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OJC Press Release ID: 3162

Thursday, April 14, 2022

Otero’s Kimberly Munro Presented at the Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting


Otero College’s Dr. Kimberly Munro was asked to speak at the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Annual Meeting March 30 – April 3, 2022 in Chicago, Ill. Munro is the Faculty Professional Development and Student Research Coordinator under the AIM Grant. She also is a part-time faculty member and teaches Anthropology.

Munro presented two academic papers that she co-authored. The first, “Roads as Bridges: Assembling Communities and Borderlands over the Longue Duree in Western Ancash” by Kimberly Munro, David Chicoine, and George Lau, looks at the role prehistoric road networks played in connecting communities across space and time. The second paper, “Temples in Process Not Period: Reevaluating Narratives of Early Community Practice and Interaction across North-Central Peru” by Rebecca Bria, Kimberly Munro, and Matthew Piscitelli, discusses early religious architectural traditions in the Andes Mountains.

Dr. Chelsea Herasingh, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, said, “It is important that we highlight faculty involvement in their fields outside of Otero, and that we continue to promote their contributions to research and their profession. Our faculty are doing great things.”

Dr. Munro also presented at the Formative Interactions in the Central Andes – Virtual Forum on Nov. 9, 2021, which was hosted by the Royal Ontario Museum, Vanderbilt University of Arts and Science and Anthropology. She is the founder and co-director of the District of Cáceres-Ancash Peru-Archaeological Project located in the upper Nepeña River Valley, Peru. She is also the Archaeologist of Record, working with Mark Korbitz, Otero Science Faculty member, at the Chacuaco Creek Field Project in southeast Colorado in Las Animas County.

This summer, Dr. Munro is planning to continue her research in Peru. She plans to do more excavation in the Nepeña Valley, as well as continuing survey work and documenting sites. “I am very excited to get back out in the field this summer after two years of Covid restrictions,” she said.

Not all her interests lie in Peru, however, “What I love about La Junta and the surrounding area is how much rock art there is to explore and how much history is here,” she said.

For questions, Dr. Munro can be reached at 719-384-6903 or

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This photo was taken in North-Central Peru at the La Galgada site. Dr. Kimberly Munro is shown inside a burial chamber.

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An early Horizon Period vessel was found in excavations from the Cosma Complex in North-Central Peru. This vessel was created approximately 2,000 years ago and measures two meters in diameter. Infant burials were found inside.

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A 5,000-year-old temple was excavated by Dr. Kimberly Munro in 2015 while working on her doctorate. This temple is located in the Cordillera Negra mountains.