Andrew Turner (BA, MA, PhD) is curator with responsibility for World Archaeology.
He specializes in the archaeology of the Americas, and he has carried out research in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, and Peru.
Turner’s work focuses on Mesoamerican art, iconography, and symbolism, ranging from the earliest art of the Olmec culture to that of the Aztec Empire around the time of European invasion. His current research explores the role of art and religious ideology in mediating and reflecting cross-cultural interactions between the Maya and Central Mexico following the collapse of the powerful city of Teotihuacan around AD 600.
Prior to his current position, Turner was the Postdoctoral Associate in the Art of the Ancient Americas at the Yale University Art Gallery, where he reconfigured the Art of the Ancient Americas gallery and co-curated the exhibition “Sights and Sounds of Ancient Ritual.”
He has taught courses on the art and archaeology of Mesoamerica, the Central Andes, and Native North America, as well as museum and archaeological method and theory.
Selected Publications:Turner, Andrew D. The Murals of Cacaxtla: Monumental Art as Evidence of Migration. Chapter in forthcoming book entitled Migrations in Late Mesoamerica, Christopher Beekman, ed. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.
2019 Turner, Andrew D. and Michael D. Coe. A Portrait of Lady K’abal Xook, Queen of Yaxchilan. The Yale University Art Gallery Bulletin, pp. 66-73
2018 González López, Ángel,Andrew D. Turner, and Raúl Barrera Rodríguez. Una deidad olvidada en el tiempo: Muerte, fuego y transformación en la escultura de Tenochtitlan. Arqueología MexicanaXXV(149):70-75.
2018 Turner, Andrew D. Ixtapan del Oro Monument 1 and the Transition from War Serpent to Xiuhcoatl in Late Classic Mesoamerica. Mexicon XXXIX(3):55-64.
2017 Turner, Andrew. Sex, Metaphor, and Ideology in Moche Pottery of Ancient Peru. BAR International Series 2739, Paris Monographs in American Archaeology 41. Archaeopress, Oxford.