Prof John W. Rick is Associate Professor and Chair of Anthropological Sciences at Stanford University, Curator of Anthropological Collections, and past Director of Stanford’s Archaeology Center. His teaching concentrates on South American archaeology.
For the last 13 years he has directed fieldwork at Chavín de Huántar, a monumental World Heritage site dating to around 1000 BCE. His interests there concentrate on understanding how early religious cults strategized the beginnings of political authority in the Andes. A previous long-term project focused on early hunter-gatherer cave sites in the grasslands of Peru, but he has also done archaeological fieldwork throughout South America and the American Southwest; he is also currently co-directing a major fieldwork project on Preclassic sites near Lake Atitlán in the Guatemalan highlands. He has written and published numerous works in his area of expertise. He has led more than 25 university travel groups to Peru as well as five tours for Archaeological Tours.