Faculty » Kenichiro Tsukamoto

Kenichiro Tsukamoto

Assistant professor
Ph.D., 2014, University of Arizona

Office: 1340 Watkins Hall
Phone: (951) 827-2052
E-mail: kenichiro.tsukamoto@ucr.edu

Professor Tsukamoto is an anthropological archaeologist who received his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2014. His research centers on the interplay between social relations and embodied practices that are reflected in the spatial and material settings of early complex societies. He seeks to refine different theoretical and methodological approaches in order to better understand the nature of power and ideology; the intersection of social change and theatrical performance; and the materiality of social inequality. Methodological interests include spatial analysis, material analyses through petrographic microscopy and particle-induces X-ray emission (PIXE), and epigraphic studies. He currently conducts fieldwork in the Maya lowlands of southern Mexico where he has directed the El Palmar Archaeological Project since 2007. This project examines the urbanization processes resulting from the mutual entanglement between public and private practices in El Palmar during the Classic period (ca. A.D. 250-950).


Tsukamoto, Kenichiro and Takeshi Inomata (ed.) (2014) Mesoamerican Plazas: Arenas of Community and Power, 280 pp. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Tsukamoto, Kenichiro, Javier López Camacho, Luz Evelia Campaña Valenzuela, Hirokazu Kotegawa, and Octavio Esparza Olguín (2015) Political Interactions among Social Actors: Spatial Organization at the Classic Maya Polity of El Palmar, Campeche, Mexico. Latin American Antiquity 26:200-220.

Tsukamoto, Kenichiro and Octavio Q. Esparza Olguín (2015) Ajpach’ Waal: The Hieroglyphic Stairway of the Guzmán Group of El Palmar, Campeche, Mexico, in Maya Archaeology 3, edited by Charles Golden, Stephen Houston, and Joel Skidmore, pp. 30-55. Precolumbian Mesoweb Press, San Francisco.