Alba Menéndez Pereda


Currently PhD Candidate, Archaeology IDP, 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

Inca archaeology, Andean archaeology, landscape archaeology, sensory archaeology, pilgrimages, ritual practices, funerary traditions, understandings of death, memorialization, construction of history, colonialism in the Americas, cross-cultural exchanges


Alba Menéndez Pereda (she/her/hers) is a Ph.D. Candidate at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at the University of California, Los Angeles, where she specializes in Inca archaeology. Her doctoral research focuses on the study of elite funerary practices in the Inca heartland through the early colonial period from a spatial perspective.

Originally from Madrid, Spain, Alba received a B.A. 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 Cotsen Institute, Alba participated in numerous research projects covering various cultures and time periods, for which she conducted fieldwork in England, Italy, and Spain, and worked in a commercial archaeology unit (CRM) in England.

Currently, Alba is the manager of the Andean Lab at the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, and co-organizes the Andean Working Group. Motivated by her interest in public engagement she manages and creates content for the Andean Lab Instagram.

Selected Field Experience

Programa Arqueológico Chincha, Chincha, Peru

Wardell Armstrong Archaeology, Ipswich, England

Medieval Islamic settlement of Madinat Albalat at Romangordo, Cáceres, Spain (CNRS–Université Lumière Lyon 2)

Cerro de la Merced, Cabra, Córdoba, Spain (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid)

“Caves in Context: The Place of Caves in Middle Bronze Age Southern Lazio,” Collepardo and Pastena, Italy (Durham University)

16th-century Abbot’s palace at Bulbuente, Zaragoza, Spain (Durham University)

Binchester Roman Fort, Binchester, England (Durham University)


Teaching Assistant, Art and Architecture of Ancient Americas, Department of Art History, UCLA, Prof. Stella Nair, Spring 2021

Teaching Assistant, Medieval Art, Department of Art History, UCLA, Prof. Sharon Gerstel, Winter 2021

Teaching Assistant, Museum Studies, Department of Art History, UCLA, Prof. Saloni Mathur, Fall 2020

Public Engagement

ComSciCon Los Angeles (April 2021)

Social Media Manager, Institute of Andean Studies (2020–2021)

Workshop Facilitator, “Archaeology at Home!” Explore Your Universe, UCLA (November 2020)

Demonstration Facilitator, “Andean Textile Demonstration,” Annual Open House, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA (May 2019)

Social Media Manager, Andean Lab, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA (2019–present)

Workshop Facilitator, “Adventures in Archaeology: Ancient Andes,” 826LA, Los Angeles (May 2019)

Demonstration Facilitator, Prehistory and Archaeology Day, Festival of Ideas, University of Cambridge (October 2016)


Edilia and François-Auguste de Montêquin Junior Scholar Fellowship, Society of Architectural Historians

Edward A. Dickson Fellowship in the History of Art, Department of Art History, UCLA

Graduate Certificate in Early Modern Studies Summer Mentorship, Center for 17th- & 18th-Century Studies, UCLA

Steinmetz and Friends of Archaeology Research Travel Fund, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, UCLA

Graduate Summer Research Mentorship, Graduate Division, UCLA

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

Birley Bursary Award, Department of Archaeology, Durham University



Dr. Stella Nair