Marilyn Masson

Marilyn Masson’s 2009 archaeological investigations at Mayapan, the capital city of the Postclassical Maya world of its time, fully exposed and restored an outlying temple located two kilometers from the city’s monumental center (with the support of the Center for Research and Exploration, the National Geographic Society). Four houses and a non-domestic stone tool workshop also were excavated (under the support of the National Science Foundation). Professor Masson's research at Mayapan focuses on ways in which the economies of households and neighborhoods reflect dependencies within and between the commoner and noble class and the importance of patronage, tribute, and the marketplace. The study also considers the wider regional context of Mayapan’s political economy.

Marilyn Masson is an Associate professor in the Department of Anthropology.

Below are Photos of the dig site and members of Professor Masson's team

UAlbany graduate student Caroline Antonelli helps Mayapan osteologist Stanley Serafin (Tulane) lay out grave goods from a tomb found at Mayapan (August 2009).

UAlbany graduate student Caroline Antonelli helps supervise excavations at a house inhabited 700 years ago at Mayapan, Yucatan, Mexico (July 2009).

UAlbany graduate student Betsy Kohut befriends local children from the village of Telchaquillo while working on the Mayapan archaeological project (August 2009).

UAlbany graduate students Caroline Antonelli and Betsy Kohut with workers from Telchaquillo who helped them excavate a stone tool workshop at Mayapan (July 2009).

UAlbany graduate student Betsy Kohut excavated a stone tool workshop in a neighborhood at Mayapan, Yucatan, Mexico (July 2009) for her master's paper project.

UAlbany graduate student Robert Hutchinson sorts through paperwork at an ancient house excavation at Mayapan (August 2009).

UAlbany alumnus Dr. Bradley Russell restrings copper bells found in a tomb at an ancient house at Mayapan (August 2009).