Dr Marisa Lazzari


I obtained my Licenciatura degree in Anthropological Sciences, specialty Archaeology, at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA), Argentina. I then undertook a Master’s program at the University of Southampton thanks to a Fundación Antorchas-British Council scholarship, which I finished in 1997.  I then returned to Argentina as a research fellow at CONICET (National Council for Scientific and Technical Research), where I undertook comparative analysis of the stone tool assemblages of early sedentary and mobile groups in the valleys and puna areas of north-western Argentina until 2001.  

In 2006 I obtained my doctoral degree from the Anthropology department at Columbia University, New York, thanks to the support of  a Fulbright scholarship, Columbia University, the Gillian Lindt Trust and Fundación Antorchas.  My dissertation “Travelling things and the production of social spaces: An archaeological study of circulation and value in north-western Argentina”, combined archaeological and anthropological frameworks and scientific methods to develop a framework for the understanding of past social interaction in north-western Argentina during the first millennium AD.

Prior to joining the Department of Archaeology at Exeter, I was a visiting lecturer in the Cultural and Social Anthropology department at Stanford University during the Spring term of 2006. After that, I was a visiting postdoctoral fellow at the Centre for Trans/forming cultures (UTS, Sydney), where I undertook comparative studies on cultural heritage, landscape and material culture thanks to an Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Award granted by the Australian Department of Education.


Membership of societies and professional bodies

Asociación Arqueólogos Profesionales de la República Argentina (AAPRA); World Archaeological Congress (WAC)

IAOS (International Association of Obsidian Studies); SAA (Society for American Archaeology)