Faculty » Kevin J. Vaughn

Kevin J. Vaughn

Associate Professor and Dean, UCR Extension

Office: UCR Extension
Phone: (951) 827-4102
E-mail: kvaughn@ucx.ucr.edu

Professor Vaughn’s principal research interests are in Andean archaeology (with a particular focus on the South Coast of Peru); sociopolitical complexity; political economies of middle-range societies; archaeometry; pilgrimage; pre-industrial mining; village and household archaeology; and ceramic analysis. His fieldwork has focused primarily on Nasca, Peru where he has excavated residential villages, ancient mines, and has conducted extensive survey. He most recently directed a project in Ica, Peru investigating pilgrimage during the Early Intermediate Period (ca. 100 BCE – 600 CE).


2017, M. Glascock, H. Neff and K.J. Vaughn (eds.), Ceramics of the Indigenous Cultures of South America. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque.

2016, K.J. Vaughn, C.A. Conlee, H. Van Gijseghem, V.H. Whalen, Plazas and communal space in Nasca: changing patterns of public ritual through the Formative and Early Intermediate periods (800 B.C.–A.D. 650 on the south coast of Peru. Ñawpa Pacha 36(2):111-138.

2014, K.J. Vaughn, J.W. Eerkens, C. Lipo, S. Sakai, and K. Schreiber, It’s About Time? Testing the Dawson Ceramic Seriation Using Luminescence Dating, Southern Nasca Region, Peru. Latin American Antiquity 25(4):449-461.

2013, N. Tripcevich and K.J. Vaughn (eds.), Mining and Quarrying in the Ancient Andes: Sociopolitical, Economic and Symbolic Dimensions, Springer.

2012, J. Kantner and K.J. Vaughn, Pilgrimage as Costly Signal: Religiously Motivated Cooperation in Chaco and Nasca. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 31:66-82.

2010, K.J. Vaughn, J. Eerkens and J. Kantner (eds.), The Evolution of Leadership: Transitions in Decision Making from Small-Scale to Middle-Range Societies, School of Advanced Research Press, Santa Fe.

2009, K.J. Vaughn, The Ancient Andean Village: Marcaya in Prehispanic Nasca. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

2006, K.J. Vaughn. Craft Production, Exchange, and Political Power in the Pre-Incaic Andes. Journal of Archaeological Research 14(4):313-344.

2004, K.J. Vaughn. Households, Crafts, and Feasting in the Ancient Andes: The Village Context of Early Nasca Craft Consumption. Latin American Antiquity 15(1):61-88.