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Travis Stanton

Associate Professor and Department Chair
Ph.D. 2000 Southern Methodist University

Office: 1343 Watkins Hall
Phone: (951) 827-4366
E-mail: travis.stanton@ucr.edu

Professor Stanton’s primary research interests are in Mesoamerican archaeology (with a focus in the Maya area), ceramic technology, landscape archaeology, memory, prehistoric violence and warfare, settlement patterns, ethnoarchaeology, experimental archaeology, and the origins of civilizations. He currently co-directs the Proyecto de Interacción Política del Centro de Yucatán with Dr. Aline Magnoni and Dr. Traci Ardren, the Proyecto Sacbé Yaxuná-Cobá, also with Dr. Aline Magnoni and Dr. Traci Ardren, and Proyecto El Ramonal (Cozumel) with Dr. Jonathan Pagliaro. These projects are aimed at understanding how the ancient Maya employed different strategies of social, political, and economic integration throughout the prehistoric and early Colonial periods in the northern Maya lowlands. Professor Stanton also works with indigenous Maya potters in the towns of Muna and San Francisco in a collaborative project designed to understand ancient Maya pottery technology.


The Archaeology of Yucatán: New Directions and Data. BAR International Series. Archaeopress, Oxford. (2014)

The Rise of Formative Period Complex Societies in the Northern Maya Lowlands. In Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology, edited by D.L. Nichols and C.A. Pool, pp. 268-282. Oxford University Press, Oxford. (2012)

The Middle Formative of Yucatán in Context: The View from Yaxuná. Ancient Mesoamerica16:213-228. (2005)

Garbage of the Gods? Squatters, Refuse Disposal, and Termination Rituals among the Ancient Maya. Latin American Antiquity 19:227-247. (2008)

Placing the Centre, Centring the Place: The Influence of Formative Sacbeob in Classic Site Design at Yaxuná, Yucatán. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 15:225-249. (2005)

Excavations at Yaxuná, 1986-1996: Results of the Selz Foundation Yaxuná Project. BAR International Series 2056. Archaeopress, Oxford. (2010)

Warfare, Ceramic Economy, and the Itzá: A Reconsideration of the Itzá Polity in Ancient Yucatán. Ancient Mesoamerica 12:229-246. (2001)

Ruins of the Past: The Use and Perception of Abandoned Structures in the Maya Lowlands. University Press of Colorado, Boulder. (2008)

Ancient Mesoamerican Warfare. AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek. (2003)