- Complex Societies/Civilizations
- State Formation Processes
- Social Networks and Communities
- Urban & Landscape Theory and Analysis
- Ancient Mesoamerica and the Caribbean (esp. Maya Area)
Ph.D. (2015) –
Archaeology & Anthropology – University of Calgary
M.A. (2007) – Archaeology – University of
Hon. B.A. (2003) – Archaeology – Wilfrid Laurier
I am an anthropological archaeologist interested in the
development of early civilizations, particularly of the urban societies of the
Maya Area. Much of my work has focused
on aspects of public performance and ritual within the ancient cityscape and
broader landscape, including extensive work in the deep cave contexts of
Belize. I am also interested in
modifying and applying techniques of analysis and modeling used in the study of
modern urban contexts and exploring their utility in the ancient context. I currently co-Direct an archaeological
research project and associated fieldschool – the Central Belize Archaeological
Survey (CBAS) project; www.CBASproject.org
-- focused on the ancient city of Tipan Chen Uitz.
At present, my favorite color is orange… no,
green… no, definitely orange, my favorite author is the late, great, Terry
Pratchett, and I seem to have developed a minor obsession with Kenny Loggins.
S.G. Morton, M. Isa & G. Wrobel (2015)
Caves Were the Houses of the Earth Lord, Right?: Insight into the Domestic
Economy of Central Belize from the Cave Context. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology. 12: 107-114.
S.G. Morton (2015) The Táino Use of Caves. Caribbean Connections: A Publication of the
Field Research Centre. 4 (1): 1-16.
C. Andres, C.G.B. Helmke, S.G. Morton, G.D.
Wrobel & J.J. González (2014) Contextualizing the Glyphic Texts of Tipan
Chen Uitz, Cayo District, Belize. Latin
American Antiquity. 25 (1): 46-64.
S.G. Morton, M.M.
Peuramaki-Brown, P.C. Dawson & J.D. Seibert (2014) Peopling the Past:
Interpreting models for pedestrian movement in ancient civic-ceremonial
centres. In Mapping Spatial Relations,
Their Perceptions and Dynamics: The City Today and in the Past, Susanne Rau
and Ekkehard Schönherr, eds., pp. 25-44. Springer, Heidelberg.
G.D. Wrobel, R. Shelton, S. Morton, J. Lynch
& C. Andres (2013) The View of Maya Mortuary Cave Ritual from Overlook
Rockshelter, Caves Branch River Valley, Central Belize. Journal of Cave and Karst Studies. 75 (2): 126-135.
C. Helmke, J.J. Awe, S.G. Moton & G.
Iannone (2012) The Archaeological and Epigraphic Significance of Cuychen, Macal
Valley, Belize. Research Reports in
Belizean Archaeology. 9: 75-89.
S.G. Morton, C.
Helmke & J.J. Awe (2012) Investigations at Actun Neko, Caves Branch River
Valley, Belize. In Heart of Earth:
Studies in Maya Ritual Cave Use, James E. Brady, ed., pp. 83-94. Bulletin
23. Association for Mexican Cave Studies, Austin.
S.G. Morton, M.M. Peuramaki-Brown, P.C. Dawson
& J.D. Seibert (2012) Civic and Household Community Relationships at
Teotihuacan, Mexico: a space syntax approach. Cambridge Archaeological Journal. 22 (3): 387-400.
S.G. Morton (2012) Ritual Procession and the
Creation of Civitas Among the Ancient
Maya: a case study from Naachtun, Guatemala. Canadian Journal of Archaeology. 36 (1): 141-165.
G.D. Wrobel, C.R.
Andres, S.G. Morton, R. Shelton, A. Michael & C. Helmke (2012) Ritual
Landscapes of the Caves Branch River Valley. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology. 9: 233-244.
C.R. Andres, G.D.
Wrobel, J.J. Gonzalez, S.G. Morton & R. Shelton (2011) Power and Status in
Central Belize: insights from the Caves Branch Archaeological Survey project’s
2010 field season. Research Reports in
Belizean Archaeology. 8: 101-113.
C.R. Andres, G.D. Wrobel
& S.G. Morton (2010) Tipan Chen Uitz (“Fortress Mountain Well”): a major
“new” Maya center in the Cayo District, Belize. Mexicon. 32: 88-94.
G. Wrobel, S. Morton & C. Andres (2010) An
Introduction to the First Season of the Caves Branch Archaeological Survey. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology.