Holly Neville

Ph.D. Anthropology, University at Albany - SUNY (In Progress)
B.A. Anthropology, University of South Florida (St. Petersburg, FL), 2015
B.A. Humanities, University of South Florida (Tampa, FL), 2007


Research Interests:

Maya Epigraphy, Pre-Contact Maya Culture, Hieroglyphic Writing Systems, Mesoamerican Archaeology, Visual Art History, Feminist Anthropology and Gender Issues, Mortuary Archaeology and Burial Customs, Indigenous Archaeology and Community Outreach, Historical Linguistics, Cosmology and Mythology, Calendrics, Museum Work, Curation.

Area of Study / Field site:
Mesoamerica - Maya culture regions, Yucatan Peninsula

Academic Advisor & Subfield:
Dr. Marilyn Masson; Archaeology & Linguistics

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I enjoy studying the place where "art" meets "archaeology" to add context to historical culture and the way it changes over time. I became interested in the Maya due their complex hieroglyphic system, iconography, and architecture, which are beautiful representations of their worldviews and political histories. I have studied hieroglyphics and calendrics in various 2D and 3D media from the Classic Period of Maya culture to the Contact Era, including a lot of work with the Madrid Codex. In my graduate studies at Albany, I plan to look at changes in the Maya writing system across time and space as found in the archaeological record, as well as the way these manifest in variations on mythology and worldview among the Maya up to the Spanish Conquest.


-June-July 2018; Fieldwork in Yucatan, Mexico
-October 2014-March 2015; CWS Tech Group in Seminole, Florida. Computer Technician.
-April 2008-April 2012; Jabil Circuit in St. Petersburg, Florida. IT Compliance Specialist.
-February 2005-March 2007; The Tampa Tribune Publishing Company in Tampa, Florida Verification Clerk/ Circulation Receptionist.

-Spring 2018; Institute of Mesoamerican Studies First Encounter Research Scholarship
-Fall 2003; Florida Bright Futures Academic Scholarship
-Fall 2003; USF Tuition Scholarship
-Summer 2015; South Florida Museum Intern Scholarship