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Faculty and Staff Profile

Melissa Vogel

Associate Professor

Office: 123C Brackett Hall
Phone: 864-656-0837
Fax: 864-656-1252
Personal Website:

 Educational Background

PhD Anthropology
University of Pennsylvania 2003

BA Anthropology
UCLA 1995

 Courses Taught

Introduction to Anthropology (four-fields approach)
Anthropology Field Studies (in archaeology)
World Archaeology
Women in the Developing World: Education, Economics and Environment
Creative Inquiry (Exploring Andean Archaeology and Archaeological Research for Project El Purgatorio)
Anthropology Capstone Seminar
Cultural Anthropology
Physical Anthropology
Ancient Civilizations of Andean South America
Comparative Study of Ancient States
Magic, Witchcraft and Religion


Dr. Melissa Vogel is an Assoc. Professor of Anthropology at Clemson University. She has worked at various sites in Latin America since 1995, including Nicaragua, Belize and Peru. From 2004-2012 she directed Project El Purgatorio on the north coast of Peru, the proposed capital of the Casma polity. This project focused on the development of Andean cities and the effects of urbanism on the local populace. Taking a public interest approach to archaeology is an essential aspect of her projects, which work closely with local Peruvian communities. Her previous research examined frontiers and border zones in ancient Peru. In addition to her primary focus of Anthropology, Dr. Vogel has a background in Women\'s Studies and experience working in Applied Anthropology.

 Research Interests

Archaeology of the Americas, Urbanism, Sex and Gender, Public Interest Anthropology, Heritage Tourism, 3D Data Visualization, Origin and Development of Complex Societies, Space and Place, Religion and Ritual, Warfare, Archaeological Theory and Method

 Research Publications

2013 Vogel, Melissa A. and Robyn Cutright
“Gender Prehistory in South America.” In Companion to Gender Prehistory, edited by Diane Bolger, pp.585-607. West Sussex: Wiley-Blackwell Publishers.

2012 Vogel, Melissa A.
“Chan Chan” and “The Chimu State.” In The Oxford Companion to Archaeology, 2nd ed., edited by Neil Asher Silberman, pp 285-286, 291-293. New York: Oxford University Press.

2012 Pacifico, David and Melissa A. Vogel
“Archaeological Sites, Modern Communities, and Responsible Tourism.” Annals of Tourism Research Vol. XX, No. XX, p 1588-1611.

2012 Vogel, Melissa A.
Frontier Life in Ancient Peru. University Press Florida.

2011 Vogel, Melissa A.
“Style and Interregional Interaction: Ceramics from the Casma Capital of El Purgatorio.” Ñawpa Pacha: a Journal of Andean Archaeology 31(2): 201-224.

2011 Vogel, Melissa A. and David Pacifico
“Arquitectura de El Purgatorio: Capital de la Cultura Casma.” ANDES 8: Boletín del Centro de Estudios Precolombinos de la Universidad de Varsovia, edited by Milosz Giersz and Ivan Ghezzi, pp. 357-397. Lima: Instituto Frances de Estudios Andinos.

2009 [2007] Vogel, Melissa A. and Percy Vilcherrez
“Proyecto Arqueológico El Purgatorio: Datos Preliminares.” Sian Revista Arqueológica 12(18):21-32.

2005 Vogel, Melissa A.
“Life on the Frontier in Ancient Peru.” Expedition 47(1):25-31.

2004 Vogel, Melissa A. and David Pacifico
“Practicing Public Interest Archaeology in Peru.” Anthropology in Action 11(2/3):44-53.

2003 Vogel, Melissa A.
“Sacred Women in Ancient Peru.” In Ancient Queens: Archaeological Explorations, edited by S.M. Nelson, pp. 117-135. Walnut Creek, CA: Alta Mira Press.

2003 Mackey, Carol J. and Melissa A. Vogel
“La Luna Sobre Los Andes: Una Revisión del Animal Lunar.” In Moche: Hacia el Final del Milenio, Actas del Segundo Coloquio sobre la Cultura Moche, S. Uceda and E. Mujica (eds.), pp. 325-342. Lima: Universidad Nacional de Trujillo and Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú.


Visualization REU project
Frontier Life in Ancient Peru book
Expedition article
Sian article
Anthropology in Action article