Head, Research Advisor


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Research interests

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.

Selected publications
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Selected projects

Anthropological and Spatial Studies (research programme • 1 January 201531 December 2020)

Archaeological Reconnaissance in Southeastern Campeche, Mexico (exploration • 1 February 1996)

Curriculum Vitae

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.


Mesoamerica • archaeology • archaeoastronomy • Maya culture 

Recognitions & awards

ZRC SAZU gold award, 2002