Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos

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Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Oswaldo Chinchilla Mazariegos’s research focuses on Mesoamerican art, religion, and writing.  He has conducted extensive field research at various sites in Guatemala, focusing especially on the settlement patterns, urbanism, and sculptural art of the Pacific Coastal site of Cotzumalhuapa. He is the author of Cotzumalguapa, la Ciudad Arqueológica: El Baúl-Bilbao-El Castillo (2012), a descriptive introduction to the site and its sculptural corpus. His recent work on Mesoamerican religion and art has resulted in a series of innovative papers, and the books Art and Myth of the Ancient Maya (2017), and Imágenes de la Mitología Maya (2011), which examine mythological themes in Maya, in the light of a broad, comparative assessment of relevant sources that include the Popol Vuh and other narratives from all over Mesoamerica. In 2011, he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship for his work on Cotzumalhuapa art and archaeology.