is the founder and Executive Director of the Sustainable Preservation Initiative
(“SPI”). SPI seeks to preserve the world's cultural heritage by
providing sustainable economic opportunities to poor communities where
endangered archaeological sites are located. SPI believes the best way to
preserve cultural heritage is creating or supporting locally-owned businesses
whose success is tied to that preservation. SPI's grants provide a TWO for the
price of ONE benefit: they create transformative economic opportunities for the
local residents while saving archaeological sites for future generations to
study and enjoy.
Here is a BigThink.com video of Larry describing the SPI paradigm and its success.
Larry has started and run numerous public and private energy companies and has
been very active in national energy policy. He sits on the boards of NRG
Energy and Rurelec PLC. He serves on the Dept. of Homeland Security's
Sustainability and Efficiency Task Force. He writes an energy and
cultural heritage blog
for the Huffington Post. More information on Larry can be found at the blog or here.
research is below and on the other pages.
My present research interests include the Inka empire,
which rapidly expanded through South America during the 15th and 16th
centuries, and the archaeology of ancient performance. I am also
interested in the relationship among belief, ideology and economic
behavior-the behavioral economics of premodern peoples, as well as how
complex societies, states and empires attract followers and grow.
I directed a multidisciplinary project at the monumental Inka site of Inkallakta (Incallacta, Incallajta or Inkallajta, see photo left), located near Cochabamba, Bolivia. This joint project of the University of Pennsylvania and the Universidad Mayor de San Simon, explored the nature of the expansion and the cosmological and ideological underpinnings of the Inka empire, and the role of performance, theatricality and spectacle therein. More information on this project can be found by clicking the Incallajta & Carabaya page of this website. I have also examined these themes at other locations.
This emerging field of the archaeology of performance, which studies the role of theatricality and spectacle in ancient societies, is a central focus of my work. I am co-editor, with Dr. Takeshi Inomata of the University of Arizona, of a volume entitled "Archaeology of Performance: Theater, Power and Community", recently released by Altamira Press. The volume will examine the nature and political implications of theatrical and ceremonial performance at public events in these societies, and features contributions by several eminent archaeologists. For more on this subject click Archaeology of Performance
I utilize digital reconstructions and virtual reality to assist in this study of performance. This is a digital reconstruction of Incallajta's monumental core (near left) and that core as it looks today (far left)
At left is a reconstruction the interior of the site's largest structure, the kallanka. The kallanka as it appears today can be seen on the Incallajta & Carabaya page of this website.
A reconstruction of the site of Incallajta and its topography.
My Archaeology of Performance volume is available!!! Click here for details.
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