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Gregory Luna

Gregory Luna

Lecturer of Anthropology

119 Carpenter Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 865-1341


  1. B.S., Penn State University (Geography/GIS), 2001
  2. M.A., University of California, Santa Barbara (Anthropology), 1995
  3. B.A., University of California, Santa Barbara (Anthropology), 1989


Landscape Archaeology, Spatial Analyses/Statistics, Spatial Models, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Cross-Scale Interactions, Mesoamerica Archaeology and Ethnohistory, Wetland Agriculture (Chinampas)

"Who expanded the Aztec gardens on swamps? Multi-scalar analyses of 15th-century lakebed chinampas using GIS technology" focuses on modeling Aztec period lakebed chinampas in lakes Chalco and Xochimilco using geostatistics and analyzing the expansion process within a GIS from multiple landscape scales.

Mexico (Chiapas), Belize (San Ignacio Cayo), United States (Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, New Mexico, Utah)

Methodology: Building the Basin of Mexico GIS Database. Ken Hirth, Gregory Luna, Peter van Rossum. Pennsylvania State University, University Park. Report for National Science Foundation Grant 0609926. Accepted 2009.

Proyecto Arqueológico Cantón Corralito, Chiapas, México: Temporada 2004. Informe presentado al Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) por David Cheetham, John E. Clark, Gregory Luna, Terry G. Powis, Tomás Pérez Suárez, Artemio Villatoro Alvarado, Juan Carlos López Espinosa. Accepted 2007.

Chinampa fields or open lake? Spatial analyses of Aztec period archaeology of Chalco-Xochimilco lakebeds, Southern Basin of Mexico. Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology 73rd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, March 26-30, 2008, Vancouver, B.C., Canada.

Counting the Prehistoric Maya: A New Approach for Estimating Late/Terminal Classic Population at La Milpa, Belize. Poster presented at the Society for American Archaeology 71st Annual Meeting, April 26-30, 2006, San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Regional Settlement Data and Spatial Patterning in the Middle Formative Southern Valley of Mexico: Old and New Approaches. Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology 70th Annual Meeting, March 30-April 3, 2005, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Analyzing Formative Period Settlement in the Basin of Mexico: An Archaeological Application of GIS and Multiscalar Spatial Statistics. Poster presented at the 24th Annual ESRI International User Conference, Map Gallery, August 9-13, 2004, San Diego, California.

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