Dr Diane Davies

Maya Archaeologist
Educator on the Ancient Maya for the Primary History Curriculum
Honorary Research Associate, Institute of Archaeology, UCL
Arts Society Lecturer
Historical Association Speaker
Lecturer at City Literary College and the WEA

diane@mayaarchaeologist.co.uk

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Professional appointments

2017-present
The Arts Society (AS) Lecturer.

2015-present
Workers Educational Association, Part-time Tutor.

2014-present
City Literary College, Department of Humanities and Social Studies and the Department of Classics
Part-time Tutor.

2007-2012
Tulane University, Department of Anthropology, Lecturer.


 

Education

2015
Level 3 Award in Education and Training – City & Guilds 6502
City Literary College, London

2012
PhD in Archaeology and Anthropology. Tulane University, New Orleans
Thesis: Past Identities, Present Legitimation: The Reuse of a Late Preclassic Residential Group at the Maya site of San Bartolo, Guatemala. Advisor: Dr E. Wyllys Andrews V.

1997
MA in Archaeology. Institute of Archaeology, University College London
Dissertation: Ballgame Trophies, Votive Offerings and Sprouting Serpents: Trophy Heads/Skulls and Ritual Decapitation in the Gulf Coast of Ancient Mexico. Advisor: Professor Warwick Bray

1996
BA Joint Honours in History and Philosophy. Leeds University
Upper Second Class Honours


 

Academic publications

2019
The Archaeology of Reuse: Methods and Motivations. University of Colorado Press (in preparation).

2014
Reuse of the Past – A Case Study from the Ancient Maya. The Historian 121:32-36.

2011
Social Memory and Identity as Reflected in the Reuse of a Residential Group at the Maya Site of San Bartolo. In Identity Crisis: Archaeological Perspectives on Social Identity. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Chacmool Archaeology Conference, edited by L. Amundsen-Meyer, N. Engel and S. Pickering, pp. 311-320, Calgary, Alberta.

2010
Investigaciones de un Grupo Residencial en al Sitio Maya San Bartolo. In XXIII Simposio de investigaciones arqueol—gicas en Guatemala, 2009, edited by J.P. Laporte, B. Arroyo, and H. Mejia, pp. 146-160. Museo Nacional de Arqueologia y Etnologia, Guatemala.


 

Teacher resources

2017
Scheme of Work on the Ancient Maya. Co-authored with Richard Petts, Mark Woolley and Jennifer Farmer. Electronic Document.

2016
Journey through the Maya World. Millgate House Education, Sandbach.

2015
Archaeology: Learn, Practice, Excavate. Created with Computeam for London Grid for Learning.

2014
Scheme of Work for Primary History, Unit: Ancient Maya. Historical Association. Electronic Document.

2014
The Maya: A 4,000-year-old civilisation in the Americas; with Ian Mursell and Genner Llanes-Ortiz
Primary History: The Maya – Issue 68/Autumn 2014 – Historical Association.

2014
Modern Myths of the Ancient Maya. Mexicolore. Electronic Document.

2012
Signs of Change: A K-12 Curriculum on the Contemporary Maya. Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Tulane University, New Orleans.

2010
Introducing the Ancient Maya to the Classroom: Classroom Activities Packet. Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop, Tulane University, New Orleans, pp.1-24. Electronic Document.


 

Technical reports

2009
SB 21: Continuacion de las excavaciones el Grupo 38. In Proyecto Arqueologico San Bartolo: Informe Preliminar No. 8, Octava Temporada 2009, edited by W. Saturno and L. Romero, pp. 13-64. Report to the Instituto de Antropologia e Historia de Guatemala, Guatemala.

2008
Uso y Reutilizacion en la Estructura 38 en el sitio Maya de San Bartolo. In Proyecto Arqueologico San Bartolo: Informe Preliminar No. 7, Septima Temporada 2008, edited by W. Saturno and M. Urquiz, pp. 100-161. Report to the Instituto de Antropologia e Historia de Guatemala, Guatemala.

2005
SB-20: Excavaciones en el Grupo Los Bigotes. In Proyecto Arqueologico San Bartolo: Informe Preliminar No. 4, Cuarta Temporada 2005, edited by M. Urquiz and W. Saturno, pp. 406-413. Report to the Instituto de Antropologia e Historia de Guatemala, Guatemala.

2005
SB-21 Y 22: Excavaciones en las Estructuras 38, 41 Y 165. In Proyecto Arqueologico San Bartolo: Informe Preliminar No. 4, Cuarta Temporada 2005, edited by W. Saturno and M. Urquiz, pp. 414-429. Report to the Instituto de Antropologia e Historia de Guatemala, Guatemala.

2003
SB 1A: Excavaciones en el Muro Norte Exterior en la Piramide de las Pinturas. In Proyecto Arqueologico San Bartolo: Informe Preliminar No. 2, Segunda Temporada 2003, edited by M. Urquiz and W. Saturno, pp. 1-3. Report to the Instituto de Antropologia e Historia de Guatemala, Guatemala.

2003
SB 1A: Excavaciones en el Cuarto de Los Murales de la Piramide de las Pinturas. In Proyecto Arqueologico San Bartolo: Informe Preliminar No. 2, Segunda Temporada 2003, edited by M. Urquiz and W. Saturno, pp. 4-8, Report to the Instituto de Antropologia e Historia de Guatemala, Guatemala.

2003
SB 1A: Excavaciones a lo largo de la Estructura Sub-2 en la Piramide de las Pinturas. In Proyecto Arqueologico San Bartolo: Informe Preliminar No. 2, Segunda Temporada 2003, edited by M. Urquiz and W. Saturno, pp. 9-11. Report to the Instituto de Antropologia e Historia de Guatemala, Guatemala.

2003
SB 1C: Excavaciones en el frente de la Piramide de las Pinturas. In Proyecto Arqueologico San Bartolo: Informe Preliminar No. 2, Segunda Temporada 2003, edited by M. Urquiz and W. Saturno, pp. 12-14. Report to the Instituto de Antropologia e Historia de Guatemala, Guatemala.


 

Awards, Fellowships and Grants

2009-2011
The Provost’s Office, Tulane University’s Graduate School Student Association (GSSA), and Graduate and Professional Student Association (GAPSA) grants to attend conferences (total $ 2,600).

2010
Anthropology Write-up Grant. Tulane University ($ 9,206).

2010
School of Liberal Arts Dean’s Office Summer Merit Fellowship Award for archaeological analyses and write-up. Tulane University ($ 4,700).

2009
Junior Visiting Scholar Residency at Casa Herrera. University of Texas at Austin. Declined.

2008
National Science Foundation (NSF) Dissertation Improvement Grant
Grant No. 0853329 ($ 15,000).

2008
Anthropology Graduate Student Fund. Tulane University. Research award. ($ 600).

2003-2008
Middle American Research Institute (MARI) Field Grant. Tulane University (total $ 11,025).

2002-2005
Graduate School Fellowship. Tulane University ($ 10,000-13,000 per year).

2002-2005
Graduate School Tuition Scholarship. Tulane University ($ 25,000-30,000 per year).

2002-2005
Research Assistantship, Department of Anthropology, Tulane University ($ 3600).

2000
School of Education, King’s College London Honorarium (£ 1250).


 

Service to Profession

2014
Organizer and Chair: Day on the Maya Conference, 29 November, Institute of Archaeology, UCL, London


 

Invited Talks

2017

Ancient Maya Kingship. U3A Archaeology Group, Wendover. 13th June.

The Ancient Maya and Life in the Rainforest of Guatemala. Probus Club, Beaconsfield. 11th January.

2016
Misunderstandings of the Ancient Maya as revealed by the Murals of San Bartolo, Guatemala. Lincolnshire Historical Association, Sleaford. 3rd November.

2016
Men as Gods: Ancient Maya Kingship. Berkshire Archaeological Society. Reading. 15th October.

2016
The Maya Civilisation and Caracol Charity. The Caracol Project fundraising event, Amersham. 15th September.

2016
The Discovery and Decipherment of Maya Writing, U3A Archaeology Group, Wendover. 12th July.

2016
Introducing the Ancient Maya to the Classroom, Historical Association Annual Conference, Harrogate. 20th May.

2016
Misunderstandings of the Ancient Maya as revealed by the Murals of San Bartolo, Guatemala. Buckinghamshire Historical Association, Aylesbury. 17 February.

2015
Engaging Minds Lecture. Verulam Secondary School, St. Albans. 6 October.

2015
The Magnificent, but Misunderstood Achievements of the Ancient Maya. Chess Valley U3A History Group, Chesham. 13th June.

2015
My Life as a Maya Archaeologist. Wendover U3A Archaeology Group, Wendover
12 May.

2014
Myths about the Maya. Maya on the Thames, Third Annual Workshop on Maya Myths and Glyphs, 19-21 September, Institute of Archaeology, UCL, London

2014
Past Identities, Present Legitimation: the Reuse of a Late Preclassic Residential Group at the Maya Site of San Bartolo, Guatemala. Institute of Archaeology, University College London. 30 May.


 

Conference Papers

2014
Making the Invisible Visible: The Use of Chemical Analysis in Revealing Past Activities at the Maya site of San Bartolo, Guatemala. Paper to be presented at the Day on the Maya Conference. 29 November, Institute of Archaeology, UCL, London

2011
The Invented Past: The Creation and Re-creation of Social Identity. Paper presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, 16th-20th November, Montreal, Canada.

2010
Life and Death at the Archaeological Site of San Bartolo. Co-authored with Shintaro Suzuki. Paper presented at the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, November, New Orleans.

2010
Los Entierros Humanos del Sitio Arqueologico de San Bartolo, Peten, Guatemala. Co-authored with Shintaro Suzuki. Paper presented at Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan, October, Merida, Mexico.

2010
The Value of Chemical Analysis in Understanding the Function and thus Activities carried out in Ancient Structures: Results from the Maya site of San Bartolo, Guatemala. Paper presented at the 75th Meeting of the Society of American Archaeology, April, St. Louis.

2009
Social Memory and Identity as reflected in the Reuse of a Residential Group at the Maya Site of San Bartolo. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Chacmool Conference, University of Calgary, November, Calgary, Canada.

2009
Investigando un grupo residencial en el sitio Maya de San Bartolo: Uso y Reutilizacion. Paper presented at the XXIII Simposio de Investigaciones Arqueologicas en Guatemala, July, Guatemala City. Guatemala.

2009
Reuse of a Late Preclassic Residential Group at the Maya site of San Bartolo. Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology 74th Annual Meeting, April, Atlanta.

2008
What is Old is New Again: Patterns of Reuse in San Bartolos Late Classic Reoccupation. Co-authored with Astrid Runggaldier, Jessica Craig, Monica Pellecer and Roxzanda Ortiz. Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology 73rd Annual Meeting, April, Vancouver, Canada.


 

Teaching Experience

Department of Classics, City Literary College, London

The Maya Civilisation (Spring 2017)
Frauds, Myths and Mysteries of Archaeology (Summer 2017)
Prehistory of Religion (Summer 2016, 2017)
Mesoamerican Societies: The Olmecs, Maya, Aztecs and more (Autumn 2015)
Art and Architecture of the Ancient Maya and Aztecs (Summer 2015)
Introduction to Maya and Aztec Archaeology (Summer and Autumn 2014)
Introduction to South American Archaeology (Spring 2015, Spring 2017)

Department of Humanities and Social Studies, City Literary College, London

Practical Archaeology (Autumn 2015)
Who owns the Past? (Autumn 2015)
Architectural Feats of the Ancient World (Summer 2015)
Discovering and Deciphering Ancient Writings (Summer 2015, 2016, 2017)
Introduction to Archaeology (Autumn 2014)
Magic, Witchcraft and Religion (Summer 2014 and 2015)
World Prehistory (Summer 2014, Spring 2015, Spring 2017)

Workers’ Educational Association – Reading

Magic, Witchcraft and Religion (Spring 2017)
Ancient Civilisations (Autumn 2016)
Introduction to the Maya and Aztecs (Spring 2016)
Introduction to Archaeology (Autumn 2015)

Freelance – Weston Turville, Buckinghamshire

Introduction to South American Archaeology (Autumn 2014)

Department of Anthropology, Tulane University

Archaeology courses

Introduction to Archaeology (Spring 2012, Autumn 2011)
World Prehistory (Summer 2011, Autumn 2007)

Social Anthropology courses

Introduction to Cultural Anthropology (Spring 2012, Spring 2011-2 sections, Summer 2010, Autumn 2007)
Magic, Witchcraft and Religion (Autumn 2011, Summer 2011)

Latin American Studies courses

Introduction to Latin American Studies (Spring 2012)


 

Research Experience

2008-2009
Archaeologist: The San Bartolo Archaeological Project, Guatemala.
2-year project involving excavations in a residential group at San Bartolo and laboratory analysis.

2007-2009
Assistant Coordinator: Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop

2005-2006
Research Assistantship: Center for Archaeology, Tulane University
Supervision of the cataloguing and sorting of prehistoric and historic collections from the Southeast US.

2005
Field Supervisor: The San Bartolo Archaeological Project, Guatemala.
Survey and excavation of residential structures and artefact analysis. Director: Dr William Saturno, University of Boston.

2004
Assistant Field School Supervisor: Proyecto Arqueologico Norte Chico Survey, Peru. Locating and recording prehistoric sites. Director: Dr Kit Nelson, Tulane University.

2003-2004
Research Assistantship: Middle American Research Institute (MARI), Tulane University. Editing the MARI Guatemalan textile collection for web publication.

2003
Field Supervisor: San Bartolo Regional Archaeological Project, Guatemala.
Excavation of a Late Preclassic pyramid and artefact analysis. Director: Dr William Saturno, University of Boston.

2002
Research Assistantship: Middle American Research Institute (MARI), Tulane University. Bibliographical editing for Copan: The History of an Ancient Maya Kingdom edited by Dr E. Wyllys Andrews V and Dr William L. Fash.

2000
Assistant Field School Supervisor: San Bartolom-Wiskachani, Juliaca, Peru. University of Santa Barbara, California. Trained volunteers in archaeological field methods. Director: Dr Cynthia Herhahn, University of New Mexico.

1997
Field Assistant: Utuado-Caguana, Puerto Rico, Institute of Archaeology, UCL, London. Excavations at a Late Prehistoric Taino ballcourt and cave site. Director: Dr Jose Oliver.

1995-1996
Teaching Assistant (voluntary): Department of Philosophy, University of Leeds. Introduction to Philosophy seminar.

1995
Field Assistant: Castell Henllys, South Wales. Field school at a Romano-British residential site


 

Research Interests

Mesoamerican anthropology, development of sociopolitical complexity, rise and fall of civilizations, tropical environments, household anthropology, archaeometry, social memory and identity, archaeology of religion and mortuary analysis, ethics, education, curriculum development and outreach.


 

Languages

Spanish: Superior proficiency (speaking, writing, reading) GCSE – Grade A*, 2002
French: Basic (writing, reading, speaking)
Portuguese: Basic (speaking, reading)
Ancient Yucatec Maya: Basic (writing, reading)
Ancient Maya hieroglyphs: Basic (writing, reading)