Alba Menéndez Pereda


2018-Present PhD Student, Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles
2017 MPhil, Archaeology of the Americas, University of Cambridge
2016 BA, Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations, Durham University

Areas of Interest

Andean archaeology, Landscape archaeology, Experiential/Sensorial archaeology, Colonialism in the Americas, Inca archaeology, Cross-cultural exchanges, Memorialization, Ritual practices, Funerary traditions, Spatial theory


Alba Menéndez Pereda, originally from Madrid, Spain, received a BA in Archaeology and Ancient Civilizations from Durham University in 2016. In 2017, she graduated with an M.Phil. in Archaeology from the University of Cambridge specializing in the Archaeology of the Americas. Prior to joining the UCLA Cotsen Institute of Archaeology in 2018, Alba participated in numerous research projects covering various cultures and time periods, for which she conducted fieldwork in England, Italy, and Spain. Additionally, she worked in a commercial archaeology unit (CRM) in England.

At UCLA, Alba works under the supervision of Dr. Stella Nair on the study of imperial Inca funerary practices in the Inca heartland through the early colonial period.

Alba is an active member of the Andean Lab, and a co-organizer of the Indigenous Material and Visual Culture in the Americas Working Group, hosted by the UCLA Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies.

Field Experience

Spain, England, Italy, and Peru


2018-2020 Fellowship for Postgraduate Studies in North America and Asia-Pacific, “la Caixa” Foundation, Spain


Dr. Stella Nair