Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

John Verano

Professor - Anthropology

Contact Info


  • B.A., Stanford University, Anthropology, 1977
  • M.A., University of California-Los Angeles, Anthropology, 1980
  • Ph.D., University of California-Los Angeles, Anthropology, 1987

Academic Experience

  • Professor, Tulane University, 2009-
  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 2000-2009
  • Visiting Professor, Yale University, 2000
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 1994-2000
  • Assistant Professor, George Washington University, 1992-1994

Research & Teaching Specializations: Peru; Physical Anthropology; Bioarchaeology; Paleopathpology; Forensic Anthropology

Related Experience

  • Co-director of Excavation and Lab Director, Platform III, Pyramids of Moche, northern Peru, 2012
  • Conducted osteological analysis of human skeletal remains from site of Marcajirca, Callejón de Conchucos, Department of Ancash, Peru, 2011
  • Conducted osteological analysis of human skeletal remains from Platform III, Huaca de la Luna, and from excavations at Huaca Prieta, Chicama Valley, 2008-2009
  • Director of Analysis of Human Skeletal Remains, funerary platform at Huaca Rajada/Sipán at the Museo Tumbas Reales de Sipán, Lambayeque, Peru, 2007
  • Visiting Lecturer and Field/Lab Supervisor, Harvard University Summer Program in Tiwanaku, Bolivia, 2006


  • Fellowship in Pre-Columbian Studies, Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, DC, 2006-2007
  • Summer Faculty Research Fellowships, Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University, 1997, 1998, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2011, 2012
  • National Geographic Society Research Grants, 2000-2001, 2005-2006
  • Fulbright Lecturer, Peru, 1989, 1996
  • Performance Award, National Museum of Natural History, Smithsonian Institution, 1993

Languages: Spanish

Selected Publications

  • 2014. Scherer, Andrew, and John W. Verano (editors). Embattled Bodies, Embattled Places: War in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and the Andes. Washington D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Symposia and Colloquia.
  • 2011. “Human Skeletal Remains from Chotuna.” In Chotuna and Chornancap: The Excavation of an Ancient Peruvian Legend. Ed. Christopher B. Donnan. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles, pp. 185-194.
  • 2011. “Estudio bioantropológico de los restos humanos del Sector II, Punta Lobos, valle de Huarmey. With J. Marla Toyne. In Arqueología de la Costa de Ancash. ANDES 8: Boletín del Centro de Estudios Precolombinos de la Universidad de Varsovia. Ed. M. Giersz. pp. 421-446. Varsovia, Poland; Lima Peru: l’Institut français d‘études andines.
  • 2011. “Human Remains.” With Jack Rossen. In From Foraging to Farming in the Andes: New Perspectives on Food Production and Social Organization. Ed. Tom Dillehay. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 163-175.
  • 2008. “Cranioplasty in Ancient Peru: A critical review of the evidence, and a unique case from the Cuzco Area.” With Andrushko, V.A. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology. 18: 1-11.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses: Forensic Anthropology; Principles of Forensic Anthropology; Human Paleopathology; Bones, Bodies and Disease; Bioarchaeology of Mummies

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 8