Mary Jane Acuña, Ph.D.

Mary Jane Acuña received a Licenciatura degree in Archaeology from Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala in 2005, a master’s degree in Latin American Studies from the University of Texas at Austin in 2007, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology from Washington University in St. Louis in 2013. She is also a member of the Edward A. Bouchet Graduate Honor Society. As an active archaeologist in Guatemala since 1998, Mary Jane has worked primarily in the northwestern and northern Petén since 2003 at the sites of El Peru-Waka’, La Corona, El Achiotal, and El Tintal. In 2014, she initiated and continues to direct the El Tintal Archaeological Project. Recent publications by Mary Jane include “Royal Alliances, Ritual Behavior, and Abandonment of the Royal Couple Building at El Peru-Waka’” (2014), in Archaeology at El Peru-Waka’: Ancient Maya Performances of Ritual, Memory and Power edited volume by O. Navarro-Farr and M. Rich, and “Royal Death, Tombs, and Cosmic Landscapes: Early Classic Maya Tomb Murals from Rio Azul, Guatemala” (2016), in Maya Archaeology Vol. 3.