George J. Gumerman, IV, PhD
BA, University of Illinois-Urbana Champagne
MA, PhD, University of California-Los Angeles 1991
- complex societies
- food and culture
- the Andes mountains
- public archaeology
George Gumerman IV is currently researching prehistoric food
and culture on the north coast of Peru. The Moche Foodways Archaeological Project
aims to understand Moche culture through the study of food. Moche culture is
consumed by death, warfare, and human sacrifice. Gumerman’s discovery of a
large funerary feasting complex at the extraordinary site of El Brujo indicates
that feasting also revolved around death.
Gumerman also has a broad interest in public archaeology
including the development of an interactive educational CD-ROM: TheInteractive Archaeology of the Grand Canyon and Colorado Plateau.
Students create a virtual museum exhibit by exploring who lived in the Grand
Canyon and how they existed.
In addition, Gumerman is collaborating with the
Hopi Cultural Preservation Office, educators, elders, and archaeologists, to
develop a Hopi culture curriculum for Hopi schools. The Hopi Footprints project
is an incredible opportunity to improve teacher quality that uses archaeology and
elder oral history as a foundation to build a standards-based cultural