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John Verano


  • 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


  • Carol Lavin Bernick Faculty Grant Program for fieldwork in Peru, Summer 2017
  • COR Faculty International Travel Grant / Bernick Faculty Fund of Tulane: travel to 9th World Congress on Mummy Studies, Lima Peru., August 2016
  • Lurcy Grant to help support my field project in Peru, Summer 1012
  • CELT Fund for Faculty-Student Scholarly and Artistic Engagement Grant. Center for Engaged Learning and Teaching, Tulane University, 2011
  • Tulane Research Enhancement Fund Grant, Program 1, Phase II (Fieldwork in Peru), 2007
  • 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


  • Spanish
  • Italian

Overseas Experience

  • Peru
  • Chile
  • Mexico

Related Experience

Selected Publications

  • 2017. “Exostosis en el conducto auditivo externo y las importantes contribuciones de Duccio Bonavia a su studio.” Revista Histórica (Instituto Histórica del Perú), Homenaje especial a Duccio Bonavia Berber. Editor, Elmo Leon Canales. Vol XLVII
  • 2017. “Chapter 8. Bioarchaeology of the Huaca Prieta Remains,” and “Appendix 10: Human Skeletal Remains from Various Excavations.” With Anne Titelbaum. Where the Land Meets the Sea: Fourteen Millennia of Human Prehistory on the North Coast of Peru. Editor
  • 2017. “La bioarqueología de la Guerra.” Arqueología Mexicana. 24(143): 36-42.
  • 2016. “Differential Diagnosis: Trepanation.” International Journal of Paleopathology. 14:1-9.
  • 2016. Holes in the Head, The Art and Archaeology of Trepanation in Ancient Peru. Washington, D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collections Studies in Pre-Columbian Art and Archaeology Number 38.

Recently-Taught Latin American-Related Courses:

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


Stone Center Departments

The Stone Center

People Classification


Tulane Affiliation

Core Faculty


South America