Gabriel Silva Collins


B.A. in Anthropology, Williams College

Areas of Interest

Pre-Hispanic Andean archaeology, Inca archaeology, environmental archaeology, borderlands and interregional exchange, wak'as, landscape archaeology


Gabriel Silva Collins earned his B.A. in Anthropology from Williams College in 2019. At Williams, he worked with Antonia Foias to study Aztec religious statues, and completed a thesis project that surveyed the interconnected system of Inca roads between Cusco and Huchuy Qosqo, Peru. Gabriel also worked on Peru's central Coast, excavating the Ichma site of Panquilma with Enrique Lopez Hurtado. His work at UCLA's Cotsen Institute of archaeology continues a focus on the Pre-Hispanic Andes, and examines interregional exchange along the borders of the Inca Empire. Gabriel is especially interested in the relationship between political and environmental borders at the domestic and non-elite scale. 

Field Experience

Proyecto de Investigación Arqueológica Panquilma, Panquilma, Peru

Huchuy Qosqo Road System, Cusco, Peru

Selected Publications

2020 - "Maize Goddesses and Aztec Gender Dynamics." Material Culture Review 88: 1-19

In Press - "The Elephant in the Garden: Bunong Chamkars and Human-Elephant Conflict in Andoung Kraloeng, Cambodia." Gajah: Journal of the Asian Elephant Specialist Group 55.


Williams College Florence Chandler Memorial Fellowship

Williams College Orton Prize for Excellence in Anthropology


Stella Nair 

Jason de León