Archaeological Studies
Department Chair:
Susan Kane

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8672
Fax: (440) 775-8969

Allen Art Building
91 N. Main St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

News and Events

News and Events

Archaeological Studies Lecture

Lecture (sponsored by the Alumni Office and the Curricular Committee on Archeology)
E. Christian Wells (OC '96)
Associate Professor & Graduate Director
Department of Anthropology
University of South Florida

"Souls and Soils of the Ancient Maya: Archaeological Lessons for Sustainable Land Use"

Monday, December 8, 12:15 PM 

Allen Art Building Classroom 1 

E. Christian Wells is Associate Professor and Graduate Director in the Department of Anthropology at the University of South Florida. He received his B.A. from Oberlin College and his M.A. and Ph.D. in Anthropology from Arizona State University. He is an archaeologist whose principal scholarly interests include applied archaeology, economic anthropology, theory of ritual economy, cultural and ecological aspects of human/soil dynamics, microscale activity analysis using soil chemistry, and quantitative and formal modeling. Over the past 15 years, he has undertaken archaeological field research in Honduras, Guatemala, and Mexico with funding from the National Science Foundation, the Wenner-Gren Foundation, the National Geographic Society, and other agencies. He is the Editor-in-Chief of the Society for Archaeological Sciences Bulletin, governing board member of the Society for Economic Anthropology, and member of the Committee on Curriculum for the Society for American Archaeology. He has written or edited six books and journal issues, including Dimensions of Ritual Economy (with Patricia A. McAnany), Mesoamerican Ritual Economy (with Karla L. Davis-Salazar), and Advances in Geoarchaeological Approaches to Anthrosol Chemistry (with Richard E. Terry), as well as more than 50 articles, chapters, and reviews.