Sarah Kennedy

  • PhD Student - Archaeology

Sarah Kennedy is an archaeologist whose research focuses on marginalized labor, power dynamics, social identity, and foodways practices in colonial Peru. Her dissertation research explores the social dynamics of 17th century silver refining mills in Peru’s Lake Titicaca Basin, using a combination of spatial, faunal, botanical, and soil chemistry analyses to examine daily, household practices. She has previously instructed students in zooarchaeological analysis and has taught introductory courses in archaeology and cultural anthropology, as well as upper-division courses such as Human Diversity and The Origin of Cities.


(2020). VanValkenburgh, P., Kennedy, Sarah A., Rojas Vega, C., and G. Hassler. “El Contrato del Mar: Maritime Subsistence at Carrizales, Zaña Valley, Peru.” Pages 336-396. In Prieto, Gabriel and Daniel Sandweiss, eds. New Perspectives on Andean Maritime Communities. Gainesville, FL: University of Florida Press.

(2019). Kennedy, Sarah A., Chiou, Katherine, and P. VanValkenburgh. “Inside the Reducción: Crafting Colonial Foodways at Carrizales and Mocupe Viejo, Zaña Valley, Peru (1570-1700).” International Journal of Historical Archaeology 23(4):980-1010. DOI: 10.1007/s10761-018-0481-2.

(2019). Kennedy, Sarah A. and S. M. Norman. “Introduction: Status and Identity in the Imperial Andes.” International Journal of Historical Archaeology 23(4):807-815. DOI: 10.1007/s10761-018-0491-0.

(2019). Kennedy, Sarah A. and K. Quave. “Identificando contextos domésticos Inka por medio de microartefactos: el sitio de Cheqoq (Maras, Cuzco).” [Identifying Inka Domestic Contexts Through Analysis of Micro Artifacts: The Site of Cheqoq (Maras, Cuzco)]. Qillqana: Revista Arqueológica del Cusco 1(1):42-63. Cusco, Peru.

(2019). Quave, K., Kennedy, Sarah A., and Covey, A. “Rural Cuzco Before and After Inka Imperial Conquest: Foodways, Status, and Identity (Maras, Peru).” International Journal of Historical Archaeology 23(4):868-892. DOI: 10.1007/s10761-018-0483-0.

(2016). Kennedy, Sarah A., and P. VanValkenburgh. “Zooarchaeology and Changing Food Practices at Carrizales, Peru Following the Spanish Invasion.” International Journal of Historical Archaeology 20(1):73-104. DOI: 10.1007/s10761-015-0319-0.

Degrees and Education

MA - Anthropology – University of Florida (2014)
BA - Anthropology, Spanish – University of Wyoming (2010)


Dumbarton Oaks Junior Fellowship in Pre-Columbian Studies (2019-2020)
John Carter Brown Short-Term Fellowship (2019)
Wenner-Gren Foundation Dissertation Fieldwork Grant (2018)
Andrew Mellon Predoctoral Fellowship (2017-2018)
National Geographic Society Young Explorer’s Grant (2014)
Foreign Language Area Study (FLAS) Fellowship (2014)