Lic. Elizabeth Cruzado Carranza – Elizabeth previously served as PIARA Co-Director and has over fifteen years of experience in archaeology, focused on the regions of highland Ancash and the Central and North Coast of Peru. She is a licensed archaeologist from San Marcos University in Lima and recently received her M.A. in Archaeology from the University of Memphis and graduated from the Museum Studies Graduate Certificate Program there. She is currently pursuing her PhD in the Departments of Anthropology and Geography at Louisiana State University.
In 2009 she was a curator for the installation of the new museum exhibition in Caraz. Elizabeth is an expert in the analysis, conservation and curation of a wide variety of ancient Peruvian material culture. In 2013, she organized a temporary PIARA exposition at the Ancash Archaeological Museum in Huaraz. In 2014, Elizabeth installed an exhibition on the excavations from the Hualcayán site at the Municipal Museum in Caraz, Peru. Elizabeth recently launched a long-term project on the north coast of Peru in the region surrounding the city of Casma.
Robert Connolly – Robert is an educator/museum director/anthropologist/community activist and advocate. In September of 2016 he retired as the Director of the C.H. Nash Museum at Chucalissa in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S. and as an Associate Professor in both the Departments of Anthropology and Earth Sciences at the University of Memphis. Robert was also on the Advisory Board of the Graduate Certificate Program in Museum Studies at the University of Memphis. He received his PhD in Anthropology from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign based on his decade long research at Middle Woodland Period hilltop enclosures in the Ohio Valley. Since 2013 he has worked on projects in both the Peruvian Ancash highlands and more recently on the north coast. In Peru, his specific interests revolve around cultural heritage as a tool for empowerment of local communities. He blogs at Archaeology, Museums and Outreach.