Curator Middle and South America

Martin Berger

Martin Berger
Curator Middle and South America
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Martin Berger (1985) is Junior Curator Middle and South America. His research interest lies in global flows of people and objects, indigenous forms of representation, (etnographic) museums and collections histories, and popular culture. He has explored these interests with specifical attention to the Mesoamerican and Andean area.  


Martin studied Latin American Archaeology at Leiden University, where he developed an interest in Mesoamerican and Andean archaeology. In 2009, he graduated cum laude with his master thesis “Pelota Mixteca: Past, Present and Possible Future of a Mexican Game”.  


Currently, Martin’s research focuses on the Mesoamerican ball game, contemporary ball games in Mexico, and the migration of indigenous Mexicans to the United States. In 2016, he will finish his PhD on pelota mixteca (Leiden University). His research interest also includes the use and cultural meaning of Mesoamerican turquoise, specifically in masks and human skulls. Within this context, he held a summer fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks research institute of Harvard University in 2014.