Daniela Balanzategui

PhD Candidate, Department of Archaeology, Simon Fraser University


Daniela is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Archaeology at Simon Fraser University. She is interested in the history, heritage meaning, and archeology of the African Diaspora in Ecuador.

Daniela has developed a community-based archaeological project in collaboration with an African descendant community that live in the Ancestral Territory of the Chota-Mira Valley (Ecuador). Her doctoral investigation is titled “Archaeology of the African Diaspora in the Northern Andes of Ecuador,” under the supervision of Dr. Ross Jamieson.

Since 2014, she has co-directed the “Plataforma de Investigación y Acción AADA-Ecuador” (Platform for the Investigation and Action in Anthropology and Archaeology of the African Diaspora in Ecuador). This group was formed by Ecuadorian scholars interested in engaging in collaborative projects with African Diaspora communities and organizations. It provides a space for ethical and respectful work in heritage management, public and community archaeology, and other fields.

Daniela holds a Master's degree in Archaeology from Simon Fraser University (2012). Her thesis focused on “Colonial Transformation of Indigenous Foodways.”