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Dr Maria Martinez Merce Okumura

Honorary Research Fellow


Mercedes Okumura is a lecturer in archaeology (National Museum, Federal University of Rio de Janeiro). Her early research was focused on the bioarchaeology of mid Holocene coastal groups from Brazil associated to shellmounds and the use of craniometrics to explore biological affinities among these past groups. Her current research focuses on the archaeology of Early Holocene hunter-gatherer groups from southern Brazil where she applies Cultural Transmission Theory and Evolutionary Archaeology to the study of stone tools (projectile points) in order to better understand questions related to past boundaries, as well as cultural change and stability through time.