Diana Karina Moreiras Reynaga

Honorary Research Associate

Research Area

Education

BA, University of British Columbia (UBC), 2010
MA, University of British Columbia (UBC), 2013
PhD, The University of Western Ontario (UWO), 2019

About

I have training in anthropological archaeology and bioarchaeology, specializing in Mesoamerican studies. My BA (Hons.) from the University of British Columbia was a major in anthropology, minor in history. During my MA (completed in 2013) at the same institution, I developed skills in carbon and nitrogen isotope analyses of bone collagen, and I applied this method and received training in oxygen and carbon isotope analyses of bone and enamel bioapatite during my PhD (completed in 2019) at The University of Western Ontario.

 

My MA research applied stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analyses to study the diets of pre-Columbian peoples in the Soconusco region (Chiapas, México and Guatemala) from the Late Archaic to Postclassic periods. In 2015, I was awarded the Government of Canada’s Vanier Scholarship(SSHRC) for my doctoral research. My PhD project applied stable carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen isotope analyses to study dietary and geographic residential patterns of Aztecs at the residential site of Ecatepec and of Aztec human sacrifices recovered from the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan and the Templo R of Tlatelolco (Basin of Mexico) during the Late Postclassic period. Since August 2020, I serve as the Executive Director of the Canadian Latin American Archaeology Society (https://www.claas-canada.com/index.php).


Research

My main research interests involve ancient Mesoamerican foodways and diets; geographic movement of pre-Columbian populations; Aztec society, religion, and decolonizing Aztec human sacrifice; the use of animals in Mesoamerican ritual contexts; the origins and use of Theobroma cacao (chocolate) and maize by pre-Columbian peoples; childhood and children in archaeology; and the forensic application of stable isotopes.

 

My research methods include carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen stable isotope analyses of human and animal tissues. In my recent projects, in addition to stable isotopes, I am applying radiogenic isotopes (Sr, Pb) to expand on geographic information of human samples, ancient proteomics to expand our knowledge of Aztec diets, and collagen peptide mass fingerprinting (ZooMS) and ancient DNA analyses for the identification of exotic animal species from Aztec ritual contexts.


Publications

Journal Articles

Moreiras Reynaga, DK, J Millaire, X Chávez Balderas, JA Román Berrelleza, L López Luján, FJ Longstaffe. (Under review). Residential Patterns of Mexica Human Sacrifices at Mexico-Tenochtitlan and Mexico-Tlatelolco: Evidence from Phosphate Oxygen Isotopes. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology.

 

Moreiras Reynaga, DK, J Millaire, RE García Chávez, FJ Longstaffe. (2020). Aztec Diets at the Residential Site of San Cristobal Ecatepec through Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Analysis of Bone Collagen. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 12(9), 216. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12520-020-01174-3

 

Moreiras Reynaga, DK. (2016). Bioarchaeological Sampling Strategies: Reflection on First Sampling Experience at the Templo Mayor Museum in Mexico City. Totem: The University of Western Ontario Journal of Anthropology 24(1): Article 2. http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/totem/vol24/iss1/2

 

Book Chapters

Chávez Balderas, X, DK Moreiras Reynaga, and D Bustos Ríos. (Under review). The Heartland of the Empire: Studying the Aztecs. In The Handbook of Mesoamerican Bioarchaeology, edited by V. Tiesler. Routledge.

 

Chávez Balderas, X, DK Moreiras Reynaga, FJ Longstaffe, L López Luján, SA Hendricks, and RK Wayne. (In press). Los Lobos de Tenochtitlan: Identificación, Cautiverio y Uso Ritual [The Wolves of Tenochtitlan: Identification, Captivity, and Ritual Use]. In Los Animales y el Recinto Sagrado de Tenochtitlan, edited by L. López Luján and E. Matos Moctezuma. El Colegio Nacional, Mexico City.

 

Online Databases

Blake, M, R Wallace, N Jakobsen, DK Moreiras Reynaga, T Powis, S Zarrillo, F Valdez, L Grivetti, N Gaikwad. (2012). Ancient Cacao Map, Version 1.0: An Online Database and Mapping Program for Studying the Archaeology of Cacao in the Americas. http://en.ancientcacao.com/. Laboratory of Archaeology, The University of B.C., Vancouver.

 

Blake, M, B Benz, R Wallace, N Jakobsen, S Formosa, K Supernant, DK Moreiras Reynaga, A Wong. (2012). Ancient Maize Map, Version 1.1: An Online Database and Mapping Program for Studying the Archaeology of Maize in the Americas. http://en.ancientmaize.com/. Laboratory of Archaeology, The University of B.C., Vancouver.


Awards

Doctoral Excellence Research Award (2016–2017), School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, The University of Western Ontario, Canada.

 

Research at Western Award (2015–2018), The University of Western Ontario, Canada.

 

Vanier Scholar (2015–2018), Vanier Graduate Canada Scholarship, Government of Canada.

 

Western Graduate Research Scholarship (2013–2017), The University of Western Ontario, Canada.

 

International Tuition Scholarship (2010–2013), The University of B. C., Canada.

 

Faculty of Arts Graduate Entrance Award (2010–2011), The University of B. C., Canada.

 

Dean’s Outstanding Leadership Award in the UBC Community and Beyond (2010), The University of B. C., Canada.


Current Research Projects

  •  I’m collaborating with the Templo Mayor Project (INAH) directed by Dr. L. López Luján, Dr. F. J. Longstaffe (UWO), and Dr. R. McMillan (UBC/VUB) to analyze human samples via stable carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen isotopes as well as radiogenic isotopes to obtain dietary and geographic information about individuals recovered in the ritual offerings  at the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan.
  • “Letting the Cats out of the Bag: Taxonomic Identification of Felids from Offerings at the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan”, with Dr. L. López Luján and I. Elizalde Mendez (Templo Mayor Project, INAH), and Dr. C. Speller (UBC).
  • Contributor with co-author Dr. C. Tremain in the “100 Histories of 100 Worlds in 1 Object Project” (https://100histories100worlds.org/).
  • I’m collaborating with my UBC colleagues Drs. M. Blake, C. Speller, S. Zarrillo, D. Weis, and R. McMillan on a new project to gain insights on the origins and use of Theobroma cacao (chocolate) in the Americas by analyzing ceramics from sites in northern South America, Central America, and Mexico.

Diana Karina Moreiras Reynaga

Honorary Research Associate

BA, University of British Columbia (UBC), 2010
MA, University of British Columbia (UBC), 2013
PhD, The University of Western Ontario (UWO), 2019

I have training in anthropological archaeology and bioarchaeology, specializing in Mesoamerican studies. My BA (Hons.) from the University of British Columbia was a major in anthropology, minor in history. During my MA (completed in 2013) at the same institution, I developed skills in carbon and nitrogen isotope analyses of bone collagen, and I applied this method and received training in oxygen and carbon isotope analyses of bone and enamel bioapatite during my PhD (completed in 2019) at The University of Western Ontario.

 

My MA research applied stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analyses to study the diets of pre-Columbian peoples in the Soconusco region (Chiapas, México and Guatemala) from the Late Archaic to Postclassic periods. In 2015, I was awarded the Government of Canada’s Vanier Scholarship(SSHRC) for my doctoral research. My PhD project applied stable carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen isotope analyses to study dietary and geographic residential patterns of Aztecs at the residential site of Ecatepec and of Aztec human sacrifices recovered from the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan and the Templo R of Tlatelolco (Basin of Mexico) during the Late Postclassic period. Since August 2020, I serve as the Executive Director of the Canadian Latin American Archaeology Society (https://www.claas-canada.com/index.php).

My main research interests involve ancient Mesoamerican foodways and diets; geographic movement of pre-Columbian populations; Aztec society, religion, and decolonizing Aztec human sacrifice; the use of animals in Mesoamerican ritual contexts; the origins and use of Theobroma cacao (chocolate) and maize by pre-Columbian peoples; childhood and children in archaeology; and the forensic application of stable isotopes.

 

My research methods include carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen stable isotope analyses of human and animal tissues. In my recent projects, in addition to stable isotopes, I am applying radiogenic isotopes (Sr, Pb) to expand on geographic information of human samples, ancient proteomics to expand our knowledge of Aztec diets, and collagen peptide mass fingerprinting (ZooMS) and ancient DNA analyses for the identification of exotic animal species from Aztec ritual contexts.

Journal Articles

Moreiras Reynaga, DK, J Millaire, X Chávez Balderas, JA Román Berrelleza, L López Luján, FJ Longstaffe. (Under review). Residential Patterns of Mexica Human Sacrifices at Mexico-Tenochtitlan and Mexico-Tlatelolco: Evidence from Phosphate Oxygen Isotopes. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology.

 

Moreiras Reynaga, DK, J Millaire, RE García Chávez, FJ Longstaffe. (2020). Aztec Diets at the Residential Site of San Cristobal Ecatepec through Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Analysis of Bone Collagen. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 12(9), 216. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12520-020-01174-3

 

Moreiras Reynaga, DK. (2016). Bioarchaeological Sampling Strategies: Reflection on First Sampling Experience at the Templo Mayor Museum in Mexico City. Totem: The University of Western Ontario Journal of Anthropology 24(1): Article 2. http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/totem/vol24/iss1/2

 

Book Chapters

Chávez Balderas, X, DK Moreiras Reynaga, and D Bustos Ríos. (Under review). The Heartland of the Empire: Studying the Aztecs. In The Handbook of Mesoamerican Bioarchaeology, edited by V. Tiesler. Routledge.

 

Chávez Balderas, X, DK Moreiras Reynaga, FJ Longstaffe, L López Luján, SA Hendricks, and RK Wayne. (In press). Los Lobos de Tenochtitlan: Identificación, Cautiverio y Uso Ritual [The Wolves of Tenochtitlan: Identification, Captivity, and Ritual Use]. In Los Animales y el Recinto Sagrado de Tenochtitlan, edited by L. López Luján and E. Matos Moctezuma. El Colegio Nacional, Mexico City.

 

Online Databases

Blake, M, R Wallace, N Jakobsen, DK Moreiras Reynaga, T Powis, S Zarrillo, F Valdez, L Grivetti, N Gaikwad. (2012). Ancient Cacao Map, Version 1.0: An Online Database and Mapping Program for Studying the Archaeology of Cacao in the Americas. http://en.ancientcacao.com/. Laboratory of Archaeology, The University of B.C., Vancouver.

 

Blake, M, B Benz, R Wallace, N Jakobsen, S Formosa, K Supernant, DK Moreiras Reynaga, A Wong. (2012). Ancient Maize Map, Version 1.1: An Online Database and Mapping Program for Studying the Archaeology of Maize in the Americas. http://en.ancientmaize.com/. Laboratory of Archaeology, The University of B.C., Vancouver.

Doctoral Excellence Research Award (2016–2017), School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, The University of Western Ontario, Canada.

 

Research at Western Award (2015–2018), The University of Western Ontario, Canada.

 

Vanier Scholar (2015–2018), Vanier Graduate Canada Scholarship, Government of Canada.

 

Western Graduate Research Scholarship (2013–2017), The University of Western Ontario, Canada.

 

International Tuition Scholarship (2010–2013), The University of B. C., Canada.

 

Faculty of Arts Graduate Entrance Award (2010–2011), The University of B. C., Canada.

 

Dean’s Outstanding Leadership Award in the UBC Community and Beyond (2010), The University of B. C., Canada.

  •  I’m collaborating with the Templo Mayor Project (INAH) directed by Dr. L. López Luján, Dr. F. J. Longstaffe (UWO), and Dr. R. McMillan (UBC/VUB) to analyze human samples via stable carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen isotopes as well as radiogenic isotopes to obtain dietary and geographic information about individuals recovered in the ritual offerings  at the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan.
  • “Letting the Cats out of the Bag: Taxonomic Identification of Felids from Offerings at the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan”, with Dr. L. López Luján and I. Elizalde Mendez (Templo Mayor Project, INAH), and Dr. C. Speller (UBC).
  • Contributor with co-author Dr. C. Tremain in the “100 Histories of 100 Worlds in 1 Object Project” (https://100histories100worlds.org/).
  • I’m collaborating with my UBC colleagues Drs. M. Blake, C. Speller, S. Zarrillo, D. Weis, and R. McMillan on a new project to gain insights on the origins and use of Theobroma cacao (chocolate) in the Americas by analyzing ceramics from sites in northern South America, Central America, and Mexico.

Diana Karina Moreiras Reynaga

Honorary Research Associate

BA, University of British Columbia (UBC), 2010
MA, University of British Columbia (UBC), 2013
PhD, The University of Western Ontario (UWO), 2019

I have training in anthropological archaeology and bioarchaeology, specializing in Mesoamerican studies. My BA (Hons.) from the University of British Columbia was a major in anthropology, minor in history. During my MA (completed in 2013) at the same institution, I developed skills in carbon and nitrogen isotope analyses of bone collagen, and I applied this method and received training in oxygen and carbon isotope analyses of bone and enamel bioapatite during my PhD (completed in 2019) at The University of Western Ontario.

 

My MA research applied stable carbon and nitrogen isotope analyses to study the diets of pre-Columbian peoples in the Soconusco region (Chiapas, México and Guatemala) from the Late Archaic to Postclassic periods. In 2015, I was awarded the Government of Canada’s Vanier Scholarship(SSHRC) for my doctoral research. My PhD project applied stable carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen isotope analyses to study dietary and geographic residential patterns of Aztecs at the residential site of Ecatepec and of Aztec human sacrifices recovered from the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan and the Templo R of Tlatelolco (Basin of Mexico) during the Late Postclassic period. Since August 2020, I serve as the Executive Director of the Canadian Latin American Archaeology Society (https://www.claas-canada.com/index.php).

My main research interests involve ancient Mesoamerican foodways and diets; geographic movement of pre-Columbian populations; Aztec society, religion, and decolonizing Aztec human sacrifice; the use of animals in Mesoamerican ritual contexts; the origins and use of Theobroma cacao (chocolate) and maize by pre-Columbian peoples; childhood and children in archaeology; and the forensic application of stable isotopes.

 

My research methods include carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen stable isotope analyses of human and animal tissues. In my recent projects, in addition to stable isotopes, I am applying radiogenic isotopes (Sr, Pb) to expand on geographic information of human samples, ancient proteomics to expand our knowledge of Aztec diets, and collagen peptide mass fingerprinting (ZooMS) and ancient DNA analyses for the identification of exotic animal species from Aztec ritual contexts.

Journal Articles

Moreiras Reynaga, DK, J Millaire, X Chávez Balderas, JA Román Berrelleza, L López Luján, FJ Longstaffe. (Under review). Residential Patterns of Mexica Human Sacrifices at Mexico-Tenochtitlan and Mexico-Tlatelolco: Evidence from Phosphate Oxygen Isotopes. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology.

 

Moreiras Reynaga, DK, J Millaire, RE García Chávez, FJ Longstaffe. (2020). Aztec Diets at the Residential Site of San Cristobal Ecatepec through Stable Carbon and Nitrogen Isotope Analysis of Bone Collagen. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 12(9), 216. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12520-020-01174-3

 

Moreiras Reynaga, DK. (2016). Bioarchaeological Sampling Strategies: Reflection on First Sampling Experience at the Templo Mayor Museum in Mexico City. Totem: The University of Western Ontario Journal of Anthropology 24(1): Article 2. http://ir.lib.uwo.ca/totem/vol24/iss1/2

 

Book Chapters

Chávez Balderas, X, DK Moreiras Reynaga, and D Bustos Ríos. (Under review). The Heartland of the Empire: Studying the Aztecs. In The Handbook of Mesoamerican Bioarchaeology, edited by V. Tiesler. Routledge.

 

Chávez Balderas, X, DK Moreiras Reynaga, FJ Longstaffe, L López Luján, SA Hendricks, and RK Wayne. (In press). Los Lobos de Tenochtitlan: Identificación, Cautiverio y Uso Ritual [The Wolves of Tenochtitlan: Identification, Captivity, and Ritual Use]. In Los Animales y el Recinto Sagrado de Tenochtitlan, edited by L. López Luján and E. Matos Moctezuma. El Colegio Nacional, Mexico City.

 

Online Databases

Blake, M, R Wallace, N Jakobsen, DK Moreiras Reynaga, T Powis, S Zarrillo, F Valdez, L Grivetti, N Gaikwad. (2012). Ancient Cacao Map, Version 1.0: An Online Database and Mapping Program for Studying the Archaeology of Cacao in the Americas. http://en.ancientcacao.com/. Laboratory of Archaeology, The University of B.C., Vancouver.

 

Blake, M, B Benz, R Wallace, N Jakobsen, S Formosa, K Supernant, DK Moreiras Reynaga, A Wong. (2012). Ancient Maize Map, Version 1.1: An Online Database and Mapping Program for Studying the Archaeology of Maize in the Americas. http://en.ancientmaize.com/. Laboratory of Archaeology, The University of B.C., Vancouver.

Doctoral Excellence Research Award (2016–2017), School of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies, The University of Western Ontario, Canada.

 

Research at Western Award (2015–2018), The University of Western Ontario, Canada.

 

Vanier Scholar (2015–2018), Vanier Graduate Canada Scholarship, Government of Canada.

 

Western Graduate Research Scholarship (2013–2017), The University of Western Ontario, Canada.

 

International Tuition Scholarship (2010–2013), The University of B. C., Canada.

 

Faculty of Arts Graduate Entrance Award (2010–2011), The University of B. C., Canada.

 

Dean’s Outstanding Leadership Award in the UBC Community and Beyond (2010), The University of B. C., Canada.

  •  I’m collaborating with the Templo Mayor Project (INAH) directed by Dr. L. López Luján, Dr. F. J. Longstaffe (UWO), and Dr. R. McMillan (UBC/VUB) to analyze human samples via stable carbon, nitrogen, and oxygen isotopes as well as radiogenic isotopes to obtain dietary and geographic information about individuals recovered in the ritual offerings  at the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan.
  • “Letting the Cats out of the Bag: Taxonomic Identification of Felids from Offerings at the Templo Mayor of Tenochtitlan”, with Dr. L. López Luján and I. Elizalde Mendez (Templo Mayor Project, INAH), and Dr. C. Speller (UBC).
  • Contributor with co-author Dr. C. Tremain in the “100 Histories of 100 Worlds in 1 Object Project” (https://100histories100worlds.org/).
  • I’m collaborating with my UBC colleagues Drs. M. Blake, C. Speller, S. Zarrillo, D. Weis, and R. McMillan on a new project to gain insights on the origins and use of Theobroma cacao (chocolate) in the Americas by analyzing ceramics from sites in northern South America, Central America, and Mexico.