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Marlon Escamilla

Doctoral candidate (Mesoamerican Archaeology, Landscape Archaeology, Underwater Archaeology)

Marlon Escamilla is a Salvadoran archaeologist. He received a Licenciatura degree in Archaeology at Universidad Tecnológica de El Salvador. Currently he is a Ph.D. candidate in Archaeology. His dissertation is focused on Nahua-Pipil diasporic-migration phenomenon occurred during the Early Postclassic period (800-1200 AD), exploring the possible reasons why the Nahua-Pipil migrated from their homeland, Central Mexican highlands, and to what extent the location of archaeological sites in the Balsam Coast in El Salvador is a cultural process of symbolic appropriation of the landscape.

He has worked for 10 years as a researcher at the National Department of Archaeology, founding and directing the National Projects of Underwater Archaeology (2005) and Rock Art (2006) in El Salvador. From 2015 to 2017 he was the National Director of Cultural Heritage of the Ministry of Culture of El Salvador. Since 2003 he has been teaching archaeology at Universidad Tecnológica de El Salvador, and from 2011 to 2015 he was conducting the Licenciatura program in archaeology. Since 2010 he is the Director of Balsam Coast Archaeological Project.

He also is the President of Asociación de Arqueología de El Salvador (ARQUES), Vice-President of International Council of Museums (ICOM-El Salvador), Member of Colegio de Humanistas de El Salvador, Member of Organización Latinoamericana de Arqueología Subacuática (OLAS) and Member of Centro de Estudios en Arqueología Subacuática Argentina (CEASA).



Beca de Investigación. Proyecto Migraciones Nahua-Pipiles del Postclásico en la Cordillera del Bálsamo, El Salvador. Fase I y II. Vicerrectoría de Investigaciones. Universidad Tecnológica de El Salvador. 2012-2014.

Fulbright Summer Research Grant. 2010.

Tinker Field Research Grant. The Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS). 2009-2010.


Mesoamerican Archaeology, Landscape Archaeology, Underwater Archaeology