Damien Marken, instructor of anthropology

Damien Marken, instructor of anthropology


Damien Marken

BA University of California Santa Barbara (2000)
MA Universite de Paris I: Panteon-Sorbonne (2002)
MA Southern Methodist University (2004)
PhD Southern Methodist University (2011)

dmarken@bloomu.edu

Interests

Archaeology, ancient Mesoamerica, urbanism, state formation, organization, and collapse, settlement patterns, household economy, landscape ecology, GIS and remote sensing

Why anthropology?

I am an anthropological archaeologist whose interest in the past began at an early age. Growing up, I frequently visited the ancient cities of the Classic Maya in Guatemala, Belize, and southern Mexico with my parents, particularly the site of Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico (where I eventually worked as an undergraduate and masters student).

As a kid I marveled at the size of the ancient Maya temples and palaces, and wondered how these 1300-year old buildings were still standing. As I got older, I became more interested in the populations living within and around these clearly royal ceremonial centers. How and/or why did local farmers and hinterland leaders buy into such a precarious political and economic system?

How did they participate with and/or resist attempts by Classic period dynasts and other elites in building integrated urban settlement systems that typify the Maya Classic period (250-900 C.E.)?

Scholarship

Marken, Damien B. and James L. Fitzsimmons, editors. In press Classic Maya Polities of the Southern Lowlands: Integration, Interaction, Dissolution. University of Colorado Press, Boulder. Forthcoming, Spring 2015.

Marken, Damien B. In press Sansamal Performance: Variability in Ritual Contexts at El Perú-Waka’. In Archaeology at El Perú-Waka’: Performances of Ritual, Memory and Power, edited by Olivia Navarro-Farr & Michelle Rich. University of Arizona Press, Tucson. (Dec. 2014 release)

Marken, Damien B. and Francisco Castañeda 2014. Sitios Satelitales en la Región de El Perú-Waka’. XXVII Simposio de Investigaciones Arqueológicas en Guatemala, 2013, edited by Bárbara Arroyo, Luis Méndez Salinas, Andrea Rojas, pp. 733-742. IDEAH, Guatemala City.

Gordon Willey 2013. Oxford Bibliographies in Anthropology, edited by John Jackson. Oxford University Press, New York, Oct. 1, 2013.

Marken, Damien B., editor 2007. Palenque: Recent Investigations at the Classic Maya Center. AltaMira Press, New York, NY.