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About Ventura R. Perez

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.


Present Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Present Editor-n-Chief Landscapes of Violence, University of Massachusetts Amherst


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Machmer Hall
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Amherst MA, 01003
Tel: 413-577-0662