Yuta Chiba (2015, 2016)
Yuta received his education from the International Culture Studies from Aichi Prefectural University in Japan. His most recent research, which focuses on the material culture and symbolic use of precious stones such as obsidian, amber, and pearl, resulted in his master’s thesis entitled “Medical and Medicinal Obsidian Use in Mesoamerica: Materialization of Divine Curative Power.”
Yuta has collaborated on multiple archaeological projects in both obsidian analysis and topography, including “La Ventilla” in Teotihuacan as well as in Cholula and Templo Mayor in Mexico and Copan in Honduras. He was in charge of topography for the Plaza of the Columns Complex Project in 2015 and 2016.