Melissa Galván Bernal

Maya at the Lago Presenter

I am a Ph.D. student in the Anthropology Department at Tulane University. My research interests are Mesoamerican prehistory, the role of monumentality and ideology in early sociopolitical developments, as well as the symbolism and use of caves among ancient societies.

I have worked in different projects in Mexico, and since 2005 I have conducted archaeological investigations in the Yucatan Peninsula. Currently, I am carrying out research in Middle Preclassic contexts (800 BC-450 BC) in different sites within the Yaxhom Valley, Yucatan.