Allen_ARC_photo2Allen Rutherford received a Bachelor of Science in Anthropology from the College of Charleston (CofC) in 2005. While attending CofC, he worked with the Göksu Archaeological Project in Turkey. He helped design the ArcGIS infrastructure for the project and had his first field experience conducting Phase I survey in the Göksu Valley. In 2008, he received a Master’s degree from Northern Illinois University (NIU) in Dekalb, IL. His Master’s thesis focused on analyzing spatial relationships, both geographic and artificial, between Preceramic monumental sites in the Norte Chico region of the Peruvian coast. During his time at NIU he conducted Phase I survey in the Fortaleza and Pativilca valleys in Peru and excavated at two Preceramic monumental sites. Following his time at NIU, Allen began pursuing his Ph.D. in Anthropology at Tulane University in New Orleans, LA in 2008. He is currently in the process of writing his dissertation which focuses on multi-scalar sociopolitical development as it relates to persistent cultural contact, warfare, and environmental fluctuations during the Late Intermediate Period on the Peruvian coast. The focal point of his research is a fortification and domestic center located in the Huaura Valley, Peru where he has conducted fieldwork including survey, mapping, excavation, and materials analysis since 2010. While at Tulane, Allen taught courses on a number of anthropological topics and was a teaching assistant for one season on the Southern Methodist University field school at Pot Creek in Taos, New Mexico. Allen joined AR Consultants, Inc. in 2014 and has been involved in many archaeological projects in Texas, Oklahoma, and Kansas including survey of oil, gas, and water pipelines, urban developments, and parks.