Dr Lau is a specialist in the arts and archaeology of the Americas, especially of South America and the Central Andes. Recent field projects include: 1) studies at the large fortress-town of Yayno (Pomabamba), focusing on its monumental defensive and residential constructions (AD 400-700), and 2) archaeological survey and ethnographic studies in Pallasca. He is a founding editor of the journal World Art (Taylor and Francis).


Dr Lau received his doctorate from Yale University, and his PhD research focuses on the ancient cultures and societies of Peru's highlands. He joined the Sainsbury Research Unit of the School in 2002, after a Fellowship in Pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks.

Academic Background

B.A., M.A. Archaeological Studies, Yale University (1990)

MPhil, PhD Anthropology; Yale University (2001)

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