Anthropology at Tulane University
Dinwiddie Hall 101
6826 St. Charles Ave
New Orleans, LA 70118
Phone number:504-865-5336

Dr. John W. Verano


Fields of Study: Biological anthropology, skeletal biology, paleopathology, forensic anthropology, Peru.


Professor Verano received his B.A. with Distinction in anthropology from Stanford University in 1977, and his M.A. (1980) and Ph.D. in anthropology from the University of California Los Angeles in 1987.  He is a biological anthropologist who specializes in human skeletal anatomy, paleopathology, bioarchaeology, and forensic anthropology.  His primary research area is Andean South America, with a focus on prehistoric populations of coastal and highland Peru.  Specific research interests include pathology in ancient skeletal and mummified remains, trepanation and other ancient surgery, warfare, human sacrifice, and mortuary practices.  In addition to his South American research, Professor Verano provides consultation in forensic anthropology, assisting local, state, and federal law enforcement, coroners, and medical examiners in recovering, identifying and interpreting human skeletal remains from medico-legal contexts.

Recent Publications:


·         Stone, Jessica H., Chew, Kristen, Ross, Ann H., and Verano, John W.

2015       Craniofacial plasticity in ancient Peru.  Anthropologischer Anzeiger, Journal of Biological and Clinical Anthropology 72/2: 169-183.


·         Verano, John W. and Ximena Chávez Balderas

2014       La bioarqueología del sacrificio humano en Mesoamérica y los Andes prehispánicos: retos en su identificación e interpretación.  In: Avances Recientes de la Bioarqueología Latinoamericana, editado por Leandro Luna, Claudia Aranda, y Jorge  Suby: 325-344. Buenos Aires: Grupo de Investigación en Bioarqueología (GIB).


·         Scherer, Andrew, and John W. Verano (editors)

2014   Embattled Bodies, Embattled Places: War in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and the Andes.  Washington D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Symposia and Colloquia


·         Verano, John W.

2014       Warfare and Captive Sacrifice in the Moche Culture: The Battle Continues.  In Scherer, Andrew, and John W. Verano (eds.):  Embattled Bodies, Embattled Places: War in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and the Andes, pp. 283-310. Washington D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Symposia and Colloquia.


·         Verano, John W. 

2013       Many faces of death: warfare, human sacrifice, and mortuary practices of the elite in late pre-Hispanic northern Peru.  In Christopher Knüsel and Martin J. Smith (eds.):The Routledge Handbook of the Bioarchaeology of Human Conflict, pp. 355-370.      London and New York: Routledge Press.



·         Verano, John W.

2013       Excavation and Analysis of Human Skeletal Remains from a New Dedicatory Offering at Tiwanaku.  In: Vranich Alexei, and Abigail R. Levine (eds.): Advances in Titicaca Basin Archaeology-2.  Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles, Monograph 77, pp. 167-180.


·         Verano, John W., Nadia Gamarra, Ximena Chávez Balderas, and Brittany Dement

2013       Excavaciones en la Plataforma III de la Huaca de la Luna y análisis del material óseo de las temporadas 2009-2012.  In Uceda, Santiago and Ricardo Morales (eds.): Proyecto Arqueológico Huaca la Luna Informe Técnico 2012, pp. 155-173.  Universidad Nacional de Trujillo, Trujillo, Peru.


·         Titelbaum, A. R., and J. W. Verano

2013       A Case of Congenital Radioulnar Synostosis from Prehispanic Peru. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology.  Published online in Wiley Online Library doi: 10.1002/oa.2353


·         Toyne, J. Marla, White, Christine D., Verano,  John W., Uceda Castillo, Santiago, Longstaffe, Fred J., and Jean François Millaire

2013 Residential Histories of Elites and Sacrificial Victims at Huacas de Moche, Peru, as Reconstructed from Oxygen Isotopes.  Journal of Archaeological Science doi:10.1016/j.jas.2013.10.036.






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