Dr. Traci Ardren
Dr. Traci Ardren (PhD, Yale University) co-teaches in the Ecosystem Science and Policy program and is Associate Professor of Anthropology at the University of Miami. Dr. Ardren is an anthropological archaeologist interested in New World prehistoric cultures. Her research focuses on issues of identity and other forms of symbolic representation in the archaeological record. She co-directs an ongoing research program at the ancient Maya archaeological site of Xuenkal, Yucatán, México where her team investigates the role of environmental resources and trade on the development of an economically dominant state centered at the urban center of Chichen Itzá. Dr. Ardren recently organized the first exhibition of Guatemalan textiles from the permanent collection of the Lowe Art Museum. She has published articles on Maya tourism in the journals World Archaeology and Antiquity and is hard at work on a book length study of identity in the archaeological record of the northern Maya lowlands, and other recent monographs include Ancient Maya Women (AltaMira Press 2002) and The Social Experience of Childhood in Ancient Mesoamerica (University Press of Colorado 2006).
Dr. Ardren, right, at the Coptic Church site at Everglades National Park, February 2010
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