Maria Codlin

Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Turin

  • Title Postdoctoral Researcher, University of Turin
  • Education PhD, Boston University, 2022
    MA, University of Otago, 2013
    BA, University of Otago, 2011

Areas of Interest

Mesoamerica and Central Mexico; urban subsistence economies; animal husbandry; Mesoamerican foodways; political economy; Zooarchaeology; ZooMS; Stable Isotope Anaysis; GIS; R

Research Interests & Fieldwork

Maria studies human-animal and human-landscape interactions and how they relate to social and economic structures. Her dissertation research “Feeding a city: Urban hunting and animal husbandry at Teotihuacan” is funded through an NSF DDIG award and examines the role of animals in the early urban economy at Teotihuacan, Mexico, one of America’s earliest cities. She employs zooarchaeological methods alongside stable isotope analysis and collagen peptide fingerprinting (ZooMS) to reconstruct animal acquisition patterns over the city’s history, including the importance of animal husbandry, gathering lake resources, garden hunting, and hunting in non-anthropogenic landscapes. She has also been developing new biomarkers for the application of ZooMS to North American avifauna to improve identification of aquatic birds and better understand the importance of lake resources in Teotihuacan’s urban economy.


Proyecto Arqueológico Tlajinga Teotihuacan (PATT), Mexico

Proyecto Plaza de las Columnas, Teotihuacan, Mexico


2021          Carballo, D.M., Barba, L., Ortíz, A., Blancas, J., Sariñana, D.H., Codlin, M., Saucedo, A., Rodríguez, G.D.T., Excavations at the Southern Neighborhood Center of the Tlajinga District, Teotihuacan, Mexico. Latin American Antiquity 32(3), 557-576

2016          McCoy, M.D. and Codlin, M.C. (2016) The Influence of Religious Authority in Everyday Life: A Landscape Scale Study of Domestic Architecture and Religious Law in Ancient Hawai’i. World Archaeology 48: 411-430.

2015          McCoy, M.D. & Codlin, M.C. (2015) Decoding the Rock Art of Old Hawai‘i: A Brief Report on Petroglyphs in Manukā, Ka‘ū District, Hawai‘i Island. Hawaiian Archaeology 31-43.

2014          McCoy, M. D., Ladefoged, T. N., Codlin, M.C., & Sutton, D. G. (2014). Does Carneiro’s Circumscription Theory Help us Understand Maori History?: An Analysis of the Obsidian Assemblage from Pouerua Pa, New Zealand (Aotearoa). Journal of Archaeological
, 42(1), 467–475.

Invited talks

2021        “Las aves en el sistema subsistencia de Teotihuacán; nuevos datos del barrio Tlajinga obtenidos por ZooMS”. Seminario Relaciones Hombre-Fauna del Centro El Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Morelos. Septermber 23

2020       “Birds in the Ancient Urban Economy at Teotihuacan, Mexico: a New Application of ZooMS to Archaeological Avian Remains”. Department of Archaeology, Max Planck Institute for the Science of Human History, December 1.

Symposia Organized

2021         Cultivating Cities: Perspectives from the New and Old Worlds on Wild Foods, Agriculture, and Urban Subsistence Economies. Society for American Archaeology.  April 14 – 18

Papers Presented

2021         “Hunting and Husbandry at the Ancient Mexican City, Teotihuacan”. Society for American Archaeology.  April 14 – 18. Won Best Student Paper, 2021

2016         “Social Landscapes and Kapu in Hawai‘i: A Case Study from Ka‘ū”. Society for American Archaeology, April 6-10

2013         “Geochemical Sourcing and Inter-island Movement of Volcanic Glass in the Hawaiian Islands”. Conference: Society for American Archaeology, April 3-7.

2012         “The First Hawaiians: The Spatial Signature of Early Settlement in Hawai‘i”. Easter Island and the Pacific, Santa Rosa, California. July 8-13

Technical Reports

2020     Codlin, M. C. y Saucedo, A. Excavaciones en Conjunto 2: S4W1. In, Carballo, David M., and Luis Barba (eds.) Proyecto Arqueológico Tlajinga, Teotihuacan: Temporada 2019. Manuscript on file at the Consejo de Arqueología, INAH, Mexico City.

2016      Codlin, M.C. y Hernández Sariñana, D. (2016) Avances en el Análisis de Restos Faunísticos. In, Carballo, David M., and Luis Barba (eds.), Proyecto Arqueológico Tlajinga, Teotihuacan: Temporada 2016. Manuscript on file at the Consejo de Arqueología, INAH, Mexico City

2015      Codlin, M.C., Carballo, D.M. y Hernández Sariñana, D. La Fauna. In, Carballo, David M. y Luis Barba (eds.) 2015 Proyecto Arqueológico Tlajinga, Teotihuacan: Tercera Temporada 201415. Manuscript on file at the Consejo de Arqueología, INAH, Mexico City.



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