Jordi Rivera Prince

  • PhD Student in Bioarchaeology
  • NASEM Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow
  • MSU University Distinguished Fellow
  • Fulbright Open Research Grantee: Perú 2017-2018


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Curriculum vitae

Research Interests

  • Andean Bioarchaeology
  • Skeletal Biology
  • Dental Anthropology
  • Paleopathology
  • Moche Valley
  • Salinar Culture

Biographical Info

Currently a PhD Student in Bioarchaeology at Michigan State University. My area of focus is defining the Salinar Culture, an ancient maritime culture in the Moche Valley, through skeletal analysis. Prior to beginning my degree, I was a U.S. Fulbright Open Research Fellow in Trujillo, Perú where I conducted skeletal analysis of ancient maritime communities from the Moche Valley. I’ve previously worked as a Federal Contractor to Dr. Doug Owsley at the National Museum of Natural History where I worked on projects related to bioarchaeology of the Colonial Chesapeake. Before working full-time in the Owlsey lab, I was a recipient of the Smithsonian Minority Award which allowed me to study heavy metals in bone in the Owsley Lab. I received my BA from the University of Pennsylvania in 2016, distinctions in Anthropology, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa.

Current Research Projects

I am currently project Bioarchaeologist for the Proyecto Arqueólogo de Huanchaco [PAHUAN] (PI: Dr. Gabriel Prieto, Universidad Nacional de Trujillo, Perú) and Proyecto de Investigación Arqueológica Complejo Lambayeque (PI: Dr. Go Matsumoto, Yamagata University, Japan).