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Department of Anthropology

Jason Toohey
Assistant Professor

B.A. 1995, University of California Santa Barbara
M.A. 2000, California State University Northridge
Ph.D. 2009, University of California Santa Barbara • Anthropology Bldg 117

Jason Toohey is an anthropological archaeologist who is dedicated to taking a holistic and multidisciplinary approach to the field. He has conducted fieldwork in California, Baja California Sur (MX), and Peru. His current research focuses on the Cajamarca region of the northern Peruvian Andes where he has conducted fieldwork since 2003. His research focuses on the development of social complexity, leadership strategy, and community organization among middle range and early state societies. He addresses these issues through analysis of the built environment, ceramic production and exchange, and cuisine. Dr. Toohey is also developing a new research program, which will utilize faunal materials from Peruvian coastal sites spanning the Holocene to address contemporary issues of coastal conservation, fisheries, climate, and social change.

Courses Taught

Anthro 1300


Introduction to Archaeology

Anth 1450

World Archaeology

Anth 4150/5150

Prehistory of South America

Anth 4140-05

Archaeological Field School – Peru

Anth 4150/5150

Eight Great Archaeological Discoveries of the Ancient World (online)

Anth 4150/5150

Maya, Aztec, Inca (online)

Anth 4150/5150

Origins of the State

Recent Publications

Surovell, T.A., J.L. Toohey, A.D. Myers, J. M. LaBelle, J. Ahern, and B.J. Reisig, 2016 (in press), The End of Archaeological Discovery, American Antiquity.

Toohey, J.L., 2016 (in press), Reconciling Archaeological and Ethnohistoric Data for Coast-Highland Interaction in the Cajamarca Region, Ñawpa Pacha.

Toohey, JL, B Geddes, MS Murphy, S Pereyra Iturry, and J Bouroncle (2016) Theorizing Residential Burial in Cajamarca, Peru: An Understudied Mortuary Treatment in the Central Andes. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 43: 29-38.

Ortiz, A, MS Murphy, J Toohey, C Brezine, and C Gaither (in press) Hybridity? Change? Continuity? Survival? A study of biodistance and identity of colonial burials from Magdalena de Cao Viejo, Chicama Valley, Peru. In The Bioarchaeology of Contact and Colonialism: Global Visions and New Approaches from Studies of Human Skeletons, edited by MS Murphy and HD Klaus. University Press of Florida, Gainseville.

Toohey, J L (2015) Ceramic Exchange and Community Interaction in the Late Prehispanic Cajamarca Basin, Northern Peru. In Ceramic Analysis in the Andes, edited by I. Druc, pp. 123-138. Deep University Press, Wisconsin.

Toohey, JL (2013) Feeding the Mountains: Sacred Landscapes, Mountain Worship, and Sacrifice in the Maya and Inca Worlds, Reviews in Anthropology 42(3): 161-178.

Toohey, J L (2012) Recent Excavations at the Late Intermediate Period Village of Yanaorco in the Cajamarca Highlands. Andean Past 10: 263-267.

Toohey, J L (2011) Ceramic Assemblages and Spatial Patterning at Yanaorco: a Late Intermediate Period Village in the Cajamarca Highlands of Northern Peru. Ñawpa Pacha 31(2): 171-199.

Toohey, J L (2007) Taller de San Jose: A Prehistoric Quarry Near San Jose del Cabo, Baja California Sur, Mexico. Pacific Coast Archaeological Society Quarterly 39(2&3): 37-52. pdf


Jason Toohey

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