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Andrés G. Mejía Ramón

Andrés G. Mejía Ramón

Ph.D. Candidate

418 Carpenter Hall
The Pennsylvania State University

University Park , Pennsylvania 16802

Curriculum Vitae

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Education

  1. 2016 A.B. Physics, Anthropology with High Honors, Dartmouth College
  2. 2018 M.A. Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University

Biography

I am an environmental archaeologist and remote sensing specialist focusing on the applications of land, air, and spaceborne sensors to archaeology, particularly in Teotihuacan and the Central Mexican Highlands. My primary interest lies in the origins of agricultural intensification in the Teotihuacan Valley, focusing on the roles of amaranth and irrigation in the development of the ancient metropolis of over 125,000 people in a semi-arid environment. I am also interested in how such systems may have led to later complex political systems, ultimately culminating in the establishment of the largest city in the New World before the arrival of the Spanish. I am currently a member of the Northern Basin of Mexico Historical Ecology Project led by Christopher Morehart of the Arizona State University, The Altar de Sacrificios Archaeological Project in Guatemala led by Jessica Munson of Lycoming College, The Proyecto Prehistorico Arenal Project led by Payson Sheets of the University of Colorado, Boulder, Principal Investigator of the Proyecto La Paleohidrología del Valle de Teotihuacanand co-organizer of the International Symposium on the Sociopolitical Organization of Teotihuacan with Linda Manzanilla and Tom Froese of the National Autonomous University of Mexico, and Gina Buckley, also of Penn State. For the 2017-2018 academic year, I was also designated NASA Pennsylvania Space Grant Graduate Fellow. 

Recent Publications

Mejía Ramón, Andrés G. and Nadia E. Johnson.
2019     Sociopolitical Organization, Landscape Change, and Hydraulic Engineering in the Teotihuacan Valley, Mexico: 1250 B. C. - A. D. 1810. Wiley Interdisciplinary Reviews (WIREs): Water6(2): e1335. https://doi.org/10.1002/wat2.1335.

Mejía Ramón, Andrés G., Luis Barba, Agustín Ortiz Butrón, and Jorge E. Blancas Vázquez.
in press. Geophysical Prospection at the Formative Site of Altica in the Teotihuacan Valley Piedmont. Ancient Mesoamerica. Accepted version available upon request.

Blancas Vázquez, Jorge E., Luis Barba, Agustin Ortiz Butrón, Guillermo Acosta Ochoa, Andrés G. Mejía Ramón, and David M. Carballo.
in press. Investigaciones de Conjuntos Departamentales y Organización de Barrios Utilizando Sensores Remotos y Geofísica en el Distrito de Tlajinga, Teotihuacan. Ancient Mesoamerica.

Carballo, David M., Kenneth G. Hirth, Daniela Hernández Sariñana, Gina M. Buckley, Andrés G. Mejía Ramón, and Douglas J. Kennett.
in press. New Research at Teotihuacan's Tlajinga District: The 2013-2014 Excavations. Ancient Mesoamerica.

Mejía Ramón, Andrés G. and Christian L. John.
under rev. High Resolution Photogrammetry at Teotihuacan, Mexico: Production and Potential of a Novel Multispectral and Topographic Dataset. Submitted version available upon request.

Dissertation

How big could it be? An epistemology of agricultural energetics and archaeological measurement in the Uppermost Usumacinta Valley, Petén & Chiapas.

Committee: Kennneth Hirth, José Capriles, Stephen Matthews, David Webster (PSU-Anthropology), Douglas Miller (PSU-Forestry), Jessica Munson (Lycoming-Anth/Soc), Christopher Morehart (Arizona State-SHESC)

Research Interests

Archaeometry, Geophysics, Paleohydrology, Agricultural Intensification, Mesoamerica, Remote Sensing, Complex Societies, Urbanism, Environmental Change, State Formation