Dr. Colleen Zori

Dr. Colleen Zori
Senior Lecturer in BIC
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Phone: 254-710-1403 

Office: Morrison Hall 101.3 

BIC Courses: Natural World I and II; World Cultures II and III
Colleen Zori’s research addresses the interdependence of political and economic change in past societies, using archaeological data to investigate how changes in political organization relate to shifts in technology, the organization of craft production, and interregional exchange. She has conducted extensive archaeological fieldwork in the Andes of South America, particularly Peru and Chile, investigating how local economies were transformed by incorporation into the Inka empire. She has published widely on both the technical and social aspects of Andean metallurgy.

Dr. Zori is currently carrying out comparative archaeological fieldwork in Italy. She is a co-director of the San Giuliano Archaeological Research Project, a Baylor study abroad program that provides undergraduates an opportunity to engage in primary research. At San Giuliano, she oversees the excavation of a medieval castle complex, investigating how ceramic production and trade in non-local glass wares provide insights into the dynamic political landscape of medieval Italy.


2011    Ph.D. in Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

2004   M.A. in Anthropology, University of California, Los Angeles

2000  B.A. in Human Biology, Stanford University

CV: Dr. Colleen Zori

Recent Publications

Urbina, S., Uribe, M., Agüero, C., and C. Zori

2019                  De provincia inca a repartimiento: Tarapacá en los siglos XV y XVI (Andes Centro Sur).  Estudios Atacameños 61:219-252. http://dx.doi.org/10.4067/S0718-10432019005000302

Zori, C.

2019               Extracting Insights from Prehistoric Andean Metallurgy: Political Organization, Interregional Connections, and Ritual Meanings.  Journal of Archaeological Research, https://doi.org/10.1007/s10814-019-09128-7. 


Zori, C.

2018               Symbolizing Imperial Affiliation in Death: Case Studies from the Inka Empire (AD 1400-1532).  In Routledge Handbook of Death and the Afterlife, edited by C. Cann, pp. 43-59. Routledge; New York.


Zori, D., Zori, C., Baker, L., Ikeshoji-Orlati, V., Livingston, C., Foulton, D., and Wilken, D.

2018               From Etruscan Urban Center to Medieval Fortified Village: San Giuliano Archaeological Research Project. Antiquity project gallery PG2017120.


Zori, C.

2018               Inka Mining and Metal Production Strategies.  In The Oxford Handbook of the Inca, A. Covey and S. Alconini (eds), pp. 375-393.  Oxford University Press, Oxford. 


Zori, D., C. Zori, L. Baker, V. Ikeshoji-Orlati, and A. Smith

2017                San Giuliano Archaeological Research Project: Investigating Long-Term Change from Etruscan Urban Center to High Medieval Fortified Village in Lazio, Italy. Temporis Signa XI: 1-20.


Zori, C. and E. Brant

2017                Casting a Wide Net: A Social Network Analysis of Inka Roads in the Coastal Valleys of Northern Chile.  In Nuevas tendencias en el estudio de los caminos [New Trends in the Study of Roads], edited by S. Chacaltana, E. Arkush and G. Marcone.  Ministerio de Cultura, Lima, pp. 72-99.

Zori, C. E. Brant, and M. Uribe Rodríguez

2017                Empires as Social Networks: Roads, Connectedness, and the Inka Incorporation of Northern Chile.  Ñawpa Pacha 37 (1): 1-23.



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