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Ashley E. Vance

Graduate Student

Anthropology, Archaeology


Building & Room:

BSB 2102


1007 W. Harrison Street

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Ashley Vance CV


Focusing on archaeomalachology within the Andes, my research explores the trade and exchange of Spondylus shells (principally S. crassiquama) within pre-Columbian cultures. Currently supported by the Star Fellowship, I am interested in applying archaeological and paleoecological approaches to learn more about how shell procurement, use, and trade structured coastal communities in Peru and Ecuador. Additionally, I am investigating the possibility of developing a sclerochronology for the pacific bivalve, which would aid Andean archaeologists in reconstructing past environmental conditions.

Selected Grants

University of Illinois at Chicago, Provost Graduate Internship Award (2018), Intern

The Field Museum, Chicago, Summer Fieldwork Grant (2017), Principal Investigator

Notable Honors

2017, Al and Judy Blitz Archaeology Scholarship, University of Illinois at Chicago


2017 - present, Ph.D. Student in Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago
2016, B.A. in History, St. Edward's University in Austin TX

Research Currently in Progress

Andean Archaeology, Trade and Exchange, Mortuary Practices, the Inca and Wari