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Dr. Diana Moreiras Reynaga: Executive Director

(BA & MA, University of British Columbia; PhD, The University of Western Ontario) is currently a Research Associate at The University of British Columbia and a Bioarchaeologist within the Templo Mayor Project who specializes in Mesoamerican bioarchaeology. Her main research interests include ancient human diets and geographic mobility, stable isotopes, biomolecular techniques, childhood and children in Mesoamerica, the use of animals in Mesoamerican ritual contexts, and the use (environmental, cultural, symbolic) of Theobroma cacao (chocolate) and maize by pre-Columbian peoples across the Americas. Her PhD research involved the study of dietary and residential patterns via multiple stable isotope analyses of adults and subadults sacrificed by the Aztecs (Mexica) at the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan and Templo R of Tlatelolco (Basin of Mexico) during the Late Postclassic period (AD 900-1521). Her research can be found at: https://ubc.academia.edu/DianaMoreiras and https://works.bepress.com/d_moreiras/

Matthew Longstaffe: Financial Director

(BA University of Western Ontario; MA Trent University) is a Doctoral student in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology at the University of Calgary. His ongoing research examines ancient Maya household strategies of integration with socioeconomic institutions. He has conducted archaeological field work in Belize, Mexico, and Ontario. He has also worked in leadership positions at Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry at Western University in the areas of programmatic evaluation, data analysis, continuous quality assurance, and project management. He is currently the Field Director for the Stann Creek Regional Archaeology Project (https://scraparchaeology.com/), Alabama, Stann Creek District, Belize, and a Field Supervisor for the Proyecto Arqueológico Yaxnohcah (PAY), Yaxnohcah, Campeche, Mexico.

Dr. Alec McLellan: Research Director

(BA & MA Trent University, PhD University College London) is a Field Director at Archaeological Services Inc. (ASI), a Research Fellow at Trent University Archaeological Research Centre (TUARC), and a Sessional Instructor at University of Toronto, Mississauga. His research focuses on the development of Precolumbian Maya civilization at Lamanai and Ka’kabish, two sites in northern Belize. He is interested in settlement patterns, paleoenvironmental reconstructions, spatial analysis, geographic information systems, and early complex societies. His PhD dissertation demonstrated that the inhabitants of Lamanai reacted to periods of increased soil erosion and deforestation by managing their agricultural and arboreal resources, striking a balance between settlement growth and an increasing need to exploit the environment.

Dr. Cara Grace Tremain: Events Director

(BA University College London; MA Trent University; PhD University of Calgary) Cara is an Instructor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Langara College in Vancouver, where she teaches classes in Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, and Museum Studies. Her background experience has largely included Maya archaeology, and she has several years’ experience of excavating in Belize. Her research interests include the antiquities market (including looting and trafficking networks, legislation, and auction house sales), museums, and archaeological fakes and forgeries. Her current research focuses on Mesoamerican antiquities in Canadian museum collections. You can view her research at: https://langara.academia.edu/CaraTremain and follow her on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/drcaratremain?lang=en

Amedeo Sghinolfi: Social Media Director

(BA & MA, University of Padova – Italy) is currently a PhD Candidate in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Western Ontario. His ongoing PhD research aims to reconstruct the Prehispanic settlement patterns of the Carabamba Valley, located between the Andes and the Pacific Ocean in Northern Peru. He has conducted archaeological fieldwork in Italy (Aquileia, Sepino, Pilastri di Bondeno), in the Moche and Virú valleys in Northern Peru, and he analyzed Peruvian ceramic artifacts preserved in the Museum of Civilizations (former Pigorini Museum in Rome). His research interests include intergroup interaction, ancient borderlands, settlement patterns, spatial analyses through Geographic Information Systems, remote sensing, ceramic analysis and early state societies. His research can be viewed at: https://westernu.academia.edu/AmedeoSghinolfi

MEMBERS AT LARGE

 

Michael Blake, Department of Anthropology, University of British Columbia

Michael Blake is an anthropological archaeologist who joined the Dept. of Anthropology at UBC in 1986, after completing his Ph.D. at the University of Michigan in 1985. He has carried out archaeological research in Mexico and British Columbia for the past 40+ years. His work in Mexico has focussed on early village life, social and economic organization, including both ethnoarchaeology and archaeology with Maya people in Highland Chiapas. His work on the origins of maize agriculture appears in the book Maize for the Gods: Unearthing the 9,000-Year History of Corn (University of California Press, 2015). He also works with many First Nations elders and community members in the Fraser Valley region of British Columbia—primarily with Sq’éwlets First Nation, Stó:lō Tribal Council, and Stó:lō Nation, whose teachings and history are highlighted in the recently released Sq’éwlets: a Stó:lō-Coast Salish Community in the Fraser River Valley (sponsored by the Virtual Museum of Canada: http://www.digitalsqewlets.ca/).

Kathryn Florence, Independent Scholar

Kathryn Florence is the founder of CLAAS. She conducted her undergraduate work at Purdue University, West Lafayette, graduating in 2017 with an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in Anthropology and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Art History, minoring in Classics. In 2019 Florence received a Master of Arts in Art History from Concordia University, Montreal. Her interests include the intersection of art, power, and the formation of identity in Indigenous art, computational statistical analysis in art historical research, and Teotihuacano interregional interaction. She is currently revising a manuscript of her research about the origin of the Plumed Serpent as a symbol of Teotihuacan common action government for publication.She can be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Her lectures can be found at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC3bRGTYX5Vopt-YmOrQTzBw.

Dr. Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown, Athabasca University

I am an Archaeologist who specializes in the complex societies of Mesoamerica. I received my MA in Artefact Studies from the Institute of Archaeology at the University College London (2004), and my PhD in Archaeology from the University of Calgary (2013) where I am an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology. I am originally from Thunder Bay, ON, but now live in Calgary, Alberta.

My research focuses primarily on ancient settlement development and household activity patterns. I am Principal Investigator of the Stann Creek Regional Archaeology Project (SCRAP), and have worked at several sites in Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. My teaching at AU takes place entirely online and, as a result, I am particularly interested in technology-enabled learning in archaeological pedagogy, education, and outreach.

You can read more about my research at the following sites:

www.anthropology.athabascau.ca/faculty/mbrown.php
www.scraparchaeology.com/
www.sketchfab.com/meaghanp

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