Syon Vasquez


PhD (in progress), Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles

BA (2020), Anthropology, University of South Florida

Areas of Interest

Andean archaeology, Mesoamerican archaeology, historical archaeology


Syon Vasquez is a Ph.D. student in the Interdepartmental Archaeology Program at the University of California, Los Angeles.

Prior to arriving at UCLA, Syon received his BA in anthropology from the University of South Florida. While completing his BA he participated in fieldwork at several Classic and Postclassic Maya sites in the southern Maya lowlands. Additionally, during his final year of undergraduate study, Syon completed a thesis project in which he analyzed ancient figural geoglyphs associated with the Paracas culture on the southern Andean coast. As part of his studies at UCLA, Syon is currently undertaking an MA thesis project in which he is examining Creole architecture during the colonial period in Belize. 

Syon serves as a co-organizer of the Architecture Working Group and is also a member of both the Andean Lab and Architecture Lab at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology.

Field Experience

Programa Arqueológico Chincha, Chincha, Southern Peru

Historical Ecology of Ancient Tampa Bay, Southeastern United States

Maya Research Program, Northwestern Belize

Belize Valley Area Reconnaissance, Western Belize


English, native

Spanish, intermediate


American Philosophical Society, Lewis and Clark Fund

Wenner-Gren Foundation, Wadsworth International Fellowship 

Sigma Xi, Grant in Aid of Research  


Dr. Stella Nair and Dr. Richard Lesure