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

Social complexity; Subsistence; Economies; Zooarchaeology; Isotopes; ZooMS; GIS; XRF, Mexico; Polynesia


I study human-animal and human-landscape interactions and how they relate to social and economic structures. My 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 metropolitan centers. I use stable isotope analysis and ZooMS to reconstruct animal acquisition patterns over the city’s history, including the importance of animals procured from anthropogenic and natural environments.


Proyecto Arqueológico Tlajinga Teotihuacan (PATT), Mexico

Proyecto Plaza de las Columnas, Teotihuacan, Mexico

Technical reports

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

Codlin, M.C., Carballo, D.M. y Hernández Sariñana, D. 2015 La Fauna. In, Carballo, David M., and Luis Barba (eds.), Proyecto Arqueológico Tlajinga, Teotihuacan: Tercera Temporada 2014-15. Manuscript on file at the Consejo de Aarqueología, INAH, Mexico City


McCoy, Mark D. and Maria C. Codlin. 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.

McCoy, Mark D. and Maria C. Codlin. 2015. Decoding the Rock Art of Old Hawai‘i: A brief report on petroglyphs in Manukā, Ka‘ū District, Hawai‘i Island. Hawaiian Archaeology 14: 31-43.

McCoy, Mark D., Thegn N. Ladefoged, Maria C. Codlin, and Douglas G. Sutton. 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 Science, 42(1), 467–475.

Conference Presentations

“Geochemical Sourcing and Inter-island Movement of Volcanic Glass in the Hawaiian Islands” (with Mark D. McCoy) Paper presented at the 78th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, 2013.

“The first Hawaiians: The spatial signature of early settlement in Hawai‘i” Paper presented at the 8th International Conference on Easter Island and the Pacific, 2012.


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