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Anthony Di Fiore, Chair SAC 4.102, Mailcode C3200 78712 • 512-471-4206

Shannon Iverson

PhD candidate, University of Texas



I am a historical archaeologist specializing in contact-era religious conversion at Tula, Hidalgo.  I am currently conducting a year-long research project at Tula that compares two early Franciscan religious sites: a chapel constructed in 1530 and a former monastery constructed in 1550.  My research takes a multidisciplinary approach (using human remains, landscapes, architecture, faunal and microbotanical remains, ceramics, and historical maps and documents) to investigate changing modes of religious conversion in 16th-century Mexico.

I have worked as a professional archaeologist on private, academic, and non-profit archaeological projects for ten years.  I also have a strong interest in literature and in making academic ideas more enjoyable and accessible through writing. You can find my curated collection on “Literature, Writing, and Anthropology” here:


The archaeology of religion, colonial Latin America, central Mexico, colonialism, writing, feminism, power

ANT 304 • Intro Ary Stds I: Prehist Ary

31550 • Spring 2014
Meets MW 400pm-500pm CLA 0.128
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An introduction to archaeology as a discipline.  Three major themes that deal with issues of the past will be covered:

1.  A brief history of the discipline, changing theories about various aspects of the past, and the role that the reconstructions of the past play in national and/or group identities.

2.  A survey of the development of human culture from its beginnings to the rise of civilizations and proto-historical cultures in most areas of the world.  Prehistoric cultures, archaeological sites, and areas of Africa, the Americas, Asia, Europe , and the Pacific will be covered.

3.  Archaeological methods of recovery of information about the past.  Scientific procedures involved in excavation, dating, and preservation of the material record.

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