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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

Chair, Senior Fellows Committee (advisory board), Pre-Colombian Studies, Dumbarton Oaks Library and Collections, Washington D.C., 2017-2019 Senior Fellows Committee (advisory board), Pre- Colombian Studies, Dumbarton Oaks Library and Collections, Washington D.C., 2014-2017 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 Research Associate, Department of Anthropology, San Diego Museum of Man, 2009-

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