Beth Koontz Scaffidi

Beth Koontz Scaffidi

Denver, CO

Vanderbilt University; Colorado College

PhD Candidate, GIS Administrator


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Published on Nov 04, 2015


Excavations at Uraca were generously funded by the Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research, the Explorer's Club Field Research Grant, the Tinker Foundation Fieldwork Grant, and the Vand...

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Published on Nov 03, 2015

Media Coverage at Uraca: National Geographic Spain

Here's a piece in Spanish from Nat Geo about the trophy heads excavated from Uraca!

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Published on Oct 15, 2015

Textile Support for the Feline-Trophy Head Association: What Do You think?

As we were looking back at some of the textile from the site, in light of the feline trophy head and the human trophy heads we found, I started thinking about the beautiful belts or head wrappings ...

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Published on Oct 14, 2015

From Lawyer to Archaeologist, But Why?

When I tell people I used to be an Assistant District Attorney and am now a struggling grad student, they look at me like I'm crazy! I left a challenging but rewarding position as a lawyer in the c...

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Published on Oct 13, 2015

How Are Strontium Isotopes Used To Trace Geographic Origins?

Strontium is incorporated into animal tissues from the food and water we consume. The bedrock of geologically-different regions has distinct levels of strontium, so different geolog...

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Published on Oct 12, 2015

How Did Looting Affect Excavations? Watch This Video!

Organized looting activity made it very difficult to understand how the individuals and artifacts we excavated were related to each other. With support of the Curb Center for Arts Policy of Vanderb...

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Published on Oct 09, 2015

Trophy cat head: part of a costume?

We also found this little guy during excavations at Uraca, in a cache of 3 of the trophy heads from Sector II. The posterior portions of the skull are missing and broken off just like the human hea...

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Published on Oct 08, 2015

Here is where we excavated the trophy skulls at Uraca: the Middle Majes Valley in Arequipa, Peru

View from Uraca Sector IIC to the east looking at the modern town of Corire. An ancient path passed through the valley here, connecting Uraca and the petroglyphs at Toro Muerto to t...

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