Faculty » Nawa Sugiyama

Nawa Sugiyama Assistant Professor
Ph.D., 2013, Harvard University

Office: 1309A Watkins Hall
E-mail: nawa.sugiyama[at]ucr[dot]edu

Nawa Sugiyama is an anthropological archaeologist specializing topics pertaining to the construction of ritualized landscapes, human-animal interaction, and the processes and consequences of urbanization in Mesoamerica. Professor Sugiyama received her Ph.D. in Anthropology at Harvard University in 2014 where she continued on to become a Peter Buck Post-doctoral Fellow at the National Museum of Natural History at the Smithsonian Institution and Assistant Professor at George Mason University. She is co-director of Project Plaza of the Columns Complex at the UNESCO world heritage site of Teotihuacan, Mexico where her team is excavating at a central civic-administrative complex in the ceremonial core of the ancient metropolis (http://ppcteotihuacan.org). As a zooarchaeologist and bone isotope specialist, Professor Sugiyama has written extensively about animal management and captivity of ritual apex predators for sacrifice at both Teotihuacan and the Maya center of Copan, Honduras. She is Co-PI of the Archaeological and Biological Anthropology Laboratory and is currently accepting students who want to gain experience in stable isotope processing, zooarchaeological analysis, and archaeological fieldwork.   


Sugiyama, Nawa, William L. Fash, Barbara Fash, and Saburo Sugiyama

in press
The Maya at Teotihuacan? New insights into Teotihuacan-Maya interactions from Plaza of the Columns Complex. Manuscript submitted for volume, Teotihuacan: The World Beyond the City, edited by Kenneth Hirth, Barbara Arroyo, and David Carballo, Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Symposia and Colloquia series, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington, D.C. Submitted and accepted, 2018. 

Sugiyama, Nawa, William L. Fash, and Barbara Fash

Creating the Cosmos, Reifying Power: A Zooarchaeological Investigation of Corporal Animal Forms in the Copa Valley. Manuscript submitted and accepted to Cambridge Archaeological Journal, 29(3):407-426. 

Sugiyama, Nawa, William L. Fash, and Christine France

Jaguar and Puma Captivity and Trade Among the Maya: Stable Isotope Data from Copan, Honduras. PlosONE 13(9):e0202958. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0202958.  

Sugiyama, Nawa, Saburo Sugiyama, and Alejandro Sarabia G.

Revisiting the Sun Pyramid Ceramic and Radiocarbon Dates from Teotihuacan: Comment on Sload. Latin American Antiquity 29(2):398-400. https://doi.org/10.1017/laq.2017.68.

Sugiyama, Nawa, Andrew D. Somerville

FEEDING TEOTIHUACAN: Integrating Approaches to Studying Food and Foodways of the Ancient Metropolis. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 9(1):1-10, special issue Feeding Teotihuacan, edited by Nawa Sugiyama and Andrew D. Somerville. 

Sugiyama Nawa, Raúl Valadez Azúa, and Bernardo Rodríguez Galicia

Faunal Acquisition, Maintenance, and Consumption: How the Teotihuacanos Got Their Meat. Archaeological and Anthropological Sciences 9(1):61-81.

Sugiyama, Nawa, Andrew D. Somerville, and Margaret J. Schoeninger

Stable Isotopes and Zooarchaeology at Teotihuacan, Mexico Reveal Earliest Evidence of Wild Carnivore Management in Mesoamerica. PloSOne 10(9): e0135635.

Sugiyama, Nawa, Gilberto Pérez, Bernardo Rodríguez, Fabiola Torres, and Raúl Valadez

Animals and the State: The Role of Animals in State-Level Rituals in Mesoamerica. In Animals and Inequality in the Ancient World, edited by Sue Ann McCarty and Benjamin Arbuckle, pp.11-31. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

Sugiyama, Nawa, Saburo Sugiyama, and Alejandro Sarabia

Inside the Sun Pyramid at Teotihuacan, Mexico: 2008-2011 Excavations and Preliminary Results. Latin American Antiquity 24(4):403-432.

Sugiyama, Nawa, Raúl Valadez, Gilberto Pérez, Bernardo Rodríguez, and Fabiola Torres

Animal Management, Preparation and Sacrifice: Reconstructing Burial 6 at the Moon Pyramid, Teotihuacan, México. Anthropozoologica, special issue, Animals in Funerary Space, edited by Rose-Marie Arbogast and Sébastien Lepetz, 48(2):467-485.