Maya Research Program


Maya Research Program’s Publications


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Books and Monographs


The Value of Things: Prehistoric to Contemporary Maya Commodities. Edited by Thomas H. Guderjan and Jennifer Mathews. University of Arizona Press. (2017).

Life, Wealth, Social Organization and Ritual in the ancient Maya city of Blue Creek, Belize. Edited by Thomas H. Guderjan. BAR Press, Oxford, England (2016).

The Nature of an Ancient Maya City: Resources, Interaction and Power at Blue Creek, Belize. By Thomas H. Guderjan. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa (2007).

Ancient Maya Traders of Ambergris Caye, Second Edition (updated). By Thomas H. Guderjan. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa (2007).

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Articles:


From Crafting to Caching: Technological and Iconographic Analyses of Blue Creek Cache 37. Joshua J. Kwoka, C. Colleen Hanratty, and Thomas H. Guderjan. Latin American Antiquity (in review).

The Tulix Mul mural and ancient Maya political interactions. Christophe Helmke, C. Colleen Hanratty, Pieta Greaves, Thomas H. Guderjan and Gail Hammond. Precolumbian Art Research Institute Journal (in review.)

Ancient Maya Wetland Management in Two Watersheds in Belize: Soils, Water and Paleo-environmental Change. Samantha Krause, Timothy Beach Beach, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, Thomas Guderjan, Fred Valdez, Colin Doyle, Sara Eshleman and Steven Bozarth. Quaternary International (in review).

Laser Imaging and the Re-enchantment of Ancient Maya Wetland Farming. Timothy Beach, Sheryl-Luzzadder-Beach, Thomas Guderjan, Fred Valdez, Samantha Krause, Sara Eshleman, and Colin Doyle. Science (in review).

Muck and the ancient Maya: Wetland geomorphology and paleoecology near Akab Muclil, Rio Bravo floodplain of the Belize coastal plain. Samantha Krause, Timothy Beach, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, Gerald Islebe, Manuel R Palacios-Fest, Colin Doyle, Sara Eshleman, Thomas H Guderjan Geomorphology (in review)

First Evidence of the Ka’an Dynasty in northern Belize. Colleen Hanratty, Bruce Love, Stanley Guenther and Thomas Guderjan. Mexicon 38:6: cover & page 142 (2017).

Contemporary Use and Recycling of ancient Maya artifacts in a contemporary Maya village: A Case study from Yaxunah. Grace Bascopé and Thomas Guderjan. Mexicon 37:4:91-97 (2016)

Understanding Xnoha: Temporal and Spatial Dynamics. Thomas Guderjan, Colleen Hanratty, Brie Deschenes, Hollie Lincoln, Morgan Moodie, Alexander Parmington, Hannah Plumer, Carlos Quiroz, Justin Telepak and Marc Wolf. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 13:317-327 (2016).

Mayacene Floodplain and Wetland Formation in the Rio Bravo Watershed of Northwestern Belize. Tim Beach, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, Samantha Krause, Nicholas Brokaw, Nicholas Dunning, Jonathan Flood, Thomas Guderjan, Fred Valdez, and Stan Walling. The Holocene 25: 10: 1612-1626 (2015).

Refining the Database: Ongoing investigations of the dynamics of Classic Maya political integration in Northwestern Belize. Thomas Guderjan and Colleen Hanratty. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 12: 367-376 (2015).

The Floating Gardens of Chan Cahal: Soils, Water and Human Interactions. Timothy Beach, Sheryl-Luzzadder-Beach, Thomas Guderjan and Samantha Krause. Catena 132:151-164 (2015).

Mortuary Ritual in the Terminal Preclassic: Evidence from the Maya Site of Blue Creek in Northern Belize. Thomas Guderjan, Steven Bozarth, David Glassman, Robert Lichtenstein, and Norbert Stanchly. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 347-359 (2014)

Charles Choi. Maya Altered their environment significantly, for better or worse. PNAS Journal Club.

Tim Beach, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, Duncan Cook, Nicholas Dunning, Douglas Kennett, Samantha Krause, Richard Terry, Debora Trein, and Fred Valdez. Ancient Maya Impacts on the Earth's Surface. Quaternary Science Review. Vol. 124. pgs 1-30.

Thomas H. Guderjan. Landscapes and Maya Settlement in Northwestern Belize. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology Volume 10.

Archaeology Institute of America Site Preservation Grant Awarded to Tulix Mul, Belize

Thomas H. Guderjan and Robert Warden. Practical Recording Issues at Small and Large Scales in Maya archaeology. The Society for American Archaeology: The Archaeological Record.

Tim Beach, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, and Nickolas Dunning. Wetland fields as mirrors of drought and the Maya abandonment. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

Tim Beach, Sheryl Luzzader-Beach, and Nickolas Dunning. Kax and Kol: Collapse and resilience in Lowland Maya Civilization. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences .

Thomas H. Guderjan. Developing Models of Maya Trade with Data from Ambergis Caye and Blue Creek, Belize. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology Volume 9.

Thomas Guderjan and Sam Krause. Identifying the Extent of Ancient Maya Ditched Field Systems in the Río Hondo Valley of Belize and Mexico. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 8.

Thomas H. Guderjan. Scorpions, Wetlands, and Jade: 20 years of fieldwork at Blue Creek, Belize. The Explorer's Club Journal.
 
Helen Haines. The Bedrock Vase: Iconography of a Classic Period Maya Vase from Northwestern Belize. Mexicon. 33. 11-13.

Thomas Guderjan, Jason Barrett, Tim Beach, Steven Bozarth, William T. Brown, D. Bruce Dickson, Pieta Graeves, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, Tim Preston, Robert Warden, and Marc Wolf. Current Research in Northwestern Belize in 2008 and 2009. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 7.

Thomas Guderjan,  Timothy Beach, Steve Bozarth, C. Colleen Hanratty, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, and Timothy Preston. New information about the Demise of a Maya City: Fieldwork at Blue Creek, Belize, 2006 and 2007. Mexicon 32:15-22.

Thomas Guderjan, Tim Beach, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, Steve Bozarth. Understanding the Causes of Abandonment in the Maya Lowlands. Archaeological Review of Cambridge 24:2:99-122.

Thomas H. Guderjan and C. Colleen Hanratty. Power and Authority at the Classic Maya city of Blue Creek. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 6:119-136.

Thomas Guderjan, Timothy Beach, Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach, Steve Bozarth, Nicholas Dunning, John Jones, Jon Lohse, Sarah Millspaugh, and Tripti Bhattacharya. A Review of Human and Natural Changes in Maya Lowlands Wetlands over the Holocene. Quaternary Science Review 28: 1710-1724.

Thomas H. Guderjan. Current Research Domains at Blue Creek. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 5:281-298.

Thomas H. Guderjan. The Nature of an Ancient Maya City: Resources, Interaction and Power at Blue Creek, Belize. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.

Thomas Guderjan and C. Colleen Hanratty. The Maya Blue Creek Project,  Minerva: The International Review of Ancient Art & Archaeology. May/June 23-25. London.

Thomas Guderjan and C. Colleen Hanratty. Factors of Stress and Processes Leading to the end of the Classic Period at Blue Creek,  Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology: 4:155-165.

Thomas Guderjan and C. Colleen Hanratty. A Thriving Non-Royal Lineage at Blue Creek: Evidence from a Sequence of Burials Caches and Architecture.  Acta Mesoamericana 19.

Thomas Guderjan and Jason Barrett. An Ancient Maya River Dock and Dam at Blue Creek, Belize. Latin American Antiquity 17:2: 227-239.


Thomas Guderjan. E-Groups, Pseudo E-Groups, and the Development of the Classic Maya Identity in the Eastern Petén. Ancient Mesoamerica 17: 1: 1-8.

Thomas Guderjan. The Basics of Non-Profit Corporations and Archaeology.  Archaeological Record 4:4:18-19.

Thomas Guderjan. Lessons Learned from a Volunteer Based Research Project in Central America. Archaeological Record 5:1:33-35.

Thomas Guderjan. The Early Classic at Blue Creek. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 2: 131-142.

Thomas Guderjan. Shifting Centers of Authority in Chetumal Bay, pages 183-196, in Quintana Roo Archaeology, edited by Justine Shaw and Jennifer Mathews. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Thomas Guderjan. Recreating the Maya Cosmos: Early Classic Caches at Blue Creek. Acta Mesoamericana 14:33-39.

Thomas Guderjan. Public Architecture, Ritual and Temporal Dynamics at the Maya Center of Blue Creek. Ancient Mesoamerica 15:2:1-17.

Thomas Guderjan and Steven Bozarth. Biosilicate Analysis of Residue in Maya Dedicatory Cache Vessels from Blue Creek, Belize. Journal of Archaeological Science 31:2:205-215.

Thomas Guderjan. Elite Burial Rites from the site of Chac Balam on Ambergris Caye, Belize. Mexicon 26:5:98-102.


Thomas Guderjan, Jeffrey Baker and Robert Lichtenstein. Environmental and Cultural Diversity at Blue Creek. Heterarchy, Political Economy and the Ancient Maya, pages 77-91, , Edited by Vernon Scarborough, Fred Valdez, Jr. and Nicholas Dunning. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque.

Thomas Guderjan, Robert Lichtenstein and Colleen Hanratty. Elite Residences at Blue Creek, Belize. Maya Palaces and Elite Residences, pages 13-45,  Edited by J. J. Christie. University of Texas Press, Austin. 
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Research Reports


The 26th Annual report of the Blue Creek Archaeological Project. Edited by Thomas H. Guderjan and C. Colleen Hanratty. Submitted to the Institute of Archaeology National Institute Belmopan, Belize, (CSSR Research Report 6) Maya Research Program, Tyler, Texas (May, 2018).

The 25th Annual report of the Blue Creek Archaeological Project. Edited by Thomas H. Guderjan and C. Colleen Hanratty. Submitted to the Institute of Archaeology National Institute Belmopan, Belize, (CSSR Research Report 5) Maya Research Program, Tyler, Texas (May, 2017).

The 24
th Annual report of the Blue Creek Archaeological Project. Edited by Thomas H. Guderjan and C. Colleen Hanratty. Submitted to the Institute of Archaeology National Institute Belmopan, Belize, (CSSR Research Report 4) Maya Research Program, Tyler, Texas (May, 2016).

The 23rd Annual Report of the Blue Creek Archaeological Project. Edited by Thomas H. Guderjan and C. Colleen Hanratty. Submitted to the Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History, Belmopan, Belize, Maya Research Program, Tyler, Texas.

The 22nd Annual Report of the Blue Creek Archaeological Project. Edited by Thomas H. Guderjan and C. Colleen Hanratty. Submitted to the Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History, Belmopan, Belize, Maya Research Program, Tyler, Texas.

The 21st annual report of the Blue Creek Archaeological Project. Edited by Thomas H. Guderjan and C. Colleen Hanratty.  Submitted to the Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History, Belmopan, Belize, Maya Research Program, Tyler, Texas.

The 20th annual report of the Blue Creek Archaeological Project. Edited by Thomas H. Guderjan and C. Colleen Hanratty.  Submitted to the Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History, Belmopan, Belize, Maya Research Program, Tyler, Texas.

The 19th annual report of the Blue Creek Archaeological Project. Edited by Thomas H. Guderjan.  Submitted to the Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History, Belmopan, Belize, Maya Research Program, Tyler, Texas.

The 2009 Season of the Blue Creek Archaeological Project. Edited by Thomas H. Guderjan Submitted to the Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History, Belmopan, Belize, Maya Research Program, Tyler, Texas.

Seventeenth Sojurn: Report of the 2008 Season of the Blue Creek Archaeological Project. Senior editor Thomas H. Guderjan. Submitted to the Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History, Belmopan, Belize, Maya Research Program, Fort Worth, Texas.

Blue Creek Archaeological Project; Report of 2007 Fieldwork, Edited by Thomas H. Guderjan. Submitted to the Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History, Belmopan, Belize, Maya Research Program, Fort Worth, Texas.

The Blue Creek Archaeological Project: Report of 2006 Fieldwork, Edited by Thomas H. Guderjan. Submitted to the Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History, Belmopan, Belize, Maya Research Program, Fort Worth, Texas.

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Radio Interviews and Podcasts


Archaeology and the Maya Research Program. Archaeology and Ale Podcast, Archaeology Podcast Network. Hannah Plumer, University of Sheffield.

Texas Matters: The Alamo Battles Decay. Texas Public Radio. David Davies interviews Robert Warden, Director of the Center for Heritage Conservation at Texas A&M University.

Archaeological Non-Profits: The Maya Research Program. Radio America Variety Channel. Dr. Joseph Schuldenrien interviews Dr. Thomas Guderjan, President of the Maya Research Program

Who were the Ancient Maya? Radio America Variety Channel. Dr. Joseph Schuldenrien interviews Dr. Timothy Beach (University of Texas at Austin) and Dr. Sheryl Luzzader-Beach (University of Texas at Austin)
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Popular Press Articles


"Endagered Ancient Maya Sites Saved." Popular Archaeology.

“Archaeologists Campaign to Save Ancient Maya Sites.” Popular Archaeology.

"Archaeological Team Uncovers Elite Residential Complex." Popular Archaeology.

 Emily Guevara. "Unearthing Maya's Mysteries." Tyler Morning Telegraph.

"Archaeologists Discover Rare Ancient Maya Mural in Belize." Popular Archaeology. 

"Ancient Maya Site Teeters on the Edge of Destruction." Popular Archaeology.

Dan McLerran. "Archaeologists Investigate Secrets of Maya Collapse in Belize." Popular Archaeology. 

Andy Taylor. "Alumnus shares Belize study abroad experience." Patriot Talon. 

Faithe McCreery "
What to expect on an archaeological dig." Popular Archaeology.

William T. Brown.
" Elite Maya Residences Occupied By Both Living and Dead." Past Horizons. 

Dan McLerran. "Archaeological Research Program Receives Special Recognition from the Archaeological Institute of America." Popular Archaeology.  

Dan McLerran. "Ancient Maya Center Saved from Destruction." Popular Archaeology. 

Thomas H. Guderjan and C. Colleen Hanratty."Blue Creek: The Rise and Fall of a Maya Center." Popular Archaeology.

K. Kris Hurst: "A Step by Step Guide to Archaeology Fieldwork: Archaeology Dig in Process: The Toucan House" About.com

Thomas H. Guderjan and C. Colleen Hanratty.  "Twenty Years of Archaeology at Blue Creek." Past Horizons.

C. Colleen Hanratty and Thomas Riddle II. "Digging Deeper: Bringing Field Archaeology to the Classroom. Popular Archaeology. 

Charles Choi. "Digging into the Maya Mystery." Science News for Kids. 

Thomas Guderjan and Tim Preston. "Chum Balam Nal." Past Horizons.
 




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