IMS Associates

Archaeology Students

Josalyn Ferguson

E-mail: jf7679@albany.edu

Education

1999 to present Ph.D. - Anthropology/Archaeology
University at Albany (SUNY), Albany, New York, USA
(Dr. Marilyn Masson, Advisor; Dr. Michael Smith, Co-Advisor)

1996-1999 Master's of Arts - Anthropology - Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada - (Dr. Paul F. Healy, Advisor; Dr. Gyles Iannone, Co-Advisor)
Thesis: The Ballgame at Baking Pot: An analysis of the ballcourts at a Maya Civic Centre.

1991-1993 Bachelor Of Arts (Honors) - Anthropology - Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario, Canada

Research Interests

Maya Prehistory, the Terminal Classic Period and “Maya Collapse”, Migration, Ancient Maya Cave Use, Architecture, Ceramics

Field Experience

  • The Economic Foundations of Mayapán, Yucatan, Mexico. Survey Assistant. University at Albany, Summer 2001, 2002.
  • Belize Postclassic Project, Corozal District, Belize, Central America. Project Director/ Instructor SUNY-Albany’s 2002 Archaeological Field School (ANT338). Primary Investigator of Strathbogue Site.
  • Belize Postclassic Project, Corozal District, Belize, Central America. Field Director/ Instructor SUNY-Albany's 2001 Archaeological Field School (ANT335). Primary Investigator of Strathbogue Site.
  • Belize Postclassic Project, Corozal District, Belize, Central America. Field Director Progresso Lagoon Shore Operations SUNY-Albany’s 2000 Archaeological Field School and Earthwatch Program.
  • Western Belize Regional Cave Project, Cayo District, Belize, Central America. Assistant Field Director/Senior Fieldschool Supervisor (Surface Collection/excavation and mapping of Actun Chapat (1999-2000) and Actun Halal; Excavation of Yax Caan Chultun (Excavation and mapping 1999); Senior Fieldschool Supervisor (Supervision and excavation of Actun Uayazba Kab; artifact collection of Sinkhole tunnels in Actun Tunichil Muknal; Excavation of ballcourt playing alley at Cahal Witz Na; mapping of stela chamber at Chechem Ha 1998)
  • Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project. Baking Pot, Belize, Central America. (Senior Supervisor - field School; excavation of the North Ballcourt) (June-August 1997).
  • Trent University Field School/Social Archaeology Research Programme. X-ual-canil, Belize Central America. (Field School Teaching Assistant, Senior Supervisor, excavation of ballcourt and plaza) (May/June 1996,1997)
  • Salt Spring Island, British Columbia, private property Archaeological Impact Assessment, Millennia Research, March 1996.
  • Archaeological Overview Assessment of the Heiltsuk Traditional Territory, British Columbia. Millennia Research, January 1996.
  • Archaeological Overview and Potential Mapping Project of the North Coast Forest District, British Columbia. Millennia Research (subcontracted by Commonwealth), January 1996.
  • Craig Bay Phase II Archaeological Impact Assessment, Millennia Research, October & December 1995, February 1996.
  • Vancouver Island Highways Project, Victoria Approaches, Archaeological Data Recovery at DcRu 82, Millennia Research, October 1995.
  • Trent University Preclassic Maya Project Cahal Pech, San Ignacio, Belize, Central America (excavation of Eastern Ballcourt) (Summer 1995).
  • Social Archaeology Research Program (Summer 1995, 1996) X-ual-canil, Cristo Rey, Belize, Central America. Volunteer Survey (1995).
  • Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project. Cahal Pech, San Ignacio, Belize. Fieldschool Supervisor. (1993 Zopilote - excavation of a Range Structure; 1994 Zubin - excavation of a range structure).
  • Trent University Archaeological Field School (student) (summer 1992) Cahal Pech,San Ignacio, Belize, Central America.
  • York University/M.T.R.C.A Boyd Archaeological Field School (student) (summer 1991) Boyd Site (Iroquoian village), Woodbridge, Ontario.

Publications

1994
An Examination of Structure 4, Zopilote Group, Cahal Pech. In Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project: Progress Report of the Sixth (1993) Field Season, edited by J.J. Awe, pp. 152-171. Institute of Archaeology, University of London, London.

1995
Jewels Among the Thorns: An Examination of the Modified Shell Artifacts from Zubin, Cayo District, Belize. In Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project: Progress Report of the 1994 Field Season, edited by G. Iannone & J.M. Conlon, pp. Institute of Archaeology, University of London, London.

1996a
Shells and Status: An Analysis of the Zubin Modified Shell Artifact Assemblage, In Social Archaeology Research Program Progress Report of the First (1995) Field Season, edited by Gyles Iannone, pp. 72-86. Institute of Archaeology, University of London, London.

1996b
Weston Lake, Saltspring Island Archaeological Assessment. Report on file with the Culture Library, Ministry of Small Business, Tourism, and Culture. Victoria, B.C. Non-Permit Application.

1997
The Ballcourt at X-ual-canil, Belize:1996 Investigations. In Social Archaeology Research Program, Progress Report of the Second (1996) Field Season, edited by G. Iannone, pp. 39-56. Trent University, Peterborough.

1998a
Marker in Time: The North Ballcourt at the Maya Civic Centre of Baking Pot. In Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project: Progress Report of the 1997 Field Season, edited by J.M. Conlon and Jaime J. Awe. Trent University, Peterborough.

1998b
Entranceway or Barrier: Excavations at the Xaman Nab Acropolis and Ballcourt Juncture. In The Social Archaeology Research Program: Progress Report of the Third (1997) Season, edited by G. Iannone, pp. 21-27. Trent University, Peterborough.

1999a
The Ballgame at Baking Pot: An analysis of the ballcourts at a Maya Civic Centre. Thesis completed in partial fulfillment of the requirements of a Masters of Arts Degree, Department of Anthropology, Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario.

1999b
Excavations in the Ballcourt Playing Alley at Cahal Witz Na, Cayo District, Belize. In Western Belize Regional Cave Project: Progress Report of the 1998 Field Season, edited by D.F. Lee and J.J. Awe. University of New Hampshire, Durham.

1999c
Actun Uayazba Kab: 1998 Excavations. In Western Belize Regional Cave Project: Progress Report of the 1998 Field Season, edited by D.F. Lee and J.J. Awe. University of New Hampshire, Durham.

2000
Architecture From Within: A Report on the Investigation of Entrance II, Actun Chapat, Belize. In Western Belize Regional Cave Project: Progress Report of the 1999 Field Season, edited by J.J. Awe and David F. Lee. University of New Hampshire, Durham.

2001a
A Preliminary Report on the Investigations in Chamber 3B, Actun Chapat, Belize. Western Belize Regional Cave Project: Progress Report of the 2000 Field Season, edited by J.J. Awe and David F. Lee. University of New Hampshire, Durham.

2001b
Investigations at the Erlington and Chuk Groups, Progress Lagoon Shore (PR 9), Orange Walk District, Belize. In Belize Postclassic Project 2000:Investigations at Caye Coco and the Shore Settlements of Progresso Lagoon, edited by Robert M. Rosenswig and Marilyn A. Masson, 97-128. Institute of Mesoamerican Studies Occasional Publication No. 6. The University at Albany - SUNY.

2002
Initial Investigations of the Terminal Classic Strath Bogue Site (PR10), Corozal Belize. In Belize Postclassic Project 2001:Investigations at Caye Coco and the Shore Settlements of Progresso Lagoon, edited by Antonina Delu, Bradley W. Russell and Marilyn A. Masson, pp.33-63. Institute of Mesoamerican Studies Occasional Publication No. 7. The University at Albany - SUNY.

2003
Continued Investigations (2002) of the Terminal Classic Strath Bogue Site (PR10), Corozal District, Belize. In Belize Postclassic Project 2002:Investigation of the Shore Settlements of Progresso Lagoon, and San Estevan, edited by Josalyn M. Ferguson, Maxine H. Oland and Marilyn A. Masson, pp. 46-99. Institute of Mesoamerican Studies Occasional Publication No. 9. The University at Albany - SUNY.

Edited Volumes

Ferguson, Josalyn M., Maxine H. Oland and Marilyn A. Masson
2003 Belize Postclassic Project 2002:Investigation of the Shore Settlements of Progresso Lagoon, and San Estevan. Institute of Mesoamerican Studies Occasional Publication No. 9. The University at Albany - SUNY.

Co-Authored Articles

Ferguson, Josalyn M., Tina Christensen and Sonja Schwake
1996 The Eastern Ballcourt, Cahal Pech, Belize: 1995 Excavations, In Belize Valley Preclassic Maya Project: Report on the 1995 Field Season., edited by P. F. Healy and J.J. Awe, pp. 34-58. Occasional Papers in Anthropology No. 12. Trent University, Peterborough.

Ferguson, Josalyn M., Jim Stafford and Morley Eldridge
1996 Overview Mapping of Archaeological Resource Potential in the North Coast Forest District. On file, Archaeology Branch, Victoria, B.C.

Owens-Baird, D'Ann and Josalyn M. Ferguson
1996a Vancouver Island Highway Project, Victoria Approaches Archaeological Data Recovery DcRu 82. Report prepared for Ministry of Transportation and Highways, Esquimalt First Nation, Songhees First Nation under conditions of Permit 1995-219, issued by the British Columbia Archaeology Branch, January 15, 1996.
1996b Vancouver Island Highway Project, Victoria Approaches Archaeological Data Recovery DcRu 572. Report prepared for Ministry of Transportation and Highways, Esquimalt First Nation, Songhees First Nation under conditions of Permit 1995-045, issued by the British Columbia Archaeology Branch.

1996c Vancouver Island Highway Project, Victoria Approaches Archaeological Data Recovery DcRu 576. Report prepared for Ministry of Transportation and Highways, Esquimalt First Nation, Songhees First Nation under conditions of Permit 1995-101, issued by the British Columbia Archaeology Branch.

Owens, D'Ann A., John Maxwell, Josalyn M. Ferguson, Rob Vincent and P. Dady
1997 Vancouver Island Highway Project, Victoria Approaches, Archaeological Data Recovery, DcRu-572. Report prepared by Millennia Research Limited for Ministry of Transportation and Highways Esquimalt First Nation Songhees First Nation. Victoria, BC. 1995-045.

Griffith, Cameron, Josalyn M. Ferguson and Christophe Helmke
2000 Salvage Investigation and Excavation of the Yax Caan Chultun, Belize.In Western Belize Regional Cave Project: Progress Report of the 1999 Field Season, edited by J.J. Awe. University of New Hampshire, Durham.

Ferguson, Josalyn M. and Sheila Sastry
2001 Report on the 2000 Excavation’s of Structure 13, Caye Coco, Belize. In Belize Postclassic Project 2000:Investigations at Caye Coco and the Shore Settlements of Progresso Lagoon, edited by Robert M. Rosenswig and Marilyn A. Masson, 41-44. Institute of Mesoamerican Studies Occasional Publication No. 6. The University at Albany - SUNY.

Oland, Maxine H., Josalyn M. Ferguson and Marilyn A. Masson
2003 Overview of the 2002 Season. In Belize Postclassic Project 2002:Investigation of the Shore Settlements of Progresso Lagoon and San Estevan, edited by Josalyn M. Ferguson, Maxine H. Oland and Marilyn A. Masson, pp.1-5. Institute of Mesoamerican Studies Occasional Publication No. 9. The University at Albany - SUNY.

Conference Presentations

1995 The Little People: A Discussion of Dwarfs Among the Pre-Columbian Maya. Paper Presented at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

1997 Preliminary Results of the Excavation of the Ballcourt at the Minor Maya Centre of X-ual-canil, Belize. Paper Presented at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Nashville, Tennessee.

1999 The Ballcourts of the Maya Civic Centre of Baking Pot. Paper Presented at the 64th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Chicago, Illinois

2002 Reevaluating the Maya “Collapse”: Cultural Opportunism, Transition and Reorganization in the Terminal Classic Period. Paper Presented at the 33rd Annual Chacmool Conference, University of Calagary, Calgary, Alberta, November 13-17th, 2002.
Ferguson, Josalyn M., Cameron Griffith, Christopher Morehart and Reiko Ishihara

2003 Investigation of the Maya Cave site of Actun Chapat. Paper Presented at the 68th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Milwaukee. April 2003.