My research focuses on the pre-Columbian peoples of Mesoamerica particularly surrounding issues of power, political dynamics, religion, interregional interaction, warfare, and landscape. Since 1986, I have conducted interdisciplinary archaeological and paleoenvironmental research in the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. I use theories of practice, power, and materiality to examine sociopolitical change in ancient Oaxaca. I also investigate the 4000 year history of human impact on the environment along the Río Verde drainage basin of Oaxaca. My field research includes archaeological excavation and survey in the lower Río Verde Valley along the Pacific coast as well as archaeological, geological and paleoecological research in the Nochixtlan and Oaxaca Valleys in the highlands.
Mesoamerican archaeology, archaeology of Oaxaca, archaeological method and theory, social theory in archaeology, political change, religion, materiality, geoarchaeology, landscape archaeology, ceramic analysis, exchange and interaction, human impact on the environment