Investigating the Interaction of Biology and Culture Through Analysis of Ancient Mayan Skeletons

Event type: 
15 August 2019

UNSW Pioneer Theatre, AGSM

Dr Stanley Serafin

In this talk, Stan will provide an overview of his research which involves the analysis and interpretation of human skeletal remains from Mayan archaeological sites in Mexico. He has analysed over 700 human skeletons from a variety of Mayan archaeological sites, including caves, large urban ceremonial centres and small rural sites, spanning more than 2000 years of Mayan history. He has used data collected from these skeletons and their archaeological contexts to investigate such questions as the origins of settled village life and social inequality, the role of warfare and drought in the collapse of Mayan civilisation, and the impact of Spanish colonisation on indigenous populations.

Bio: Stan joined UNSW’s Faculty of Medicine as Senior Lecturer in the Department of Anatomy in the School of Medical Sciences in May 2019. He received his PhD in Biological Anthropology from Tulane University in New Orleans USA and his BSc in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He is a biological anthropologist and his primary research specialty is bioarchaeology.