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Stephen D. Houston

Dupee Family Professor of Social Science and Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology:
Phone: +1 401 863 3251

Research interests: archaeology; kingship and court systems; body concepts in antiquity; writing systems; epigraphy and decipherment; architecture and urbanism; Classic Maya; South America; Europe.


Born 1958, in Chambersburg, PA; educated at the University of Pennsylvania, A.B. (1980, the University of Edinburgh (Exchange student), and Yale University (M.Phil., 1983, Ph. D., 1987). Prior to Brown served as Jesse Knight University Professor at Brigham Young University. Father of two, spouse Nancy Dayton Houston.


I am concluding excavations at the Classic Maya city of El Zotz, Guatemala, and have finished five seasons of work at the ruins of Piedras Negras, Guatemala.


M. Phil, Yale University 1983; Ph.D Yale University 1987


2011 - Order of the Quetzal, Grand Cross (Guatemala)

2009 - Shallit Lecture, BYU

2008 - 2012 MacArthur Fellow

2004 – Elected Académico Correspondiente, Academia de Geografía e Historia de Guatemala

1999 – Conferencia de Apertura, IX Encuentro, Los Investigadores de la Cultura Maya, Campeche, Mexico

1999 – Land Memorial Lecture, De Young Museum, San Francisco

1996 – Leigh Lecturer, endowed lecture at the University of Utah

1987 – Ph.D. awarded "with Distinction"

1983 – Passed Ph. D. Examinations with Distinction

1980 – Graduated summa cum laude, with Distinction in Major

1980 – Elected to Phi Beta Kappa

1979 – 3 First Class Merits, University of Edinburgh

1976 – Dean's List, University of Pennsylvania


Society for American Archaeology

Advisory board, journals:
Ancient Mesoamerica
Latin American Antiquity

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Curriculum Vitae

Download Stephen D. Houston's Curriculum Vitae in PDF Format