Moisés Herrera Parra

Research Interests Maya archaeology, Paleoethnobotany, Foodways, Agricultural systems, Archaeology of food, Archaeology of the senses


Areas of Interest

"My research focuses on diet, foodways, and agricultural practices of the pre-Hispanic Classic Maya (300-900 AD) in the Middle Usumacinta region in Mexico. Using a paleoethnobotanical approach that involves identifying starch grains, phytoliths, and macrobotanical remains, my research aims to comprehend the combinations, cooking techniques, ancient culinary preferences, and their social connotations. Lately, my research has delved into exploring how past ingredients and cooking activities may have stimulated sensory experiences, thereby influencing the daily lives of the Maya people. More broadly, I am interested by the intricate interplay between the senses, food, and agricultural production practices within Maya society."

Previous Degrees

  • B.A. in Archaeology from Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán (2018)

  • M.A. in Anthropology from McMaster University (2023)