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Anthropology|Department of

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

jtoohey2@uwyo.edu • Anthropology Bldg 117

Jason Toohey is an anthropological archaeologist conducting research primarily in the northern Peruvian Andes. His research interests include the development of social complexity, class and identity formation, militarism, and food ways in middle range societies and early states. Other interests include the built environment, land use, and GIS approaches in archaeology.


He has directed archaeological research projects spanning from the analysis of lithic material acquisition and production in southern Baja California Sur, to analyses of community organization, leadership strategies, ethnogenesis, and militarism in the northern Peruvian Andes.

Courses Taught           

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

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

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

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.

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