Andrew Somerville

Assistant Professor of Anthropology


Dept:World Languages And Cultures
Office:3244 Pearson
505 Morrill Rd.
Ames IA


Andrew Somerville (Ph.D. University of California, San Diego) is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology in the Department of World Languages and Cultures at Iowa State University. As a bioarchaeologist, Dr. Somerville’s research uses skeletal studies, stable isotope analyses, and archaeological excavations to reconstruct the lifeways of past peoples. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, Sigma Xi, and an IGERT fellowship. Check out his page here.

Dr. Somerville is particularly interested in the food systems of pre-Hispanic Mexico and has published extensively on dietary practices at ancient Maya city states and on the food production systems at the pre-Hispanic city of Teotihuacan. His current research is exploring the factors involved in the early development of maize (corn) farming in the Tehuacán Valley of Puebla, Mexico.

Dr. Somerville is currently looking for motivated M.A. students for projects on Mesoamerican archaeology, bioarchaeology, stable isotope research, paleoenvironment, and paleodiet.