About me

Becky at Palenque 2013_low res                IMS Huipil

I am an archaeologist with a research emphasis in Mesoamerica. This year (2017-2018) I am working as a postdoctoral research fellow for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. My research investigates how changes in economic networks and leadership strategies affect the rise and fall of early urban centers. I work at the archaeological site of Izapa, famous for its many carved monuments and for the site’s reported link between the Olmec and Maya cultures. My dissertation combines economic data recovered from household excavations with settlement, ritual, and environmental data to explain why Izapa survived at a time when many early cities struggled or collapsed. In addition to my work in Mesoamerica, I have also  participated on archaeological projects in Greece, Cyprus, Belize, and Costa Rica. These experiences have helped me to understand my own work and teach students from a comparative perspective. I have also worked with ancient food systems and plant remains, museum anthropology, and the application of 3D methods to cultural heritage. I encourage you to explore the various pages of this site to learn more about this work.


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