Faculty » Wendy Ashmore
Professor Ashmore's interests center on the social use and understanding of space. Since the mid-1970s, she has studied the architecture and settlement patterns of the ancient Maya and neighboring peoples, through archaeological field research in Guatemala, Honduras and Belize. Her consideration of the social and symbolic aspects of spatial organization has been expressed in the archaeology of households, the analysis of civic planning in cities and towns, and the study of ancient landscapes. Most recently, she has turned attention to how gender affects and is affected by architecture and other kinds of spatial order. She has completed a monograph on settlement and landscape at the Maya center of Quiriguá, Guatemala, and is developing monograph reports on her work at Gualjoquito and Copan, both in Honduras, as well as a book on social meanings of space among the ancient Maya and their neighbors. She continues writing on ancient civic planning, on social memory at Quiriguá and Gualjoquito, on social and political contexts of Xunantunich, Belize, on landscapes and on gender in archaeology. At UCR, she has won the Distinguished Teaching Award (2007), the Doctoral Advisor/Mentor Award (2009), and delivered the Distinguished Humanities Lecture of the Center for Ideas and Society (2010). Professional honors include awards from the Society for American Archaeology and the American Anthropological Association, most recently, the lifetime achievement Alfred Vincent Kidder Award for Eminence in American Archaeology (2012).
SELECT BOOKS: Voices in American Archaeology (edited with Dorothy T. Lippert and Barbara J. Mills, 2010); Settlement Archaeology at Quiriguá, Guatemala (2007); Integrating the Diversity of 21st-Century Anthropology: The Life and Intellectual Legacies of Susan Kent (edited with Marcia-Anne Dobres, Sarah Milledge Nelson, and Arlene Rosen, 2006); Discovering Our Past: A Brief Introduction to Archaeology, 6th ed. (with Robert J. Sharer, 2013); Archaeologies of Landscape: Contemporary Perspectives (edited with A. Bernard Knapp, 1999); Household and Community in the Mesoamerican Past (edited with Richard Wilk, 1988); Lowland Maya Settlement Patterns (editor, 1981).
ARTICLES AND CHAPTERS: Mobile Bodies, Empty Spaces (forthcoming); History, Networks, and the Quest for Power: Ancient Political Competition in the Lower Motagua Valley, Guatemala (with Edward M. Schortman; Journal of the Royal Anthropological Institute, 2012); Antecedents, Allies, Antagonists: Xunantunich and its Neighbors (2010); The Xunantunich Archaeological Project 1991-1997 (with Richard M. Leventhal, Lisa J. LeCount, and Jason Yaeger, forthcoming); Political Assertion, Settlement Expansion, and Everyday Life in the Xunantunich Hinterland (with Cynthia Robin and Jason Yaeger, 2010); Mesoamerican Landscape Archaeologies (2009); Biographies of Place at Quirigua, Guatemala (2009); Visions of the Cosmos (2008); Landscape Archaeology (with Chelsea Blackmore, 2008); Legacies of Gordon Willey's Belize Valley Research (2007); Building Social History at Pueblo Bonito: Footnotes to a Biography of Place (2007); Gender and Landscapes (2006); The Idea of a Maya Town (2005); Social Archaeologies of Landscape (2004); Classic Maya Landscapes and Settlement (2004); Ancient Maya Landscapes (2004); Commoner Sense: Late and Terminal Classic Social Strategies in the Xunantunich Area (with Jason Yaeger and Cynthia Robin, 2004); Xunantunich in a Belize Valley Context (with Richard M. Leventhal, 2004); On Theory in Maya Settlement Archaeology (2003); "Decisions and Dispositions": Socializing Spatial Archaeology (American Anthropologist, 2002); Spatial Order in Maya Civic Plans (with Jeremy A. Sabloff; Latin American Antiquity, 2002); Dating the Rise and Fall of Xunantunich: A Late and Terminal Classic Maya Center (with Lisa J. LeCount, Jason Yaeger, and Richard M. Leventhal; Ancient Mesoamerica, 2002); Encountering Ancient Maya Women (2002); An Aspect of Archaeology's Recent Past and Its Importance in the New Millennium (with Jeremy A. Sabloff, 2001); Monumentos Políticos: Sitios, Asentamiento, y Paisaje por Xunantunich, Belice (1998); Site Planning Principles and Concepts of Directionality among the Ancient Maya, (Latin American Antiquity, 1991).