Joyce Marcus

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Museum Director
Curator of Latin American Archaeology
Robert L. Carneiro Distinguished University Professor of Social Evolution

4038 Museums Bldg, 1109 Geddes Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079

Office Location(s): 4038 Museums
Phone: 734.763.5164
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  • About

    Research interests:  Comparative states, chiefdoms; early villages and household archaeology; origins of complexity and hereditary inequality; writing systems; gender, craft specialization; urbanism; political economy

    Joyce Marcus works on cycles of change in chiefly societies, first- and second-generation states, as well as expansionist empires. She combines ethnohistory, ethnography, art, and hieroglyphic writing to shed light on ancient societies. She has excavated in the USA, Mexico, Guatemala, and Peru.  

    Selected Publications:

    Archaic States (co-ed. with Gary M. Feinman)
    Mesoamerican Writing Systems
    Emblem and State in the Classic Maya Lowlands

    Excavations at Cerro Azul, Peru: The Architecture and Pottery

  • Education
    • A.B., University of California-Berkeley, 1969
    • M.A., Harvard University, 1971
    • Ph.D., Harvard University, 1974
  • Awards
    • 2005–2007, Chair of Anthropology, National Academy of Sciences
    • 1997, American Academy of Arts and Sciences
    • 1997, National Academy of Sciences
    • 1995, LSA Excellence in Research Award
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