Ian Roa

  • PhD Student - Archaeology

Ian Roa’s research explores human – animal relationships in ancient Maya civilization using faunal assemblages from highly charged ritual contexts. To do so, he will draw on contemporary social zooarchaeological perspectives and on approaches revealing animal osteobiographies using isotope analysis. He seeks to understand how animals conceptualized in Maya worldview embodied a medium between nature and supernatural entities and, moreover, how their acquisition and ceremonial use among religious practitioners sought to deal with ecological fluctuations and political crisis through ritual.

Degrees and Education

BA –Anthropology / History - University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP)