Mesoamerican Archaeology

Becky at TeotihuacanI’m a Ph.D. candidate and National Science Foundation Fellow in the Department of Anthropology at the University at Albany, SUNY with an emphasis in Mesoamerican archaeology. Since 2006, I have conducted archaeological fieldwork in Greece, Cyprus, Belize, Costa Rica, and Mexico.

I am currently director of the Izapa Household Archaeology Project. This dissertation research focuses on the investigation of commoner houses at the Formative period site of Izapa (850 BC-200 AD), one of Mesoamerica’s first cities, located in the Soconusco region of Chiapas, Mexico. Through excavations at Izapa’s house mounds, I hope to determine how the urbanization of the site and development of sociopolitical hierarchy affected Izapa’s commoners.

Check out the Izapa Household Archaeology Project highlighted in the May 16, 2014 issue of Science:
http://www.sciencemag.org/content/344/6185/684.full

Additionally, this year (2013-2014) I am on a Fulbright-García Robles grant in Mexcio with a project entitled Agriculture, Daily Life, and the Rise of Mesoamerican Civilization: View from Izapa. In addition to household excavations at Izapa, I am investigating the archaeological plant remains (starch grains and macrobotanical remains) from the site, in collaboration with Dr. Guillermo Acosta Ochoa, Jorge and Dr. Emily McClung de Tapia of the Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas at UNAM (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México).

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