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Dr. Ventura Perez

ABOUT:
Bio-archaeology: My primary area of interest is interpersonal and institutional forms of violence. My 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. I view the use of violence as a cultural performance and argue that in order to understand its use we must strive to recognize the culturally specific circumstances under which it is produced and maintained. My other interests include skeletal biology, taphonomy, forensic anthropology, paleopathology, and the etiology of diseases affecting the human skeleton. My research is currently in Zacatecas, Mexico at the site of La Quemada (AD 900) and in the greater Southwest.

 

 

WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW

RESEARCH/PROJECT LINKS:

Landscapes of Violence

GRAD STUDENTS:

Heidi Bauer-Clapp
• Lisa Rios

CONTACT: vrperez@anthro.umass.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Contact Information:
Department of Anthropology
240 Hicks Way

Laboratories:
Machmer Hall W-12, W14, W16
(W-16) 413-545-380
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