Dr Coral Montero Lopez

Adjunct Lecturer , Archaeology - Faculty of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences and Education; School of Humanities, Arts, and Social Sciences

Coral Montero Lopez


Coral is an archaeologist with extensive experience in zooarchaeology and human osteology.  She has worked in several archaeological sites in Mexico, and is currently working as a consultant in NSW, Victoria and WA.  She has lectured at La Trobe University and directed various BA and MA theses.


PhD in Archaeology (La Trobe University), MA in Anthropology (Instituto de Investigaciones Antropologicas, UNAM, Mexico), BA (Hons.) in Anthropology with specialty in Archaeology (UDLA-P, Mexico)

Teaching Areas

Zooarchaeology, Agricultural adaptations in the ancient world, contract archaeology in Australia

Research Interests

isotope analysis, dietary reconstruction, ancient landscape reconstruction

Research Supervision Experience

I have supervised two BA thesis (one in Mexico and one in Australia), and co-directed a MA thesis (in Mexico).  I have formed part of the dissertation committee of three BA thesis in Mexico.


Montero Lopez, C., and C. Varela (2017) Tamales para todos! El consumo del venado y el perro domestico en los banquetes de Chinikiha, Anales de Antropologia 72 (in press, to be released in July 2017).

Vaela Scherrer, Carlos, Coral Montero Lopez, Felipe Trabanino, and Rodrigo Liendo (2016) Aprovechamiento y explotacion de los recursos vegetales y faunisticos en el Clasico Tardio: Chinikiha, Chiapas.  Manuscrip prepared for Revista Etnobiologia 14(1):5-22.

Montero Lopez, Coral (2013 Infiriendo el Contexto Arqueologico a traves de la Tafonomia: El Uso del Venado Cola Blanca (Odocoileus virginianus) Chinikiha, Chiapas.  In The Archaeology of Mesoamerican Animals, edited by Christopher M. Gotz and Kitty F. Emery, pp. 315-349.  Lockwood Press, Atlanta.

Montero Lopez, Coral, Luis Fernando Nunez, Pedro Morals, Edith Cienfuegos, and Francisco Otero (2011) Diet and Health at Chinikiha, Chiapas, Mexico: Some Preliminary Results. Journal of Environmental Archaeology 16(2): 82-96.



Consultancy Interests

Landscape Aboriginal archaeology, isotope analysis, Classic Maya archaeology, Pre-Agricultural Mesoamerican archaeology

Further Information

I have mentored several students in zooarchaeology, excavation techniques, and consultancy archaeology in Australia.