Ventura R. Pérez

Ventura Perez studies bio-archaeology with a primary area of interest in interpersonal and institutional forms of violence. His work focuses on cultural representations of violence using an interdisciplinary inquiry that includes social science and behavioral and biological research (specifically skeletal trauma), along with the analysis of artifacts and ethnohistoric research. Perez views the use of violence as a cultural performance and argues that in order to understand its use we must strive to recognize the culturally specific circumstances under which it is produced and maintained. Other areas of interest include skeletal biology, taphonomy, forensic anthropology, paleopathology, and the etiology of diseases affecting the human skeleton. Perez’ research is currently based in Zacatecas, Mexico at the site of La Quemada (AD 900) and in the greater Southwest.

Recent Publications: 

  • Ventura R. Pérez, Editor-in-Chief. Landscapes of Violence: An Interdisciplinary Journal Devoted to the Study of Violence, Conflict, and Trauma, http://scholarworks.umass.edu/lov.
  • Debra L. Martin, Ryan P. Harrod, and Ventura R. Pérez, eds. 2013. The Bioarchaeology of Violence. Gainesville: University Press of Florida.

Keywords: violence, archaeology, ritualized violence and warfare, ancient societies, violence, human experience, interrelationships between society and violence, trans-disciplinary research