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Department of Anthropology
303 Eaton Hall
Medford, MA 02155
Lecturer, Anthropology and Classics
Ph.D in Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin
Mesoamerican Archaeology, Ceramic Analysis, Rise and Fall of Complex Societies
Scholarship & Research
My research interests are in the social mechanisms involved in the development and demise of complex societies, concentrating on Mesoamerica. The central theme behind my research is to gain a better understanding of the processes involved in the establishment and collapse of social hierarchies and how these are expressed in the archaeological record. I examine these issues though a contextual analysis of material culture (specifically pottery) from a number of different sites. As the ceramicist for the Programme for Belize Archaeology Project in the Three Rivers Region of northwestern Belize, I am in the process of developing a regional chronology for the area which involves the analysis of ceramics recovered from a number across the region(ranging from isolated finds to large cities such as La Milpa) and dating from the Middle Preclassic (900 B.C.) to Terminal Classic (A.D. 900).
I am also the Associate Director of the St. George's Caye Archaeological project where we are excavating the remains of the first capital of Belize. This project is focused on historic period occupation where we are finding some of the forefathers of Belize that were associated with the Battle of St. George's Caye in 1798 when the Baymen fought off the Spanish. A significant part of this public archaeology project involves working closely with the local community on the island to carry out research that is of importance to them and to share our findings.
2013 Sullivan, Lauren A. and Jaime J. Awe, Establishing the Cunil Ceramic Complex at Cahal Pech, Belize. In Ancient Maya Pottery: Classification, Analysis, and Interpretation, edited by Jim Aimers, 107-120. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.
2013 Sullivan, Lauren A., Brett A. Houk, Gregory Zaro, and Lindsey R. Moats, Deciphering a Terminal Classic Surface Artifact Deposit at Courtyard 100, La Milpa: The View from the Ceramic Data. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology, Vol. 10, pp. 211-218. Institute of Archaeology, Belmopan, Belize.
2012 Sullivan, Lauren A., Report on Ceramic Analysis for La Milpa Terminal Classic Project. In The 2011 Season of the La Milpa Core Project, edited by Brett A. Houk, pp. 77-106. Occasional Papers, Number 13. Mesoamerican Archaeological Research Laboratory, The University of Texas at Austin.
2012 Sullivan, Lauren A., James F. Garber, and Jaime J. Awe, The Archaeology of St. George's Caye: Results of the 2010 Season. In Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology, Vol. 9, pp. 297-304. Institute of Archaeology, Belmopan, Belize.
2009 Sullivan, Lauren A., Jaime J. Awe, and M. Kathryn Brown, Refining the Cunil Ceramic Complex at Cahal Pech Belize. In Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology, Vol. 6, pp. 161-168. Institute of Archaeology, Belmopan, Belize.
2009 Sullivan, Lauren, Plaza B Excavations at Cahal Pech: Ceramic Analysis. In The Belize Valley Archaeology Project: Results of the 2008 Field Season, edited by James F. Garber. Report submitted to the Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History, Belmopan, Belize, 2009. pp. 30-54.
2008 Sullivan, Lauren A., Jon B. Hageman, Brett A. Houk, Paul Hughbanks, and Fred Valdez, Jr., Structure Abandonment and Landscape Transformation: Examples from the Three Rivers Region. In Ruins of the Past: The Use and Perception of Abandoned Structures in the Maya Lowlands, edited by Travis W. Stanton and Aline Magnoni, pp. 91-111. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.
2008 Sullivan, Lauren A., Cahal Pech Pottery Analysis: Plaza B Excavations In The Belize Valley Archaeology Project: Results of the 2007 Field Season, edited by James F. Garber. Report submitted to the Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History, Belmopan, Belize. 2008. pp. 27-40.
2007 Sullivan, Lauren. A., Brett A. Houk, and Fred Valdez, Jr., The Terminal Classic in the Three Rivers Region. In Research Reports in the Belizean Archaeology, Vol. 4., pp. 135-146. Institute of Archaeology, Belmopan, Belize.
2003 Sullivan, Lauren A. and Kerry L. Sagebiel, Changing Political Alliances in the Three Rivers Region. In Heterarchy, Political Economy, and the Ancient Maya: The Three Rivers Region of the east-central Yucatan Peninsula, edited by Vernon L. Scarborough, Fred Valdez, Jr. and Nicholas P. Dunning, pp. 25-36. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.
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