moquegua Valley, Peru.’ Geoarchaeology 24(6): 792-820.

Peer-Reviewed Book Chapters

2016  Sharratt, N. ‘Crafting a Response to Collapse: Ceramic and Textile Production in the Wake of Tiwanaku State Breakdown. In R. Faulseit (ed). Beyond Collapse: CAI Occasional Paper no. 42: 407-430. Carbondale Il: SIU Press.

2016  Golitko, M., N. Sharratt & P. R. Williams. ‘Open Cell Ablation of Killke and Inka Pottery from the Cuzco Area: Museum collections as repositories of provenience information.’ In L. Dussubieux, M. Golitko & B. Gratuze (eds). Recent Advances in Laser Ablation ICP-MS for Archaeology: 27-52.New York: Springer.

2015  Sharratt, N. ‘Viviendo y Muriendo en medio de la efervescencia política: excavaciones en una aldea Tiwanaku terminal (950-1150 D.C) del valle de Moquegua, Perú.’ In A. Korpisaari & J. Chacama R. (eds). El Horizonte Medio en los Andes Centro Sur: Nuevos aportes sobre la arqueología del sur de Perú, norte de Chile y altiplano de Bolivia: 201-223. Lima, Peru: Travaux de l’Institut Français d’Etudes Andines (IFEA).

Other Publications

2015  Piscitelli, M., S. Chacaltana Cortez, N. Sharratt, M. Golitko & P. R. Williams. ‘Inferring Ceramic Production, Social Interaction, and Political Dynamics in the Moquegua Valley through Geochemical Analysis. In I. C. Druc (ed). Ceramic Analysis in the Andes. Proceedings of the Session on Andean Ceramic Characterization, Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting 2014, Austin Texas: 103-121. Blue Mounds WI: Deep University Press.

2013  K. Keramidas & N. Sharratt. ‘Weaving Stories between the Material, Immaterial and Ephemeral: Designing Digital Interactives for Socially Complex Objects in an Exhibition Setting.’ In L. Levitt (ed). Tokens and Talismans in digital spaces: meaning in the absence of materiality. The New Everyday, MediaCommons.

2012  Sharratt, N., P. R. Williams, M. C. Lozada, and J. Starbird. ‘Late Tiwanaku Mortuary Patterns in the Moquegua Drainage, Peru: Excavations at the Tumilaca la Chimba Cemetery.’ In A. Vranich, E. Klarich & C. Stanish (eds). Advances in Titicaca Basin Archaeology III: 193-203. Ann Arbor: Museum of Anthropology Publications.

2011  Sharratt, N. ‘Identity Negotiation during Tiwanaku State Collapse.’ In L. Amundsen-Meyer, N. Engel & S. Pickering (eds) Identity Crisis: Archaeological Perspectives on Social Identity. Proceedings of the 42nd (2010) Annual Chacmool Conference: 167-177. University of Calgary: Calgary, Alberta, Canada.

2009  Chacaltana-Cortez, S. and N. Sharratt. ‘International Collaboration and US Training; Peruvian and British Perspectives.’ SAA Archaeological Record 9(4): 19-20.

Book Reviews

2018 Review of Crisis to Collapse. The Archaeology of Social Breakdown, edited by Tim Cunningham and Jan Driessen, 2017. Landscape History 39(1): 122-123.

2016  Review of Space-Time Perspectives on Early Colonial Moquegua, by Prudence M. Rice, 2013. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 26(2): 377-378.