Krista Eschbach

Archaeological Research Analyst, Center for Archaeology and Society
University Staff
TEMPE Campus


Krista Eschbach is an anthropologist who specializes in the archaeology and history of the Gulf Lowlands of Mesoamerica and the Southeastern United States. Her current focus is on cross-cultural interaction and the mechanisms of social transformation in situations of migration, colonialism, and diaspora.  Informed by contemporary social theory, her work focuses on the interplay between local changes in social relations and internal statecraft as seen at the Spanish colonial Port of Veracruz and the presidios of Northwest Florida. More broadly, she looks at how social transformations impacted the persistence or collapse of complex societies, social clustering in urban neighborhoods, and restructuring of social, economic, and political hierarchies. Her research is interdisciplinary, multi-scalar, and comparative, extending across traditional regional boundaries. She specializes in the use of methods drawn from archaeological sciences for the study of ceramic technology, as well as quantitative methods and analysis of colonial documents.

Specific technical expertise:
Archaeometry-based techniques for ceramic analysis:
PIXE, INAA, XRD, electron microprobe, binocular microscopy, ceramic petrography

Computing tools for quantitative analysis:
R/R Studio, SPSS, SAS, Systat, and GAUSS

Archaeological Database Design and Management
Platforms: Microsoft Access, Corel Paradox, FileMakerPro, PastPerfect, ICMS/Rediscovery, Oracle MySQL

Archival experience (select):
Archivo General de la Nación in Mexico City; Archivo Histórico Municipal de Veracruz, Mexico; Archivo Parroquial of the Catedral de la Asunción de Nuestra Señora, Veracruz, Mexico


Ph.D. Anthropology, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, Tempe

M.A. Anthropology/Historical Archaeology, University of West Florida, Pensacola

B.A. Anthropology, magna cum laude, University of West Florida, Pensacola

Research Interests

Archaeology and history of the Southeastern U.S. and Gulf lowlands of Mesoamerica; social transformation in situations of interregional migration, colonialism, and diaspora; persistence and collapse of complex societies; drivers of urban social clustering; paleography and analysis of Spanish colonial documents; ceramic analysis incorporating archaeometry-based techniques