Alba Menéndez Pereda







Education

BA in Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations from Durham University (UK) 

M.Phil. in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge

Areas of Interest

Andean Archaeology

Profile

Alba Menéndez Pereda, originally from Madrid, Spain, received a BA in Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations from Durham University (UK) in 2016. In 2017, she graduated with an M.Phil. in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge. In her master’s dissertation she discussed the evolution of Aztec funerary practices until the Spanish conquest and early colonial period. Alba has participated in numerous research projects covering various cultures and time periods, for which she conducted fieldwork in England, Italy, and Spain. Before joining the Cotsen Institute, she worked in a commercial archaeology unit (CRM) in England. Alba’s primary research interests include the archaeology of colonialism and postcolonial theory, issues of identity, cultural exchange, and the development of syncretic practices in the Americas. At UCLA, Alba’s research, under the supervision of Dr. Stella Nair, will focus on the study of imperial Inca funerary practices in the Inca heartland to discern how these evolved during the early colonial period.