ms. M.P. (Maria) Ordoñez Alvarez

  • PhD candidate

Telephone number: +31 (0)71 527 2727
Faculty / Department: Faculteit Archeologie, Archaeological Heritage, Archaeological Heritage Management
Office Address: Van Steenis gebouw
Einsteinweg 2
2333 CC Leiden
Room number B204


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Maria Patricia Ordoñez is an Ecuadorian archaeologist working on the field since 2005. Currently she is a PhD candidate in Archaeology at Leiden University in the Netherlands. She has an MA in Archaeology and Museum studies from the same institution and has been working as an assistant researcher at the National Museum of Ethnology in Leiden since November 2013. In 2010 she received and MSc in Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology from Cranfield University in the United Kingdom. She has worked  in archaeology and osteoarchaeology in her native Ecuador and as part of the curatorial team at the National Museum of Ecuador in two occasions. In 2012 she was also a co-director of the Maranga Mummies Project, funded by the National Geographic Society and Quinnipiac University, that included paleoimaging and forensic anthropology examination of 40 mummified remains in the Jacinto Jijon y Caamaño Museum in Quito, Ecuador.


Currently her main interest is Andean human remains collections around the world. Her PhD project addresses the formation and use of Andean mummies in Western European museum collections. She has also worked on the subject of agency of human remains in museum collections, the interaction of museum personnel with human remains collections and visitor experiences in regards to the exhibit ion of human remains in archaeological museums in Ecuador.


  • MA Archaeology, focus Museum Studies- Leiden University 2013-2014

  • MSc Forensic Anthropology and Archaeology- Cranfield University 2010-2011

  • BA Archaeology- Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador- 2003-2007


She has been twice the recipient (2013 and 2014) of the scholarship for Excellence by the Ecuadorian National Secretariat for Education, Science and Technology (SENSECYT). In 2014 she was awarded the Steven Engelsman Grant for research on collection at the Rijksmuseum Volkenkunde- Leiden

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