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Travis Stanton

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. Traci Ardren, the Proyecto Sacbé Yaxuná-Cobá, with Dr. Aline Magnoni and Dr. Traci Ardren, and Proyecto Arqueológico 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.


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

Stanton, Travis W., and Ximena Chávez Balderas (editors)
2011 Archaeology and Memory in Middle America. Special Section of Ancient Mesoamerica22:398-462.

Stanton, Travis W., David A. Freidel, Charles K. Suhler, Traci Ardren, James N. Ambrosino, Justine M. Shaw, and Sharon Bennett
2010 Excavations at Yaxuná, 1986-1996: Results of the Selz Foundation Yaxuná Project. BAR International Series 2056. Archaeopress, Oxford.

Stanton, Travis W., and Aline Magnoni (editors)
2008 Ruins of the Past: The Use and Perception of Abandoned Structures in the Maya Lowlands.  University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

Brown, M. Kathryn, and Travis W. Stanton (editors)
2003 Ancient Mesoamerican Warfare.  AltaMira Press, Walnut Creek.

Tiesler, Vera, Andrea Cucina, Travis W. Stanton, and David A. Freidel
2017 Before Kukulkán: Maya Life, Death, and Identity at Classic Period Yaxuná. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Stanton, Travis W.
2017 The Founding of Yaxuná: Place and Trade in Preclassic Yucatan. In Early Maya E-Groups, Solar Calendars, and the Role of Astronomy in the Rise of Lowland Maya Urbanism, edited by D.A. Freidel, A.F. Chase, A.S. Dowd, and J. Murdock, pp. 450-479. University of Florida Press, Gainesville.

Stanton, Travis W., M. Kathryn Brown, and Jonathan B. Pagliaro
2008 Garbage of the Gods? Squatters, Refuse Disposal, and Termination Rituals among the Ancient Maya. Latin American Antiquity19:227-247.

Stanton, Travis W., and Ryan H. Collins
2017 Los orígenes de los mayas del norte: investigaciones en el Grupo E de Yaxuná. Arqueología Mexicana 145:32-37.

Stanton, Travis W., and David A. Freidel
2005 Placing the Centre, Centring the Place: The Influence of Formative Sacbeob in Classic Site Design at Yaxuná, Yucatán. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 15:225-249.

Stanton, Travis W., and Tomás Gallareta Negrón
2001 Warfare, Ceramic Economy, and the Itzá: A Reconsideration of the Itzá Polity in Ancient Yucatán. Ancient Mesoamerica 12:229-246.