Aphizetl Lemus

Ph.D. Anthropology, University at Albany - SUNY [In Progress]
B.A. Anthropology & Philosophy, California State University at San Bernardino, 2013.


Research Interests:
Nahua and Aztec Philosophy and Religion, Aztec Feather Art and Foodways, Aztec and Dyes and Pigments; Experimental Archaeology

Area of Study / Field site:
Mesoamerica, Basin of Mexico

Academic Advisor & Subfield:
Dr. Louise Burkhart; Cultural Anthropology

Institute for Mesoamerican Studies Profile

Aphitzel is a first year doctoral student (phase I) at the University at Albany. Broadly speaking, he is interested in Mesoamerica; however, he is particularly interested in the Mexica and the Late Postclassic inhabitants of the Basin of Mexico. As part of his graduate study, he intends to research Mexica dyes and their feather dyeing practices using spectrometry and experimental methods. He has conducted a preliminary literature review and initial experimental tests on dyes, which he hopes to further refine as he continues his scholarly development. In integrating the methodological aspects of his research interest with its more theoretically oriented approach, he plans to use the results obtained as a starting point for an analysis of the significance of color in the Mexica worldview, which will extend to such domains as their cosmovisiĆ³n, philosophy, religion, and daily life.