-- Wide Urban World blog
-- Publishing Archaeology Blog
-- Calixtlahuacca Archaeological Project Blog
-- "Urban Organization Through the Ages" (project)
I am an archaeologist specializing in the Aztecs of central Mexico. My professional title is Professor of Anthropology in the School of Human Evolution and Social Change (formerly the Department of Anthropology) at Arizona State University. My other affiliations are: Affiliated Faculty in the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning (ASU); Core Faculty, Center for Social Dynamics and Complexity (ASU); and Investigador External, El Colegio Mexiquense (Toluca, Mexico). I have directed fieldwork projects at Aztec sites in the Mexican state of Morelos and in the Toluca Valley, and I have published several books and numerous scholarly articles on this work.
My research focuses on two broad areas: Aztec social and economic organization, and the comparative analysis of ancient urban societies. My theoretical and comparative interests derive from a scientific, materialist, political-economy approach to ancient state societies. I have published on topics of urbanism, imperialism, households, and economic organization. Currently, my students and I are working on artifacts excavated from Calixtlahuaca (NSF support), and I am working on a transdisciplinary urbanism project (NSF support).
No, I am NOT the interior decorator of the Obama White House (nor am I the jockey who won the Kentucky Derby in 2005)
Lectures I gave, 2012-2013: ((There will be FEWER of these in 2013-2014 !!))
9/21/2012-- Aztec Households and Communities: Archaeology of a Sustainable Way of Life. Maya Society of Minnesota, St. Paul, MN.
9/22/2012-- The Contemporary Relevance of Archaeological Data. Saturday workshop, St. Paul, MN.
11/9/2012-- Are Ancient Cities Relevant to Contemporary Urbanization?: Archaeology and Comparative Urbanism. Department of Archaeology, University of Toronto.
11/9/2012-- Archaeological measures of the quality of life for ancient communities and households. Archaeology Centre, University of Toronto.
11/30/2012-- The relevance of ancient cities for understanding contemporary urbanization. School of Geographical Sciences, Arizona State University.
12/11/2012-- The Comparative Analysis of Urban Form, From Uruk to Black Rock City., Acumen conference, "Assembly for Comparative Urbanisation and the Material Environment , University of Leeds, UK
1/4/2013-- SOMETHING ON URBANISM, Department of Anthropology, UCLA
2/11/2013-- Population, Diversity, and Function in Early Urbanism: A Comparative Perspective. Paper at a conference in Stuttgart.
3/22/2013-- New Perspectives on Aztec Households, Communities, and Cities, Jeffrey Parsons Leture, Museum of Anthropology, University of Michigan.
4/??/2013-- Some talks at the SAA meetings, Honolulu.
4/23/2013-- When “Small was Beautiful”: The Ancient History of Resilient Practices. Invited Earth Day Lecture, Pacific Lutheran University.
Biographical and Professional Information:
Publications & downloads (my page)
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Research Material, Toluca Valley:
Some recent publications:
"Archaeology as a Social Science" (2012)
ASU Links:- Elinor Ostrom, the Nobel Prize, and SHESC.
- Podcast on Open Access publishing at ASU
- Urban Organization Through the Ages: Neighborhoods, Open Spaces, and Urban Life
List of publications & downloads
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