Guy Hepp is a Ph.D. student focusing on the archaeology of the Mesoamerican Early Formative period (c.a. 1600-850 B.C.) in coastal Oaxaca, Mexico. Over the last three years, Guy has been undertaking preliminary research at the site of La Consentida, the only known Early Formative site on the Pacific coast between the Isthmus of Tehuantepec and Acapulco.
Hepp’s specific interests include the origins of social complexity on the Pacific coast as an element of the fundamental social transformations that took place as nomadic Archaic period (c.a. 9000-1600 B.C.) peoples settled into the first fully sedentary villages. Over the past five years, Guy has also studied ancient ceramic figurines and ceramic musical instruments as elements of ancient iconography through which researchers may begin to understand Formative period ideology in coastal Oaxaca.
Listen to Guy playing a probable Classic period ceramic flute from coastal Oaxaca. The ceramic plug in the body of the flute slides back and forth to allow for modulated pitches like a trombone.