IMS Associates

Archaeology Students

Christian Michael Holmes


Research Interests:

I am interested in trade and economics in the Maya area, particularly the Late Classic/Terminal Classic/Postclassic period. I am interested in understanding how the influences of the Late Classic decline shaped the reorganization of communities in the Terminal Classic and Postclassic period. I am also interested in landscape archaeology, settlement patterns, ceramic analysis, and XRF technology in archaeology. I did my undergraduate honors thesis "Maya Ceramic Production and Trade: A Glimpse into Production Practices and Politics at a Terminal Classic Coastal Maya Port" on a modal analysis of a utilitarian vessel form and its evolution on three spatial and temporal scales and the implication of these findings. I also have experience in South Georgia at a contact-period site working with Spanish metal artifacts using XRF technologies.