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Michael E. Moseley, PhD

Distinguished Service Professor

Professor Emeritus
Office: Turlington Hall, Room B356
Phone: (352) 294-7596


  • Ph.D., Anthropology, Harvard University, 1968
  • M.A., Anthropology, Harvard University, 1965
  • B.A., Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley, 1963

Research Interests

Settlement and subsistence patterns; early agricultural economies; preindustrial urbanism; pre-Hispanic architecture; pre-Hispanic irrigation and water management technology; Colonial Period and Spanish contact settlements; GIS/Remote Sensing; Quaternary geomorphology, climatology and tectonics.

Selected Publications

Ortloff, Charles, and Michael Moseley. 2012. 2600-1800 BCE Caral. Ñawpa Pacha 32(2):189-206.

Stanish, Charles, Edmundo de la Vega, Michael Moseley, Patrick Ryan Williams, Cecilia Chávez J., Benjamin Vining, and Karl LaFavre. 2010. Tiwanaku Trade Patterns in Southern Peru. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 29:524-532.

Sandweiss, Daniel H., Ruth Shady Solís, Michael E. Moseley, David K. Keefer, and Charles R. Ortloff. 2009. Environmental Change and Economic Development in Coastal Peru between 5,800 and 3,600 years ago. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 106(5):1359-1363.

Moseley, Michael E., Christopher B. Donnan, and David K. Keefer. 2008. Convergent Catastrophe and the Demise of Dos Cabezas. In The Art and Archaeology of the Moche: An Ancient Andean Society of the Peruvian North Coast, edited by Steve Bourget and Kimberly L. Jones, pp. 81-91. University of Texas Press, Austin.

Moseley, Michael E., Donna J. Nash, Patrick Ryan Williams, Susan D. deFrance, Ana Miranda, and Mario Ruales. 2005. Burning Down the Brewery: Establishing and Evacuating an Ancient Imperial Colony at Cerro Baúl, Peru. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 102(48):17264-17271.

Williams, Patrick Ryan, Donna J. Nash, Michael E. Moseley, Susan deFrance, Mario Ruales, Ana Miranda, and David Goldstein. 2005. Los Encuentros y las Bases para la Administración Política Wari. Boletín de Arqueología PUCP 9:207-232.

Keefer, David K., and Michael E. Moseley. Southern Peru Desert Shattered by the Great 2001 Earthquake: Implications for Paleoseismic and Paleo-El Niño–Southern Oscillation Records. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 101(30):10878-10883.


The Inca and their Ancestors (ANG 5164 / ANT 3164)
Lost Tribes and Sunken Continents (ANT 2149)