Lauren Kohut is an anthropological archaeologist working in the Andes of Peru. Her work focuses on a dynamic period of social and political change often characterized by violent conflict leading up to and following the expansion of the Inka Empire. Her research in the Colca Valley focuses on hilltop fortifications (known as pukaras) to understand what they reveal not only about patterns of conflict, but also about the communities, alliances, and other cooperative relationships forged during times of war. Her scholarship uses Geographic Information Systems, spatial analytics, and digital archaeology to investigate how conflict and cooperation are mediated through and transform the landscape.
Kohut, Lauren E. (In preparation) “Mobility and surveillance in times of war: A case study from the Late Intermediate Period Colca Valley (Arequipa, Peru).
Kohut, Lauren E. (In preparation) “Warfare and Alliance in the Colca Valley, Peru: A Human-Scale GIS Analysis of Defensive Alliances.”
Kohut, Lauren E. (2018) “A Multidirectional Approach to Modeling Mobility Affordance in Past Landscapes.” Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 19:239-247.
Wernke, Steven A. and Lauren E. Kohut (In press) “Spatial Hegemony and Evangelization: A Network-Based View of an Early Franciscan Doctrinal Settlement in Highland Peru,” in Religion and Space in the Atlantic World, edited by John Corrigan, David Bodenhamer, and Trevor Harris. South Carolina University Press.
Wernke, Steven A., Lauren E. Kohut, and Teddy Abel Traslaviña Arias (2017). “A GIS of affordances: Movement and visibility at a planned colonial town in Highland Peru,” Journal of Archaeological Science 84: 22-39.
Kohut, Lauren E. (2018) “Legacies of war: fortified landscapes and political transformation during the late prehispanic in the Colca Valley (Arequipa, Peru).” Paper presented in the symposium Landscapes of Warfare: A Comparative Perspective, organized by Hugo Ikehara and Juan Carlos Vargas at the 83rd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Washington D.C.
Kohut, Lauren E. (2017) "Thinking outside the map: Alternative approaches to data visualization." Paper presented in the symposium Archaeological Epistemology in the Digital Age, organized by Rebecca Bria and Michael Ashley at the 82nd Annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver.
Kohut, Lauren E. (2016) “Surveillance and control in a landscape of war: An examination of mobility and fortification in the Colca Valley, Peru.” Paper presented in the symposium E pur si muove: Exploring Mobilities in Latin America, organized by Jamie Forde and Danny Zborover at the 81stAnnual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando.