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Due to popular demand, we’ve added an additional lecture by archaeologist Nawa Sugiyama (Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, George Mason University) who will present a 40-minute lecture on the sacred animals, sacred places, and ritualized landscapes at Teotihuacan.
Nawa Sugiyama joined the Sociology and Anthropology Department as Assistant Professor at George Mason University in Spring, 2016. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology at Harvard University in 2014, where she continued on to become a Peter Buck Post-doctoral Fellow at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution. For her dissertation, professor Sugiyama documented the earliest evidence of carnivore management in Mesoamerica at the site of Teotihuacan where pumas, jaguars, wolves, golden eagles and rattlesnakes were sacrificed. Post-doctoral work on the felids associated with Altar Q in Copan, Honduras also demonstrated a wider practice of managing wild carnivores for ritualistic purposes. In both cases, she combines zooarchaeological and isotopic data to reconstruct how past human-animal encounters were integral components of the cosmological and socio-political landscape. Currently, she is co-director of the Project Plaza of the Columnas Complex at Teotihuacan, Mexico where they are excavating a principal palatial structure in the ceremonial core. Professor Sugiyama has conducted her fieldwork, lab work and writing with the support from various institutions including the National Science Foundation, the Smithsonian Institution, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Harvard University, and the Fulbright Foundation.
Mexico, Anahuac, Teotihuacan, Moon Pyramid. (Photo by: Eye Ubiquitous/UIG via Getty Images)