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Joyce, Arthur A Professor

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  • 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.

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  • 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

Publications

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Teaching

courses taught

  • ANTH 1190 - Origins of Ancient Civilizations
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Examines origins of the world's first civilizations in Mesopotamia, Egypt, the Indus Valley, Mesoamerica, and the Andes. Covers archaeology of ancient cities, trade, economy, politics, warfare, religion, and ideology. Seeks insights into general processes of cultural evolution.
  • ANTH 4020 - Explorations in Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Special topics in cultural and physical anthropology, as well as archaeology. Check with the department for semester offerings. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Same as ANTH 5020.
  • ANTH 4220 - From Olmec to Aztec: The Archaeology of Mexico
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Examines the archaeology of Mexico from the initial peopling of the Americas to the Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire. Studies origins of complex societies; ancient Mexican cities, states and empires; religion and politics; trade and interaction; ecology and economy; and social organization. Recommended prerequisite: ANTH 2200. Same as ANTH 5220.
  • ANTH 5020 - Explorations in Anthropology
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Special topics in cultural and physical anthropology, as well as archaeology. Check with the department for semester offerings. May be repeated up to 9 total credit hours. Same as ANTH 4020.
  • ANTH 5220 - From Olmec to Aztec: The Archaeology of Mexico
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2018
    Examines the archaeology of Mexico from the initial peopling of the Americas to the Spanish conquest of the Aztec empire. Studies origins of complex societies; ancient Mexican cities, states and empires; religion and politics; trade and interaction; ecology and economy; and social organization. Same as ANTH 4220.
  • ANTH 5345 - Archaeological Theory
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018
    Provides an advanced introduction to the history of archaeological theory from the late 19th century to the present. Topics include culture history, cultural evolution, systems ecology, behavioral archaeology, analogy and middle range theory, collective action, ecology, agency, practice, gender, identity, landscape, epistemology, materiality and memory.

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global connections related to teaching and scholarly work (in recent years)

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