Stan Kinis
Bachelor of Marine Science and Management

Stan Kinis completed his Bachelor Degree in Marine Science and Management with SCU in 2010, and went on to complete a First Class Honours with SCU Geoscience. His Honours Project took him to Greece, where he had the opportunity to research ancient tsunamis and the ancient Mediterranean Harbour of Phalasarna.

Stan’s present PhD project has taken him to the Archaeological site of San Jose de Moro (please add San Jose de Moro Archaeological Project link), in the northern desert of Peru, on the coastal strip between the Andean Mountains and the Pacific and encompasses the study of ceramics (Wari derived) from the periods Late Moche (600-800AD) through to the Transitional (800-1000AD).

“I hope to acquire skills, both in archaeology and archaeometry, as the project involves a crossover study of humanities (archaeology, ethnography, social sciences, economics) and the Geosciences (physico-chemical analysis of materials) and to try to answer a problem well defined in time (7th-11th Century AD) and the geographical area (middle section of the Jequetepeque Valley) around the production of Wari ceramic styles, imported and imitated, from two points of view: (i) techniques to create this ceramic( e.g. archaeometric study of the pigments used in the polychrome decoration of stylistic analysis and comparison between samples imported and imitated at local origin) and (ii) production facilities (location, organization, spatio-temporal relations).

The expected benefits are a better understanding towards the production of Wari ceramic styles in Mochica territory, where ceramic analysis is a barometer of cultural, social and political being during these two phases. With the presence of these artefacts associated with Wari influence, I hope to add to the geopolitical history of this part of the valley and help to understand the endogenous factors that related to the disappearance of the Moche society.”