Marisol Cortes-Rincon

Professor - Archaeology


Undergraduate & Graduate Advisor
Director, Archaeology Research Lab
Interim Director, Cultural Resources Facility

Office Hours
Email:mc479( at )
(707) 826-4335


My current research is focused on a variety of interpretive issues related to ancient Maya culture: sociopolitical organization, demography, subsistence, environmental management, economic structure, and warfare studies. I direct an intersite settlement survey project under the auspices the Programme for Belize Archaeological Project (PfBAP). My field research at PfBAP focuses on the settlement patterns between three large Maya centers: Dos Hombres, Gran Cacao, and Great Savannah. It is a holistic-long-term project that focuses on:

  • Rural settlement patterns
  • Political and socioeconomic organization
  • Political landscape
  • Utilization of natural resources
  • Movement of goods
  • Competition of resources
  • Method & Theory in Archaeology
  • Mesoamerica, Maya
  • Mesoamerican Warfare
  • Development of fortification systems in the Maya Lowlands
  • Economic and political patterns
  • Settlement patterns, mapping
Ph.D. Anthropology, Concentration Archaeology and GIS, University of Texas, Austin
M.A. Anthropology, Concentration in Medical Anthropology, Montclair State University
B.A. Classics, with minors in Archaeology and Pre-law, Montclair State University

Archaeologist demonstrating GIS computer map to student   Archaeologist working in the forest