Department of Anthropology

Ana María Navas Méndez


M.Sc., Anthropology, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas

National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow; OGS Summer 2019 Dissertation Writing Fellow; University Graduate Continuing Fellow 2020-2021
Ana María Navas Méndez

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Interests


Historical archaeology; Cultural heritage; The role of technology in colonial processes; Material culture; Colonialism and postcolonialism; Indigeneity; Communities of practice; Metals and ceramics; Venezuela; Panama.

Biography


EDUCATION

M.Sc., Anthropology, Centro de Antropología, Instituto Venezolano de Investigaciones Científicas, Venezuela.

B.A., Anthropology, Escuela de Antropología, Facultad de Ciencias Económicas y Sociales, Universidad Central de Venezuela, Venezuela. 

PUBLICATIONS 

Rodríguez-Alegría, Enrique, Scaramelli, Franz and Navas Méndez, Ana María (2015) “Technological Transformations: Adaptationist, Relativist, and Economic Models in Mexico and Venezuela.” In Archaeology of Culture Contact and Colonialism in Spanish and Portuguese America, edited by Pedro Paulo A. Funari and Senatore, Maria Ximena, 53-77. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing.

Navas, Ana María, Scaramelli, Franz, Di Prinzio, Anna, and Scaramelli, Kay (2014) “Tecnologías de colonización: metalurgia en las misiones religiosas del Orinoco, siglo XVIII.” Revista de Arqueología Americana, 32: 129-150.

Navas, Ana María (2007). Desplazamiento por vía terrestre en la primera mitad del siglo XIX en la ciudad de Caracas. In Lecturas antropológicas de Venezuela, edited by Lino Meneses Pacheco, Gladys Gordones, and Jacqueline Clarac de Briceño. Mérida: Editorial Venezolana.

CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS

Navas, Ana (September 1, 2020) Arqueología en tiempos de pandemia: retos y estrategias desde la perspectiva de una arqueóloga venezolana. Paper presented at the online conference Testimonios de la Arqueología en Tiempos de Pandemia: comentarios reales, Factor Cultura, Perú.

Navas, Ana (June 18-21, 2019) Pinturas y cerámica: Caracterización química con LA-ICP-MS de los pigmentos de la cerámica Mendoza y Cortezo Red-Buff del Centro de Panamá. Paper presented at II Congreso de Antropología e Historia de Panamá, Centro de Convenciones de Ciudad del Saber, Panamá.

Navas, Ana (April 11-14, 2019) Tales of extinction: Natives in the narratives of early colonial Panama, historical representations, and archaeology. Paper presented at the 84th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA), Albuquerque.

Navas, Ana (April 1-2, 2016) Agnogenesis about Technology and the Archaeology of Metallurgy in Guayana, Venezuela. Paper presented at New Directions in Anthropology, Graduate Student Conference and Creative Showcase, Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin.

Torrealba, Gabriel and Navas, Ana (March 3-5, 2016) Bolivar´s Sword: Mapoyo narratives, Venezuelan nationalism, and the Mapoyo nomination to UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. Paper presented at ILASSA 36 Annual Student Conference on Latin America, Utopia and Reality: Latin America Confronting Globalization, Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas at Austin, Austin.

Navas, Ana, Scaramelli, Franz, Scaramelli, Kay (April 15-19, 2015) Mythology and technology: Iron in the cosmology of Guayana, Venezuela. Paper presented at the 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA), San Francisco.

Di Prinzio, Anna, Navas, Ana, Scaramelli, Franz, Scaramelli, Kay, and Mejías, Gelin (July 2012) Metalurgia del Siglo XVIII en el Orinoco Medio. Poster presented at XV Venezuelan Conference of Microscopy and Microanalysis (CONVEMI), Coro, Venezuela.

Navas, Ana, Di Prinzio, Anna, Scaramelli, Franz, and Scaramelli, Kay (July 2012) Metalurgia y colonización en las misiones religiosas del Orinoco, Venezuela, siglo XVIII. Paper presented at the Symposia: The Archaeology of Contact in Colonial Period Latin America. International Congress of Americanists, Vienna, Austria.

Navas, Ana, Di Prinzio, Anna, Scaramelli, Franz, and Scarammelli, Kay (June 2011) Colonization and metallurgy in the 18th century Jusuit missions of the Middle Orinoco Basin, Venezuela. Paper presented at the Historical Metallurgy Royalty, Religion and Rust meeting. The Historical Metallurgy Society. Helmsly, Yorkshire, England.

Navas, Ana, Di Prinzio, Anna, and Scaramelli, Franz (November/December 2010) Metalurgia y colonización en las misiones jesuitas del Orinoco Medio, siglo XVIII. Poster presented at the Research Conference and Industrial Academic Conference (Jornadas de Investigación y Encuentro Académico Industrial JIFI-EAI). Facultad de Ingeniería, Universidad Central de Venezuela.

Navas, Ana (June 2007) Los Altos de Pipe: La transformación del paisaje en un área de los Altos Mirandinos. Paper presented at the Internacional Association for Caribbean Archaeology Conference, Jamaica Nacional Heritage Trust.

Navas, Ana (July 2005) Percepción española de la organización social y capacidad bélica de los indígenas del valle de caracas y sus alrededores, en la segunda y primera mitad de los siglos XVI y XVII. Paper presented at the First Latin American Congress of Anthropology (Primer Congreso Latinoamericano de Antropología), Asociación Latinoamericana de Antropología, Facultad de Humanidades y Artes de la Universidad Nacional de Rosario, Argentina.

Navas, Ana (October /November 2004) Desplazamiento por vía terrestre en la primera mitad del siglo XIX en la ciudad de Caracas. Paper presented at the II National Congress of Anthropology (II Congreso Nacional de Antropología), Universidad de Los Andes, Venezuela.

Navas, Ana (June/July 2004) Los petroglifos de la zona Centro-Norte de Venezuela. Poster presented at the First Meeting about Peruvian Rock Art (I Encuentro Peruano de Arte Rupestre EPAR-1), Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú, Perú.

 

Courses


ANT F304 • Intro Archaeol Stds: Prehist

80140 • Summer 2017
Meets MTWTHF 8:30AM-10:00AM SAC 4.174
GC N2

An introduction to archaeology as a discipline.  Three major themes that deal with issues of the past will be covered:

1.  A brief history of the discipline, changing theories about various aspects of the past, and the role that the reconstructions of the past play in national and/or group identities.

2.  A survey of the development of human culture from its beginnings to the rise of civilizations and proto-historical cultures in most areas of the world.  Prehistoric cultures, archaeological sites, and areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe , and the Pacific will be covered.

3.  Archaeological methods of recovery of information about the past.  Scientific procedures involved in excavation, dating, and preservation of the material record.

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