About

I have been fortunate enough to have worked on various archaeological projects in Belize, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, and the United States throughout the years.  My field school was at the Palaeoindian site of Lubbock Lake in the Texas Panhandle, which was conveniently located in my home town of Lubbock, Texas. After excavating a lot of bison bones, and also taking several classes on Precolumbian archaeology at the University of Texas at Austin, I shifted gears and began working in Mesoamerica at sites such as Cacaxtla, Colha, Kichpanha, and Cerros.

I quickly developed a fascination with the ancient cultures of Mesoamerica, particularly the Preclassic Maya who lived in the tropical lowlands from 1000 BCE to 150 CE.  However, I also wanted to establish breadth in Precolumbian archaeology.  So while I primarily continued to work in Mesoamerica, I also participated on projects in the Southeastern United States, as well as at the Wari site of Pikillacta in the Basin of Cuzco, Peru.  Between 2002 and 2009, I directed a multi-disciplinary project at the large Maya centre of Naachtun in northern Guatemala.  

My current research fis at the site of Yaxnohcah in southern Campeche, Mexico. The research focuses on the development of complexity among the Maya during the Preclassic period.  I am particularly interested in landscape archaeology and the process of community formation and urbanization in tropical areas.  

CURRENT ACADEMIC POSITIONS

2001-pres.  Associate Professor, Department of Archaeology, U. of Calgary.

2011-pres.  Graduate Program Director, Department of Archaeology, U. of Calgary.

2005-pres.  Research Fellow, Latin American Research Centre, U. of Calgary.

EDUCATION

1996  Ph.D., Department of Anthropology, The University of Texas at Austin. 

RECENT PROJECTS

2011-pres.  Director and Principal Investigator.  Yaxnohcah Archaeological Project, Campeche, Mexico.  Armando Anaya, Co-Director.

2002-09  Director and Principal Investigator.  Naachtun Archaeological Project, Peten, Guatemala.  Martin Rangel, Co-Director.

1999-2002  Project Director.  Western Escarpment Archaeological Excavation and Survey Project, Programme for Belize, Orange Walk District, Belize.

  •  2000-02  archaeological excavations at the site of Mahogany Ridge; 

  •  1999-2000  anthropogenic landscape survey.

1998  Project Director.  New River Lagoon Settlement Study, Programme for Belize, Orange Walk, Belize.

1992-97  Associate Director (Field Director 1992-95).  Cerros Cooperative Archaeological and Development Project, Corozal District, Belize, Dr. Debra S. Walker, Director.