Postdoctoral Fellow in Archaeology and Anthropology (2008-2010)


Tom Garrison is an archaeologist specializing in ancient Mesoamerica as well as GIS and remote sensing applications in archaeology.  He received his PhD from Harvard University in the spring of 2007 before coming to Brown in the fall of the same year.  His dissertation was based on five years of research at the Preclassic Maya site of San Bartolo, Guatemala ( and examined changes in landscape and politics from 1000 BC-AD 1100.  Tom has also worked in San Cristóbal de las Casas (Chiapas, Mexico), the Cayo District (Belize), Copan (Honduras), and Cuauhtinchan (Puebla, Mexico).  He is currently collaborating with Dr. Stephen Houston on a regional project at El Zotz, Guatemala (, as well as providing remote sensing support for the Petra Project, Jordan.


Ph.D. (Harvard University 2007); A.M. (Harvard University 2003); B.A. (Connecticut College 2000).


2008-2010: Brown University, Postdoctoral Fellow in Archaeology and Anthropology, Joukowsky Institute for Archaeology and the Ancient World and Department of Anthropology

2008-2009: Harvard University, Lecturer, Department of Anthropology

2007-2008: Brown University, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of Anthropology

Grants, Awards, Honors, and Fellowships

Under review: Landscape Succession in Maya Lowland Archaeology.  Submitted to the National Science Foundation (7/1/08).  Co-PI with Stephen Houston.

Under review: Revisiting Lowland Maya Settlement Patterns. Proposal for Advanced Seminar Series at the School for American Research (3/1/08). Timothy Murtha and Jeffrey Glover, collaborators.

2008: Mesolore, Phase II. Consultant to proposal awarded to Liza Bakewell and Byron Hamann by the Davis Foundation.

2006-2007: Doctoral Dissertation Completion Fellowship.  Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, Harvard University.

2001-2006: John G. Owens Fellow.  Dept. of Anthropology, Harvard University.