Anthropology, College of Arts & Sciences
UE East Hall 326
I am an archaeologist who works at the site of Chavin de Huantar in the Peruvian Andes. My work focuses on the ecological, agricultural, economic, and ritual practices of Andean peoples. Prior to coming to USD I was a post-doctoral fellow at Stanford from 2010-2011.
Anthropology, pedagogy, increased access of underrepresented populations, interactive learning, and collaboration across departments. Teach for America alumus, 1999-2001.
Andean Archaeology, Historical Ecology, Sustainability, Agriculture, Ritual, and Food.
- Ph D, Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley, 2010
- MA, Anthropology, University of California at Berkeley, 2004
- BA, Anthropology, University of Chicago, 1999
- undergraduate research advisor, CURCA, (2013 - 2013)
- Paleoethnobotanical Research, Templeton Foundation, (2012 - 2014)
- Travel Grant , Arts and Sciences, (2013 - 2013)
- TRACK to Success , Office of Sponsored Research and Programs, (2012 - 2012)
- Conservation Fellow, Global Heritage Fund, (2011 - 2012)
- Arts and Sciences Travel Grant, Arts and Sciences, (2011 - 2012)
- Digital Methods in Archaeology, Center for Teaching and Learning, (2011 - 2011)
- CURCA Research Grant, CURCA, (2011 - 2011)
- Graduate Research Fellowship, NSF, (2003 - 2008)
- Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant- Ecology, Ritual, and Agriculture at Chavín de Huántar, NSF, (2005 - 2006)
- Graduate Research Fellowship Summer Travel Grant, NSF, (2004 - 2004)
- Sayre, M., A Synonym for Sacred: Vilca use in the Pre-hispanic Andes, University of Florida Press.
- Sayre, M., (2012), An Andean domesticate adapts to climate change, Proceedings of the South Dakota Academy of Science, vol. 91, pp. 25-31.
- Sayre, M., (2012), A Marked Preference: Chicha de molle and Huari State Consumption Practices, Nawpa Pacha/Left Coast Press, vol. 32, iss. 2, pp. 231-258.
- Cane, R., Cuthrell, R., Sayre, M., Soluri, E., Hastorf, C., (2012), The life of building 3 through plant use: The macrobotanical evidence of Neolithic dwelling from the Berkeley Archaeology at Catalhoyuk (BACH) excavation 1997-2003", Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA.
- Sayre, M., Archaeobotany of Plant Food Processing and Nutrition in Environmental Archaeology, Springer Press.
- Sayre, M., Ceremonial Plants in the Andean Region, European Science Foundation/Early Agricultural Remnants and Technical Heritage Program.
- Rick, J., Mesia, C., Rick, R., Kembel, S., Contreras, D., Sayre, M., Wolf, J., (2011), La Cronología de Chavín de Huántar y sus implicancias para el Periodo Formativo, Fondo Editorial Pontifica Universidad Catolica Peruana, vol. 12.
- Sayre, M., Lopez Aldave, N., (2010), Andean Past, vol. 9, pp. 340-345.
- Sayre, M., (2007), Chronicling Indigenous Accounts of the Emergence of Agriculture in the Americas, Left Coast Press, vol. One World Series.
Awards and Honors:
- Belbas-Larson Teaching Award Nominee, USD, 2013
- Sayre, M. From the Andes to the Plains: plant use across the ancient Americas. Presented at the South Dakota Archaeological Society, Vermillion, SD.
- Sayre, M. (2012, April). Household versus ritual plant use at Conchopata: a Huari, Middle Horizon, center in Ayacucho, Peru. Presented at the Society for American Archaeology.
- Sayre, M. (2012, February). Life at Chavin de Huantar, a 3000 year old temple in Peru. Presented at the Third Sunday Archaeology Talks, Augustana College, Sioux Falls SD.
- Sayre, M. (2011, October). Historical Ecology and Sustainability at Chavin de Huantar, Peru. Presented at the Lunch time talk series, Beacom Hall.