Ivan Šprajc, PhD
Principal Research Associate, Professor
Head of the Institute

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Sprajc's interests have been focused on Mesoamerican archaeology and archaeoastronomy. He has accomplished extensive research on the concepts about the planet Venus in the Mesoamerican world view, and on the practical and ritual significance of astronomical orientations in prehispanic architecture. During eleven field seasons of archaeological reconnaissance he directed in the southern part of the Mexican federal state of Campeche, i. e. in the central parts of the Yucatan peninsula, a number of formerly unknown archaeological sites were found, including major centers of ancient regional political organization.

ZRC SAZU gold award, 2002
Anthropological and Spatial Studies (research programme • 01. january 2022 - 31. december 2027)
Archaeological Reconnaissance in Southeastern Campeche, Mexico (raziskovanje • 01. february 1996 - 29. january 2023)

Ivan Šprajc graduated in archaeology and ethnology at the University of Ljubljana (1982). He obtained his M.A. degree in history and ethnohistory at the Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia in Mexico (1989), and his Ph.D. in anthropology at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México (1997). In the 1990s he worked as a researcher of the Mexican Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia.

Maya culture