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Luis Jaime Castillo Butters

Scientific Director of the San José de Moro Archaeological Program since 1991. and Principal Professor at the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru. MA and PhDC from UCLA. Co-Director of the Archaeological Project at Pampa Grande (2004-2006), Co-Director of the Portachuelo de Charcape Archaeological Project (2003), and Science Consultant for the Huaca 20 Archaeological Project (2005-2008). Associate Investigator at the Alto Piura Archaeological Project (1988), Huaca Santa Cruz Archaeological Project (1987), and of the Rafael Larco Herrera Museum (1986-2009).

Today he also serves as Co-Editor of Latin American Antiquity journal and is a hosted professor at Pablo de Olavide University of Seville and Université Bordeaux III.

Since 1991 Castillo Butters has directed the investigations at the San José de Moro site, having as objective the study of ceremonial and funerary practices of pre-Hispanic societies that inhabited the Jequetepeque Valley and the evolution of their material culture. These studies have focused on certain singular manifestations like the fineline and polychrome ceramics of the Late Moche Period. Likewise, he has developed topics such as the Moche collapse, the impact of the Wari and Cajamarca cultures, and the transition to the Lambayeque and Chimú periods.

He has written numerous articles relating to funerary and ceremonial practices of the Moche, the Priestesses of San José de Moro, the role of women in northern coastal pre-Hispanic societies, representations of warriors in Moche art, and the Sacrifice Ceremony. Currently, he has centered his investigation on the forms of political organization and ideological power as a mechanism of integration and maintenance of social differences within the societies of Jequetepeque during the first millennium of our era.

Luis Jaime Castillo Butters
Professor of Archaeology
Department of Humanities
Direction of International Relationships and Cooperation
Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú
Av. Universitaria 1801. Lima 32
Phone: 626-2000 ext. 2161
email: lcastil@pucp.edu.pe


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