IMS Alumni

Elizabeth Paris

E-mail: paris152997@gmail.com

Education

2012  Doctor of Philosophy, Anthropology, University at Albany, SUNY
2006 Master of Arts, Anthropology, University at Albany, SUNY
2004 Bachelor of Arts, Anthropology, University of Colorado-Boulder, with distinction, Phi Beta Kappa.

Doctoral Dissertation: 2012  Political Economy on the Postclassic Western Maya Frontier. Department of Anthropology, University at Albany, SUNY.  Winner of the University at Albany Distinguished Doctoral Dissertation Award 2011-2012.

Research Interests

Mesoamerican archaeology, political economy, urbanism, archaeometallurgy, lithic analysis, mortuary practices, ceramic analysis, and zooarchaeology.

Current Research

My research investigates the organization of exchange networks from a household perspective in the complex societies of Mesoamerica, focusing on the socioeconomic context of craft production and household wealth. My current projects investigate the introduction and integration of metallurgical production techniques and finished metal objects at Maya sites, and the ways in which metal consumer goods and production techniques were selectively adapted into local economies.  I recently published the results of research on metallurgical ceramics at the Postclassic Maya site of Mayapan, which combines modal analysis, materials science techniques (X-ray Fluorescence and Electron Microprobe analysis), and quantitative methods to examine the influence of interregional exchange networks on raw materials acquisition, the transmission of technical knowledge and skills, and the stylistic choices of producers and consumers (Meanwell et al. 2013). This project was completed in collaboration with colleagues Jennifer Meanwell (MIT), Dorothy Hosler (MIT), Wilberth Cruz Alvarado (UADY), and Carlos Peraza Lope (INAH-Yucatán), and investigates the unique ceramic properties of metallurgical molds recovered from Mayapan, and the types of metallic residues they contain. This project is a continuation of my research on the ways in which finished metal artifacts became incorporated into Maya culture at Mayapan and other Postclassic Maya sites. Results of this earlier project are published in Ancient Mesoamerica, three book chapters (Paris and Peraza 2013 and two forthcoming chapters), three report chapters, and eight conference presentations.
My work on ancient metallurgy complements my research on the organization of exchange networks from a household perspective in the complex societies of Mesoamerica, focusing on the socioeconomic context of craft production and household wealth. As the Principal Investigator and director of the Proyecto Económico de los Altos de Chiapas (Jan.-Sept. 2009) I received an National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant to support field and lab research in the Jovel Valley of highland Chiapas, with Roberto López Bravo (Director, Museo Regional de Chiapas) as co-director. The project provided data for my dissertation, entitled “Political Economy on the Postclassic Western Maya Frontier,” which examines the political economy of the hilltop sites of Moxviquil and Huitepec through a “bottom-up” household archaeology approach. The study presents evidence for ways in which Jovel Valley residents took advantage of long-distance exchange networks to import exotic trade goods from throughout Mesoamerica. Publications based on my findings include two peer-reviewed articles (in revision for resubmission to the Journal of Anthropological Archaeology and an article in Ancient Mesoamerica, in press for Fall 2014), two other articles in preparation, a book chapter and invited conference papers. 
My ongoing research on the social organization of lithic producers in ancient Mesoamerica also examines production techniques and patterns of raw materials acquisition and exchange.  Through the combined use of modal analysis, X-ray Fluorescence (XRF) and advanced quantitative methods, I examine the exploitation of local chert resources in highland Chiapas by household producers, and the local and regional exchange of lithic tools made from these resources. My ongoing research on chert artifacts from San Estevan, Belize (Lithic Technology 2012), obsidian from Tlacuachero, Soconusco (with Barbara Voorhies), obsidian and chert artifacts from Palenque (with Roberto López Bravo), and chert and shell debitage at Mayapan (with Elizabeth France) investigates formal and informal production techniques, the role of exchange networks in the procurement of raw materials, and the spatial and social distribution of finished products.

Languages

English, Spanish and French

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

2013  Paris, Elizabeth H., Eric Taladoire, and Thomas A. Lee Whiting.  Return to Moxviquil: Form and Function in a Small Maya City.  Ancient Mesoamerica.  In press.

2013  Meanwell, Jennifer, Elizabeth H. Paris, Wilberth Cruz Alvarado, and Carlos Peraza Lope.  Metallurgical Ceramics from Mayapán, Yucatán, Mexico. Journal of Archaeological Science 40: 4306-4318. 

2012  Paris, Elizabeth H.  Cohesion and Diversity in Middle Formative Period Maya Lithic Tools and Techniques: A View from San Estevan, Belize.  Lithic Technology.  In press, accepted for publication December 2010, forthcoming Fall 2012.

2008 Paris, Elizabeth H. Metallurgy, Mayapan and the Postclassic World System. Ancient Mesoamerica 19(1):43-66.

Book Chapters

2013  Paris, Elizabeth H. and Carlos Peraza Lope. Breaking the Mold: The Socioeconomic Significance of Metal Artifacts at Mayapan.  In Archaeometallurgy in Mesoamerica: Current Approaches and New Perspectives, edited by Aaron N. Shugar and Scott E. Simmons, pp. 161-201.  University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

2013  Paris, Elizabeth H. and Roberto López Bravo. Mercancías, riqueza y redes de intercambio en el Valle de Jovel, Altos de Chiapas.  In La Arqueología Reciente de Chiapas: Contribuciones de la conferencia en honor del 60º Aniversario de la Fundación Arqueológica del Nuevo Mundo, edited by Lynneth W. Lowe and Mary E. Pohl, pp. 145-160. Papers of the New World Archaeological Foundation No. 72, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT.   

2011  Paris, Elizabeth H., Eric Taladoire, and Thomas A. Lee Whiting.  Estatus, poder y construcción del pasaje en el Centro Monumental de Moxviquil, Chiapas, México. Anuario de CESMECA 2011, edited by Victor Manuel Esponda Jimeno, Jesús Morales Bermúdez and Carlos Gutiérrez Alfonzo., pp. 13-48. Universidad de Ciencias y Artes de Chiapas, Tuxtla Gutiérrez, Chiapas, México.

Book Reviews

2013  Review of: Ancient Maya Political Dynamics, Antonia E. Foias. American Anthropologist, in press.

Published Reports and Monographs

2007 Paris, Elizabeth H. The Lithic Tools and Debitage of San Estevan. In The San Estevan Project, 2005, edited by Robert M. Rosenswig. Institute of Mesoamerican Studies Publication No. 14, University at Albany, SUNY.

2007 Paris, Elizabeth H. Excavations at Subop 7: Early Occupation at San Estevan. In The San Estevan Project, 2005. edited by Robert M. Rosenswig. Institute of Mesoamerican Studies Publication No. 14, University at Albany, SUNY.

Unpublished Reports

2012  Paris, Elizabeth H and Bradley W. Russell.  Capítulo 4: Zona de Entierros Itzmal Ch’en.  In Proyecto Los Fundamentos del Poder Ecónomico de Mayapán: Temporadas 2008-2009, edited by Marilyn A. Masson, Carlos Peraza Lope, Timothy S. Hare, and Bradley W. Russell. 71-237. Final Report for the Consejo de Arqueología INAH-Mexico, DF, submitted March 2012. 

2012  Paris, Elizabeth H and Wilberth Cruz Alvarado.  Capítulo 20: Análisis de Artefactos de Metal – Temporadas 2008-2009.  In Proyecto Los Fundamentos del Poder Ecónomico de Mayapán: Temporadas 2008-2009, edited by Marilyn A. Masson, Carlos Peraza Lope, Timothy S. Hare, and Bradley W. Russell. 1265-1297.  Final Report for the Consejo de Arqueología INAH-Mexico, DF, submitted March 2012. 

2012  White, Jonathan, Marilyn A. Masson, Elizabeth H. Paris and Gina Lasalla.  Capítulo 21: Análisis de Artefactos Especiales – Temporadas 2008-2009.  In Proyecto Los Fundamentos del Poder Ecónomico de Mayapán: Temporadas 2008-2009, edited by Marilyn A. Masson, Carlos Peraza Lope, Timothy S. Hare, and Bradley W. Russell. 1297-1311.  Final Report for the Consejo de Arqueología INAH-Mexico, DF, submitted March 2012. 

2011  Paris, Elizabeth H.  Herramientas de Piedras Talladas. In Informe de Proyecto “Los Origenes de Arquitectura Pública en la Costa Sur de México” by Barbara Voorheis con contribuciones de Fernando Girón Campero, Elizabeth H. Paris and Heather Thaker.  Final Report for the Consejo de Arqueología INAH-Mexico, DF. 

2009  Paris, Elizabeth H. and Bradley Russell.  Capítulo 3: Una zona de entierros en el costado oeste de la Estructura H-15 del Grupo Itzmal Ch’en.  In Proyecto Los Fundamentos del Poder Ecónomico de Mayapán: Temporada 2008, edited by Marilyn A. Masson, Carlos Peraza Lope, and Timothy S. Hare, pp. 37-204.  Interim Report for the Consejo de Arqueología INAH-Mexico, DF. 

2009  Masson, Marilyn A., Elizabeth H. Paris and Karime Gazdik.  Apéndice C: Tablas de herramientas líticas: Herramientas bifaciales y unifaciales, lascas modificadas, y lascas utilizadas.  In Proyecto Los Fundamentos del Poder Ecónomico de Mayapán: Temporada 2008, edited by Marilyn A. Masson, Carlos Peraza Lope, and Timothy S. Hare.  Interim Report for the Consejo de Arqueología INAH-Mexico, DF, submitted May 2009. 

2008  Paris, Elizabeth H.  Capítulo 17: The Metal Artifacts of Mayapán.  In Proyecto Los Fundamentos del Poder Ecónomico de Mayapán: Temporadas 2001-2004, edited by Marilyn A. Masson, Carlos Peraza Lope, and Timothy S. Hare, pp. 871-887.  Final Report for the Consejo de Arqueología INAH-Mexico, DF, submitted May 2008. 

2008  France, Elizabeth L. and Elizabeth H. Paris.  Capítulo 12: Lascas de Pedernal y producción artesanal.  In Proyecto Los Fundamentos del Poder Ecónomico de Mayapán: Temporadas 2001-2004, edited by Marilyn A. Masson, Carlos Peraza Lope, and Timothy S. Hare, pp. 699-724.  Final Report for the Consejo de Arqueología INAH-Mexico, DF, submitted May 2008. 

2004  Paris, Elizabeth.  “Perspectives on diet from the Oaxaca Coast.”  Report submitted to the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program, University of Colorado-Boulder.

Professional Conference Activities

2014 Paris, Elizabeth H. and Roberto López Bravo. Kings of the Hills: Borders and Boundaries of Early Postclassic Polities in Highland Chiapas. Paper to be presented at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Austin, Texas, 2014.

2014  López Bravo, Roberto and Elizabeth H. Paris. Maintaining the Western Maya Frontier: Highland Chiapas in the Early Postclassic Period. Paper to be presented at the 79th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Austin, Texas, 2014.

2013 Paris, Elizabeth H.  Integration and Durability in Postclassic Communities in the Jovel Valley, Chiapas, Mexico. Paper presented at the 78th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Honolulu, Hawaii, 2013.

2012 Paris, Elizabeth H. and Wilberth Cruz Alvarado.  The Organization of Metallurgical Production at Mayapan, Yucatan, Mexico.  Paper presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the International Congress of Americanists, Vienna, Austria, 2012.

2012 Paris, Elizabeth H.  Household Autonomy and the Organization of Chipped Stone Tool Production in the Jovel Valley, Chiapas, Mexico. Paper presented at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Memphis, Tennessee, 2012.

2012 Gallaga, Emiliano and Elizabeth H. Paris.  Introduction: Households and Autonomy in Ancient Mesoamerica. Paper presented at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Memphis, Tennessee, 2012.

2012 Co-organizer and chair with Emiliano Gallaga, session of presented papers at the 77th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Memphis, Tennessee, entitled Households and Autonomy in Pre-Hispanic Times.

2011 Paris, Elizabeth H.  Chert Sourcing and Sampling in Highland Chiapas.  Poster presented at Everyone Made Stone Tools: Exploring Methodology in Lithic Analysis, Joukowsky Institute of Brown University, October 14-16, 2011.

2011 Paris, Elizabeth H.  Por quién sonan las cascabeles: El consumo de objetos de metal en Mayapan, Yucatán, México. Paper presented at the III Congreso Internacional de Cultura Maya, Mérida, Yucatán, México, March 2011.

2011  Paris, Elizabeth H. and Robert López Bravo.  La organización económica y redes de intercambio en la Valle de Jovel, Chiapas durante la transformación a la época Posclásica. Paper presented at the III Congreso Internacional de Cultura Maya, Mérida, Yucatán, México, March 2011.

2011  Paris, Elizabeth H.  Early Use of Chipped Stone at the Tlacuachero Site, Soconusco, Chiapas.  Paper presented at the 76th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Sacramento, California, March 2011.

2010  Paris, Elizabeth H.  Molding Identity at Mayapan: The Multifaceted Uses of Metal at an Urban Center. Paper presented at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, St. Louis, Missouri.

2010  France, Elizabeth L. and Elizabeth H. Paris.  Delving into Debitage: The Spatial Distribution and Scalar Variation of Lithic and Shell Production at Mayapan Houselots
Paper presented at the 75th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, St. Louis, Missouri.

2010  Paris, Elizabeth H.  Household economic organization and socioeconomic inequality in Postclassic Highland Chiapas.  Paper presented at the 2010 AGSO Graduate Student Research Symposium: The Discipline Today, University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, New York.

2009 Cruz Alvarado, Wilberth, Carlos Peraza Lope, and Elizabeth H. Paris. La Interaccción Entre Las Tecnologías Cerámica y Metaúrgica en Mayapán. Paper presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the International Congress of Americanists, Mexico City, Mexico.

2009 Paris, Elizabeth H., and Carlos Peraza Lope. The Role of Metallurgy in the Northern Maya Lowlands. Paper presented at the 53rd Annual Meeting of the International Congress of Americanists, Mexico City, Mexico.

2009 Paris, Elizabeth H. Lithic Tool Production and Exchange at Moxviquil, Chiapas, Mexico. Paper presented at the 74th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Atlanta, Georgia.

2008 Paris, Elizabeth H. Cohesion and Diversity in Formative Period Lithic Tools and Techniques: A View from San Estevan, Belize. Paper presented at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Colombia.

2008 Paris, Elizabeth H. Breaking the Mold: The Socioeconomic Significance of Metal Artifacts at Mayapan. Paper presented in a working group at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Vancouver, British Colombia.

2008 Paris, Elizabeth H. New Analysis and Old Collections at Moxviquil. Poster presented at the Legacy of Mesoamerican Studies Symposium, University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, New York.

2008 France, Elizabeth L. and Elizabeth H. Paris. Lithic Debitage and Craft Production: The Mayapan Flake Assemblage. Poster presented at the Legacy of Mesoamerican Studies Symposium, University at Albany, SUNY, Albany, New York.

2008 Paris, Elizabeth H. New Analysis and Old Collections at Moxviquil, Chiapas, Mexico. Paper presented at the 2008 annual meeting, Northeast Anthropological Association, Amherst, Massachusetts.

2007 Paris, Elizabeth H. The Cutting Edge: Lithic Technology and Emerging Social Complexity at San Estevan, Belize. Paper presented at the 72th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Austin, Texas.

2006 Paris, Elizabeth H. Metallurgy, Mayapan and the Postclassic World System: Interregional Connections, Local Products. Paper presented at the 2006 annual meeting, Northeast Anthropological Association, Albany, New York.

2005 Paris, Elizabeth H. Trading in Sound: The role of copper artifacts in the Mayapán economy. Poster presented at the 2005 annual meeting, American Anthropological Association, Washington D.C.

2005 Paris, Elizabeth H. Copper Bells at Mayapán. Paper presented at the 2005 AGSO Research Symposium: The Discipline Today.

2002 Paris, Elizabeth H. “The Elusive Diploma: Causes and Solutions to the problem of low graduation rates of Native American Students at the University of Colorado-Boulder”. Paper presented at meeting of the High Plains Society for Applied Anthropology.