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Charles Golden

Brandeis University
Department of Anthropology, MS 006
415 South Street
Waltham, MA 02454
(781) 736-2217

Assistant Professor of Anthropology

Interests include the significance of architecture for the construction of understandings of time, history, and social memory, the semiotics of material culture, the development of political boundaries and frontiers in complex societies, the social impact of archaeology in modern Latin America, the use and development of in-field chemical testing programs, and remote sensing methods in archaeology. Professor Golden has conducted field research in Belize, Honduras, and most recently Guatemala, where he has been working since 1997. His doctoral research was carried out in the royal palace of the Maya site of Piedras Negras in the Sierra del Lacandón National Park of northwestern Guatemala. He is currently the director of the Sierra del Lacandón Regional Archaeology Project, the first systematic archaeological survey in the Sierra del Lacandón. Examining the region between the Classic period Maya kingdoms of Piedras Negras and Yaxchilán, this effort is focused on developing a better understanding of political, cultural and social boundaries and frontiers between Classic period Maya polities.

Selected Publications

(2009 in press) Frayed at the Edges: The Re-Creation of Histories and Memories on the Frontiers of Classic Period Maya Polities. Ancient Mesoamerica.

Golden, Charles, Andrew K. Scherer, A. René Muñoz, and Rosaura Vasquez. 2008 Piedras Negras and Yaxchilan: Divergent Political Trajectories in Adjacent Maya Polities. Latin American Antiquity 19(3): 249-274.

Garrison, Thomas, Stephen D. Houston, Charles Golden, Zachary Nelson, Takeshi Inomata, and Jessica Munson. 2008 Beta Testing the Use of IKONOS Satellite Imagery in Lowland Maya Settlement Archaeology. Journal of Archaeological Science 35: 2770-2777.

Golden, Charles and Greg Borgstede (Eds.) 2004 Continuities and Changes in Maya Archaeology: Perspectives at the Millenium. New York: Routledge.