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Armando Anzellini

Assistant Professor

0031 - Williams Hall

Ph.D. – Anthropology, University of Tennessee

M.A. – Anthropology, University of Central Florida

B.A. – Anthropology, University of Central Florida

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Research Areas

Additional Interests

  • Bioarchaeology
  • Decolonizing Bioarchaeology
  • Embodiment of Inequality
  • Mortuary Practices
  • Archaeological Sciences
  • Archaeological Theory
  • Forensic Anthropology/Archaeology
  • Vibrational Spectroscopy
  • Stable Isotope Analysis
  • Quantitative Methods

Research Statement

My research interests lie at the intersection of the physical sciences and the social sciences. In my investigations, I apply tools and techniques from the physical sciences such as analytical chemistry, biogeochemistry, and finite element analysis, to answer questions about human health and society in the ancient past. In particular, I explore the ways that social and economic inequality are incorporated into the skeleton and how we can explore questions of social inequality in the past with this understanding.


I am a bioarchaeologist, forensic anthropologist, and Registered Professional Archaeologist (RPA) specializing in human osteology and archaeological sciences. I have surveyed and excavated archaeological sites, prehistoric burials, and historic cemeteries in the United States, the Caribbean, Peru, and Romania, and have conducted research in a variety of disciplines including biogeochemistry, morphometrics, and architectural analyses. Originally from Venezuela, I am fluent in Spanish and English, and have prepared and presented official reports, peer-reviewed articles, conference presentations, and lectures for diverse audiences in both languages. Prior to my academic work, I worked in Cultural Resource Management (Private Contract Archaeology) as a bioarchaeologists and then pursued a Ph.D. in biological anthropology at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I have instructed international, federal, and local law enforcement agencies on forensic anthropology and have a number of active projects exploring questions in the fields of bioarchaeology, human skeletal biology, and forensic anthropology. I’m always happy to bring students into my lab, please visit my lab website if you’d like to learn more.


Anzellini, Armando, Toyne JM. 2020. Estimating the stature of ancient high-altitude Andean populations from the skeletal remains of the Chachapoya of Peru. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 171(3): 539-549. Click here to view

Anzellini, Armando, J. Marla Toyne. 2019. Estimating sex from isolated appendicular skeletal elements of archaeological remains from Chachapoyas, Peru. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology 29(6): 961-973 . Click here to view

Toyne, J. Marla, Armando Anzellini. 2019. Bulutların Savaşçıları, Gökyüzündeki Mezarlar: Antik Chachapoya Gömü Uygulamaları [Warriors of the Clouds, Graves in the Sky: Ancient Chachapoya Burial Applications]. In Memento Mori: Ölüm ve Ölüm Uygulamaları, edited by Büyükkarakaya AM and Aksoy EB. Ege Yayınlari: Istanbul, pp. 455-487. Click here to view

Toyne, J. Marla, Armando Anzellini, Lori Epstein Mičulka, Ismael Mejías Pitti, Jordi Puig Castell and Salvador Guinot Castello. 2018. Going vertical: Using vertical progression techniques to explore a cliff necropolis in Late Precolumbian Chachapoyas, Peru. Advances in Archaeological Practice 6 (4): 1-14. Click here to view

Toyne, J. Marla and Armando Anzellini. 2017. Sociedad, identidad y variedad de los mausoleos de La Petaca, Chachapoyas. Boletín de Arqueología PUCP 23:231-257. Click here to view


Conference Participation

Wilcox, NA, L Cutshall, C O'Brien, M Anderson, A Harrison, N Wilson, A Anzellini, Z Nyárádi, A Gonciar. 2022. Wisdom from Teeth: Developing a new method of MNI estimationAmerican Association of Biological Anthropologists Annual Meeting, Denver, CO. March

Anzellini, A, Toyne JM. 2019. GIS in vertical spaces: An examination of location and clustering of mortuary contexts at the cliff site of La Petaca, Peru. Symposium: “Late Intermediate and Late Horizon Archaeology in the Andes.” Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, Albuquerque, NM. April

Anzellini, A. 2018. Bioarchaeology in Cultural Resource Management. Brown Bag Lecture Series. Graduate Anthropology Association, University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL. April

Toyne, JM, LA Narváez Vargas, A Anzellini, V Tran. 2016. Preliminary Evidence for Chachapoya Diet and Mobility at Kuelap from Carbon, Nitrogen, and Oxygen Stable IsotopesPaleopathology Association North American Conference, Atlanta, Georgia. March

Anzellini, A, JM Toyne. 2015. Mortuary Variability and Chronology of the Cliff Tombs of La Petaca. Symposium: “What was Chachapoyas? Towards a Cultural Geography of the Northeastern Peruvian Andes.” Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA. April

Anzellini, A. 2015. Andean Way of Death: Ancestor Worship and the Open SepulcherInvited Lecture for ANT 4184 Mortuary Archaeology. University of Central Florida, Orlando, FL. April

Anzellini, A, E Mills, L Epstein, JM Toyne. 2015. Variation in Long Bone Length among the Ancient Chachapoya of PeruPaleopathology Association North American Conference, St. Louis, MO. April

Anzellini, A, JM Toyne. 2014. Investigating Patterns of Interpersonal Violence using Frequency Distributions of Cranial Vault TraumaPaleopathology Association North American Conference, Calgary, AB, Canada. May

Toyne, JM, I Mejias Pitti, J Puig Castell, L Epstein, A Anzellini2014. Going Vertical: Using Vertical Progression Techniques to Explore Complex Mortuary SpacesSociety for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, Austin, TX. April

Invited Lectures

2021 The Future of Exploring the Past. Anthropologica Invited Lecture Series. Middle Tennessee State University, Murfreesboro, TN. November

2019 Medical AnthropologyAnatomy and Physiology I. South College, Knoxville, TN. July

2019 Skeletal Anatomy and Forensic AnthropologyAnatomy and Physiology I. South College, Knoxville, TN. May

2018 Bioarchaeology in CRMBrown Bag Lecture Series. University of Central Florida, Graduate Anthropology Association, Orlando, FL. April


ANTH 012 – Introduction to Archaeology and Human Origins
ANTH 145 – Human Evolution
ANTH 117 – Archaeology of Latin America
ANTH 118 – The Science of Archaeology