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Bill Sillar

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Educational Background:

  • BSc Institute of Archaeology, University of London. 1985
  • MSc Institute of Archaeology, UCL 1988
  • PhD Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Cambridge 1995
  • Sillar, B.  (2013). The Building and Rebuilding of Walls: commitments and tensions within an Andean community and the archaeological monument they inhabit. Journal of Material Culture 18(1) 27–51
  • Sillar, B. and D. Hicks (2013).  South America in: D. Hicks and A. Stevenson (eds.) World Archaeology at the Pitt Rivers Museum: A Characterization.  Archaeopress: Oxford. 358-382
  • Sillar, B., E. Dean and A. Perez Trujillo (2013)  ‘My State or Yours?  Wari Labor Camps and the Inka cult of Viracocha at Raqchi, Cuzco, Peru’.  Latin American Antiquity 24(1) 21-46
  • Ogburn, D., B. Sillar and J. C. Sierra (2013). Evaluating effects of chemical weathering and surface contamination on the in situ provenance analysis of building stones in the Cuzco region of Peru with portable XRF.  Journal of Archaeological Science 40: 1823-1837
  • Sillar, B. (2012). Potential Causes of Language Change across the Cuzco-Lake Titicaca Border 2000 BC to 2000 AD. In Archaeology and Language in the Andes: A Cross-Disciplinary Exploration of Prehistory, edited by Paul Heggarty and David Beresford-Jones, British Academy, Oxford University Press, Oxford. 295–320.
  • Sillar, B. (2012). Patrimone Vivant: Les Illas et Conopas de foyers andins. Techniques & Culture (58), 66-81
  • Sillar, B. (2011). Intentionality matters: Creativity and interpretation in the development of the Inka State.  In Cochrane, E., Gardner, A. (Eds.). Evolutionary and Interpretive Archaeologies. Left Coast Press. 105-126
  • Sillar, B. (2010). La Saisonnalité des Techniques. Techniques & Culture (52-53), 90-119
  • Sillar, B. (2009). The Social Agency of Things? Animism and Materiality in the Andes. CAMB ARCHAEOL J 19(3), 367-377
  • Sillar, B., Sommer, U., Davis, R. (2009). West Dean 2008. Archaeology International 11, 54-57
  • Sillar, B., Gardner, A., Sommer, U., Meaton, C. (2008). The West Dean Archaeological Project. Archaeology International 10, 54-57
  • Sillar, B. (2006). West Dean Project. Past Matters 4, 24-26
  • Sillar, B., 2005. Who’s indigenous? Whose archaeology? Public Archaeology 4(2&3), 71-94. ISSN: 1465-5187
  • Sillar, B., Fforde, C. 2005. Conservation, Identify and Ownership in Indigenous Archaeology. Public Archaeology, 4 (2&3), 67-221. ISSN: 1465-5187
  • Sillar B. and E. Dean, 2004 (April). Identidad étnica bajo el dominio Inka: una evaluación arqueológica y etnohistórica de las repercusiones del estado Inka en el grupo étnico Canas. Boletin de Arqueologia Pontificia Universidad Catolica del Peru. Vol 6 (dated 2002). 205-264
  • Sillar B., 2004. Acts of god and active material culture: agency and commitment in the Andes in. A. Gardner (ed.) Agency and Archaeology. London: UCL Press 153-209
  • Sillar B., 2004. Pottery in B. Fagan (ed.) The seventy Great Inventions of the Ancient World. Thames and Hudson, 37-40.
  • Sillar B., 2003. Technological Choices and Experimental Archaeology: Comments on: M. S. Tite, V. Kilikoglou and G. Vekinis ‘Strength, Toughness and Thermal Shock Resistance of Ancient Ceramics and their Influence on Technological Choice. Archaeometry 45(1) 161-169.
  • Sillar, B., 2000. Shaping Culture: Making Pots and Constructing Households. An Ethnoarchaeological Study of Pottery Production, Trade and Use in the Andes, BAR International Series 883. Oxford.
  • Sillar, B., & Tite, M., 2000. The challenge of 'technological choices' for material science approaches in archaeology, Archaeometry, 42(1), 2-20
  • Sillar, B., 2000. Dung by Preference: The choice of fuel as an example of how Andean pottery production is embedded within wider technical, social and economic practices, Archaeometry, 42(1), 43-60
  • Sillar, B., 1997. Engendrando la vida y vivificando la muerte: jugando con ollas en los Andes, in D Y Arnold (ed), Más allá del Silencio: Las Fronteras de Género en los Andes, CIASE/ILCA. La Paz, Bolivia, 513-529
  • Sillar, B., 1997. Reputable pots and disreputable potters: individual and community choice in present-day pottery production and exchange in the Andes, in C Cumberpatch and P Blinkhorn (eds), Not So Much a Pot as a Way of Life, Oxbow Monograph, 1-20. Oxford
  • Sillar, B., 1996. Playing with God: cultural perception of children, play and miniatures in the Andes, Archaeological Review from Cambridge, 13(2), 47-63
  • Sillar, B., 1996. The Dead and the Drying; techniques for transforming people and things in the Andes, Journal of Material Culture, 1(3), 259-289
  • Lampeter Archaeology Workshop, 1997. Relativism, objectivity and the politics of the past, Archaeological Dialogues, 2, 164-184 and Discussion & response, in Archaeological Dialogues 1, 43-53
  • Sillar, B., Kendall, A. & Early, R., 1995. Arquitectura Inca Temprana en Juchuy Cosco, Boletín de Lima, Vol. XVII (97), 43-67
  • Sillar, B. & Kendall, A., 1995. Arquitectura y ocupación Inca temprana en Warq'ana, Sector de Juchuy Cosco, Revista del museo e Instituto de Arqueología, 25, 75-102. Universidad de San Antonio Abad del Cusco

Current Students

  • Yvette Balbaligo Earthenware pottery from Ille Cave, Palawan, the Philippines: local change and regional connections (second supervisor Dorian Fuller)
  • Kirsten Halliday Imagery by default or design?: Artisan and State in Chimu and Chimu-Inka cloth and clay (second supervisors Renata Peters and Colin Peters BM)
  • Viviana Siveroni Household integration and population aggregation in Late Prehispanic Nasca (second supervisor Todd Whitelaw)

Second Supervisor

Recently submitted students

 Fernanda (Maria) Kalazich Cultural meanings and values  of the Likan Antai. The practise of archaeology through a participatory approach (principal supervisor Tim Schadla-Hall)

  • Meredith Wiggins Roman households: Space, status and identity (principal supervisor Andrew Gardner)
  • Virginia McRostie Agriculturization process in the Western Salty Basin of Atacama (2910BC-500AD). When, where, how and why? A research based on macro and micro botanical evidences. (principal supervisor Arlene Rosen)
  • Paolo Guarino Aspects of complexity in Arslantepe (principal supervisor Roger Matthews)
  • Bill Sillar
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