Alex Geurds

Senior Researcher, archaeological and (ethno)historical correlates of language contact
Alex Geurds

Dr. Geurds is currently Assistant Professor at Leiden University and Assistant Professor Adjunct at the University of Colorado – Boulder. He is an anthropological archaeologist specialized in the pre-Columbian past of Central America and Mexico. He has directed archaeological fieldwork in the Caribbean and Mexico, has conducted postdoctoral research into museum collections in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, Panama and Colombia and currently is Director of the Central Nicaragua Archaeological Project. He has published on the role of archaeological sites and objects in contemporary contexts of state heritage management and local perceptions in Middle America. Currently, he is writing about a book on the Pre-Columbian sculptural tradition in central Nicaragua, co-editing a volume on the Archaeology of Nicaragua (University Press of Colorado), and co-editing the Handbook on Globalization in Archaeology (Routledge). His work critically examines questions about monumentality, materiality and networks of contact in contexts of Mesoamerica and Lower Central America. He is a three-time National Geographic Society grantee, and Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute. He serves as Senior Researcher in the MesoAndLin(g)k project, analyzing the archaeological and (ethno)historical correlates of language contact between Mesoamerica and the Middle Andes.

E-mail: 

a.geurds [at] arch.leidenuniv.nl