Edgar Alarcón

Job Title: Graduate Student

Highest Degree Earned: B.A.

Edgar Alarcón

Edgar is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Anthropology specializing in archaeology and bioarchaeology. He graduated from the University of Chicago with a bachelor’s degree in Anthropology. His research focus includes human physical activity, subsistence, and population variation as studied through cross-sectional geometry, stable-isotopic methods, phytolith analysis, and morphological dental and cranial variation.

Edgar’s current research draws from a rich historic record of Indigenous and European writers to examine a series of early Colonial skeletons from the rural edges of southern Mexico City. By considering a summary of physical activity and diet recorded in bone, Edgar aims to interpret the lived experiences of past individuals. Current research using cross-sectional properties identifies agricultural methods likely used in 16th century Mexico City. Current biodistance research on dental morphological variation demonstrates incipient mestizaje, or cultural and biological confluence, that came to characterize Mexican and Latin American populations for centuries after Indigenous-European contact.