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About Diana K Moreiras Reynaga

I have training in anthropological archaeology and bioarchaeology, specializing in Mesoamerican studies. My BA (Hons.) from the University of British Columbia was a major in anthropology, minor in history. During my MA (completed in 2013) at the same institution, I developed skills in carbon and nitrogen isotope analyses of bone collagen, and I applied this method and received training in oxygen and carbon isotope analyses of bone and enamel bioapatite during my PhD (completed in 2019) at The University of Western Ontario. 
My MA research applied stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analyses to study the diets of pre-Columbian peoples in the Soconusco region (Chiapas, México and Guatemala) from the Late Archaic to Postclassic periods. In 2015, I was awarded the Government of Canada’s Vanier Scholarship(SSHRC) for my doctoral research. My PhD project applied stable carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen isotope analyses to study dietary and geographic residential patterns of Aztecs at the residential site of Ecatepec and of Aztec human sacrifices recovered from the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan and the Templo R of Tlatelolco (Basin of Mexico) during the Late Postclassic period. Since August 2020, I serve as the Executive Director of the Canadian Latin American Archaeology Society.

My main research interests involve ancient Mesoamerican foodways and diets; geographic movement of pre-Columbian populations; Aztec society, religion, and decolonizing Aztec human sacrifice; the use of animals in Mesoamerican ritual contexts; the origins and use of Theobroma cacao (chocolate) and maize by pre-Columbian peoples; childhood and children in archaeology; and the forensic application of stable isotopes. 
My research methods include carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen stable isotope analyses of human and animal tissues. In my recent projects, in addition to stable isotopes, I am applying radiogenic isotopes (Sr, Pb) to expand on geographic information of human samples, ancient proteomics to expand our knowledge of Aztec diets, and collagen peptide mass fingerprinting (ZooMS) and ancient DNA analyses for the identification of exotic animal species from Aztec ritual contexts.


Present PhD Candidate, Department of Anthropology, Western University

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Honors and Awards

  • Vanier Scholar (2015-2018)
  • Valedictorian Speaker of 2010 Graduating Class in the Faculty of Arts, UBC
  • Dean’s Outstanding Leadership Award in UBC Community and Beyond (2010)
  • International Leader of Tomorrow Award, UBC (2006-2010)

Contact Information

Department of Anthropology
Social Science Centre
The University of Western Ontario
London, ON, Canada, N6A 3K7
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