Edward (Ned) Dwyer

Edward (Ned) Dwyer, Professor Emeritus, Rhode Island School of Design

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Edward Dwyer was born in San Francisco. He attended the University of California at Berkeley receiving an AB. in Philosophy in 1965 and a PhD. in Anthropology in 1971.  His dissertation “The Early Inca Occupation of the Valley of Cuzco, Peru” was based on site surveys and excavations in 1968 and 1969 which were supported by a grant from the National Science Foundation.  He taught for a year at California State University, Hayward before relocation to Providence with his first wife Jane P. Dwyer who became the second director of the Haffenreffer Museum in 1972.  He was advised by his dissertation supervisor John H. Rowe to seek a teaching position at RISD which he did and was a faculty member there until his retirement in 2014. He also served as RISD’s Dean of Liberal Arts, Associate Provost, Interim Provost, and Dean of Students.

In 1980 Dwyer received a Senior Fulbright Fellowship to teach in the Archaeology Program at the Universidad de San Antonio Abad in Cuzco and directed excavations of the Minas Pata archaeological site south of Cuzco.  Most of his publications are concerned with Andean archaeology.  Of note, he co-edited with Margot Blum Schevill and Janet Berlot “Textile Traditions of Mesoamerica and the Andes” which compiles papers presented at a Haffenreffer Museum conference in 1990 and is still available in paperback from the University of Texas press. He participated in the 1994 Symposium on the Legal Aspects of the International Trade in Art, and his comments from that symposium were subsequently published in 2000 in “Thinking About the Elgin Marbles”. As Professor Emeritus at RISD he continues to teach courses in the art and archaeology of ancient Mexico and Peru and about looting and the illicit trade of cultural artifacts. Dwyer’s current research interests include Paracas textile iconography, the destruction of archaeological context by looters with the movement of antiquities into private collections and museums, and the rapidly unfolding international efforts to stem that tide.