Dr. Claire Ebert
Complexity, human-environment interaction, Archaic and Formative period Mesoamerica, Mesolithic and Neolithic Europe, radiocarbon dating, stable isotope geochemistry, geochemical sourcing analyses, paleoclimate reconstruction, GIS and remote sensing.
Exploring Cultures, Humankind Emerging, Lost Tribes and Buried Cities, Doing Archaeology, Field Methods in Archaeology (Belize Field School)
Dr. Ebert is an anthropological archaeologist interested in the role of human-environment interactions in the emergence of cultural complexity. Her research integrates approaches from environmental archaeology, human ecology, and economic anthropology with methods including radiocarbon dating, stable isotope geochemistry, and geochemical sourcing to understand local and regional trajectories of socio-economic development and the consequences of social inequality in the past. She has most recently been involved in two projects in Belize and Croatia aimed at understanding the mechanisms driving growth of complexity among early agricultural communities. She is the Assistant Director for the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance (BVAR) Project and NAU field school, which focuses on the role of the environment in the emergence and decline of social complexity in the Maya region. Her research in Belize examines the relationship between diet, climate change, and resilience among the ancient Maya through time. She is also developing a new research project to examine timing and role of food production during the shift from foraging to farming lifestyles in western Belize. Dr. Ebert is also involved in an interdisciplinary project investigating the role of seasonal transhumance of livestock as a key economic development for Neolithic farming communities living on the Dalmatian coast of Croatia.
2019 Ebert, C. E., J. A. Hoggarth, B. J. Culleton, J. J. Awe, and D. J. Kennett. The role of diet in resilience and vulnerability to climate change among early agricultural communities in the Maya Lowlands. Current Anthropology. (In Press)
2017 Ebert, C. E., N. Peniche May, B. J. Culleton, J. J. Awe, and D. J. Kennett. Regional response to drought during the formation and decline of Preclassic Maya societies. Quaternary Science Reviews 173: 211-235.
2016 Ebert, C. E., B. J. Culleton, J. J. Awe, and D. J. Kennett. AMS 14C dating of Preclassic to Classic Period household construction in the ancient Maya community of Cahal Pech, Belize. Radiocarbon 58: 69-87.
2016 Ebert, C. E., J. A. Hoggarth, and J. J. Awe. Integrating quantitative LiDAR analysis and settlement survey in the Belize River Valley. Advances in Archaeological Practice 4: 284-300.
2015 Ebert, C. E., M. Dennison, K. G. Hirth, S. B. McClure, and D. J. Kennett. Formative Period obsidian exchange along the Pacific Coast of Mesoamerica. Archaeometry 57(S1): 54-73.