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Heather N. Lechtman

Masssachusetts Institute of Technology
Department of Materials Science and Engineering
77 Massachusetts Avenue, Room 8-437
Cambridge, MA 02139
(617) 253-2172

Professor of Archaeology and Ancient Technology
Department of Materials Science and Engineering

Director, CMRAE

Heather Lechtman carries out her fieldwork in the Andean zone of South America where she has spent 38 years investigating the prehistoric systems of technology Andean peoples developed to manage a highly varied and high stress environment. Her field of specialty is prehistoric Andean metallurgy. Professor Lechtman's research has demonstrated that the Andean region was one of the primary zones for the development of sophisticated metallurgical practice anywhere in the ancient world, a true "heartland of metallurgy." Her current investigations explore the extractive metallurgical processes that societies of the Central Andes developed as distinct from those practiced by peoples of the South-central Andean region.

Selected Publications

2007 The Inka, and Andean Metallurgical Tradition. In Variations in the Expression of Inka Power, R. Matos, R. Burger, C. Morris (Eds.), pp. 323-365. Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks.

2006 Editor Esferas de Interacción Prehsitóricas y Fronteras Nacionales Modernas: Los Andes Sur Centrales. Lima: Instituto de Estudios Peruanos.

Heather Lechtman and Andrew Macfarlane. 2005 La Metalurgia del Bronce en los Andes Sur Centrales: Tiwanaku y San Pedro de Atacama. Estudios Atacameños 30: 7-27.

Vincent C. Pigott and Heather Lechtman. 2003 Chalcolithic Copper-base Metallurgy on the Iranian Plateau: A New Look at Old Evidence. In Culture Through Objects: Ancient Near Eastern Studies in Honour of P.R.S. Moorey, T. Potts, M. Roaf, D. Stein (Eds.), pp. 291-312. Oxford: Oxford University Press.