Elizabeth Graham

Research Interests

  • Maya archaeology
  • Urban environmental impact in the humid tropics
  • Coastal trade
  • Religion and iconography in Colonial Mesoamerica
  • Ecotourism and development.
  • Research areas: Belize, Cuba.

Research Directory Records

Collaborations and Affiliations

  • Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología y Medio Ambiente, Cuba.
  • Adjunct Research Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada
  • Adjunct Professor, Dept. of Anthropology, University of North Carolina, Wilmington.
  • Associate Fellow, Latin America Programme, Institute for the Study of the Americas, University of London School of Advanced Studies

Educational Background

  • BA, History, University of Rhode Island, Kingston.
  • PhD, Archaeology, Cambridge University.
  • Graham, E. (2009) Close Encounters. In Maya Worldviews at Conquest, ed. by Leslie G. Cecil and Timothy W. Pugh, 17-38. Boulder: University of Colorado Press.
  • Scott Simmons, David M. Pendergast, & Elizabeth Graham (2009). The Context and Significance of Copper Artifacts in Postclassic and Early Historic Lamanai, Belize. Journal of Field Archaeology 34(1): 57-75.
  • Graham, E. (2008) Lamanai Historic Monuments Conservation Project: Recording and Consolidation of New Church Architectural Features at Lamanai, Belize (2008). With contributions by Claude Belanger. FAMSI (Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc. http://www.famsi.org/reports/06110C/index.html
  • Graham, E. (2007) Review of Mel Gibson's Apocalypto in The Guardian, originally featured on the 8th of January 2007 in print. Available on-line at: http://film.guardian.co.uk/features/featurepages/0,,1985074,00.html
  • Graham, E. (2006). An Ethnicity to Know. In Maya Ethnicity: The Construction of Ethnic Identity from Preclassic to Modern Times, edited by Frauke Sachse, pp. 109-124. Acta Mesoamerica, Vol. 19. Markt Schwaben: Verlag Anton Saurwein.
  • Graham, E. (2006). A Neotropical Framework for Terra Preta. In Time & Complexity in Historical Ecology: Studies in the Neotropical Lowlands, edited by William Baleé & Clark Erickson, pp. 57-86. Columbia University Press, New York.
  • Graham, E. (2006) Due South: Learning from the Urban Experience in the Humid Tropics. In Reconstructing the Past: Studies in Mesoamerican and Central American Prehistory, edited by David M. Pendergast and Anthony P. Andrews, pp. 151-158. BAR International Series 1529. British Archaeological Reports, Oxford.
  • Stemp, James W. and Elizabeth Graham (2006). Ancient Maya Procurement and Use of Chipped Chert and Chalcedony Tools at Marco Gonzalez, Ambergris Caye, Belize. Lithic Technology 31(1):27-55.
  • Peros, Matthew C., Elizabeth Graham and Anthony Davis (2006). Stratigraphic Investigations at Los Buchillones, a Coastal Taino Site in North-Central Cuba. Geoarchaeology 21(5):403-428.
  • Graham, E. (2004). Lamanai Reloaded: Alive and Well in the Early Postclassic. In Archaeological Investigations in the Eastern Maya Lowlands, edited by Jaime Awe, John Morris, & Sherilyne Jones, pp.223-241. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology, Volume 1. Institute of Archaeology, NICH, Belize.
  • Graham, E. (2003) Kitty F. Emery and Elizabeth Graham. Marine Resource Availability and Use at Marco Gonzalez, Belize. In Transitions in Zooarchaeology: New Methods and New Results, edited by Kathlyn Stewart, pp. 68-102. Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa.

Current Students

  • Ewa Czapiewska Social, economic and political dimensions of three palace complexes at El Zotz, Guatemala: Ceramic Analsysis (second supervisor Bill Sillar)
  • Lindsay Duncan Lessons in Sustainable Waste Management from an Ancient Maya Salt Production Centre in Belize (joint supervision with Julia Stegemann, second supervisor Manuel Arroyo-Kalin
  • Gail Hammond Bajo aggregated communities at the edge  of the Maya world: Nojol Nah,  Tulix Muul  and the Alacranes Bajo (second supervisor Manuel Arroyo-Kalin
  • Eva Jobbova Long-term relationship between Maya Society and the local environment: Spatial and Epigraphic Approaches (joint supervision with Andy Bevan
  • Amy Maitland Gardner A study of court etiquette and its representation in Late Classic Maya figural art (joint supervision with Jeremy Tanner
  • Simon Martin The ancient Maya State: An epigraphic approach to reconstructing a Pre-Hispanic political system (second supervisor David Wengrow)
  • Tessa Robinson The cultural and social significance of knots amongst the Ancient Maya (second supervisor Jeremy Tanner)
  • Carmen Ting Revisiting the 'Classic Maya Collapse': Technological analysis of the Bukphase ceramics in the Maya Lowlands (joint supervision with Marcos Martinon-Torres)
  • Claudia Zehrt Do we need royalty? The negotiation of social identity from the standpoint of the support population at Minanha, Belize (second supervisor Bill Sillar)

Second Supervisor

  • James Hales Bats in churches: An objective assessment of perceived problems (principal supervisor Elizabeth Pye)

Completed PhD Students

  • Robert Homsher Constructional aspects of urbanization in Middle Bronze Age southern Levant: a geoarchaeological study of site formation (joint second supervisor with Katherine Wright; principal supervisor Arlene Rosen)
  • Lesley Acton Allotments and domestic self-sufficiency (principal supervisor Kathy Tubb)


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