Akira Ichikawa Headshot
Postdoctoral Associate
(PHD NAGOYA UNIVERSITY 2014)

I am a Mesoamerican archaeologist. Most of my archaeological fieldwork has been in El Salvador, but I’ve also worked in Mexico, Honduras, and Nicaragua. My research focus is human-environmental interactions, especially human responses to long-term volcanic activities during the prehispanic period through chronology-building. I also have an interest in the study of ancient technology and labor organization. I’ve worked on developing conservation techniques for vulnerable, earthen architectural heritage. The projects I directed in El Salvador have closely collaborated with local communities in order to both preserve modern cultural patrimony and learn about traditional construction techniques and knowledge that may have been used in the past.  

Selected publications:

  • Ichikawa, Akira. in press. Monumental Structures and Volcanic Activities: Excavations the Campana at San Andrés in the Zapotitán Valley, El Salvador. Latin American Antiquity
  • Ichikawa, Akira. in press. Human Responses to the Ilopango Tierra Blanca Joven Eruptions: Excavations at San Andrés. Antiquity
  • Ichikawa, Akira and Juan Manuel Guerra Clara. in press. Arquitectura de Tierra en la Frontera Sureste Maya: San Andrés en el Valle de Zapotitán, El Salvador, C.A. In Arquitectura Mesoamericana de Tierra Vol. II, edited by Annick Daneels. Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México: Ciudad de México.
  • Ichikawa, Akira and Angel Rodas. (2020) Manufacturing Adobe Bricks in Mesoamerica: Archaeological and Experimental Analysis in San Andrés, El Salvador. Mexicon 42(6): 153-160.
  • Ichikawa, Akira. (2018) Strengthening Social Relationships through Community Archaeology at Nueva Esperanza, El Salvador: Challenges and Lessons. Journal of Community Archaeology and Heritage 5(4): 222-236.