- PhD Granted in 2016
Sebastian Fajardo is interested in the relationships between well-being, collective action, early community formation and settlement patterns. His current research investigates the nature of the human community in the Sogamoso Valley of the eastern highlands of Colombia. According to Spanish accounts this region provided the environmental context to one of the principal chiefly centers in the northern Muisca area. His study will assess the extent to which a large-scale consolidated regional polity with a major central place emerged. This will make it possible to compare the largest and most impressive chiefly central communities and regional polities of the northern and southern parts of Muisca territory and assess more effectively their degrees of development and the kind of forces that were driving daily interaction during prehispanic and colonial times. PhD 2016!