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Marcie Venter

Marcie Venter

Lecturer

318 Carpenter Building
University Park , PA 16802
Office Phone: (814) 863-4388

Curriculum Vitae

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Education

  1. PhD University of Kentucky (Anthropology)
  2. MA University of Kentucky (Anthropology)
  3. BA University of Pittsburgh (Anthropology)

Biography

I study the dynamics of ancient states and empires through a focus on the transformation of political and economic networks within boundary regions, which are especially sensitive to periods of expansion, contraction and integration across space. My methodological expertise includes ceramic analysis and historical research, and I incorporate remote sensing and other cutting edge technologies in my work. I am especially fascinated by changes that occurred in Mesoamerica after CE 800. My interests also include how modern groups associate with and incorporate archaeological heritage into daily practice. At present, I am the Principal Investigator of the Matacanela Archaeological Project (National Science Foundation, BCS-1358063), which is examining the transformation of political and economic relationships in the Gulf lowlands of Mesoamerica.during a period of pronounced demographic, climatic and environmental change.

Research: Mexico, Caribbean, Ohio Valley, Trans-Mississippi Region

Courses Taught: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology Introduction to Cultural Anthropology-Honors Anthropology of Religion Peoples of Mesoamerica Intellectual Background of Archaeology

Selected Publications

Lopinot, Neal H., and Marcie L. Venter. 2014. La Reconnaissance Site, Trinidad. In The Encyclopedia of Caribbean Archaeology, edited by Basil A. Reid and R. Grant Gilmore III. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

Ohnersorgen, Michael A., and Marcie L. Venter. 2012c  Aztec Boundary Interactions. In Section 3, Peripheries and Frontiers, Oxford Handbook of      Mesoamerican Archaeology, edited by Deborah Nichols and Christopher Pool, pp. 525–535. Oxford University Press, New York.

Venter, Marcie L. 2013a.  Quiahuiztlan. In Conflict in the Early Americas: An Encyclopedia of the Spanish Empire's Aztec, Incan, and Mayan Conquests, edited by Rebecca Seaman. ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, California.

2013b  Totonacs. In Conflict in the Early Americas: An Encyclopedia of the Spanish Empire's Aztec, Incan, and Mayan Conquests, edited by Rebecca Seaman. ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, California.

2013c  Zempoala. In Conflict in the Early Americas: An Encyclopedia of the Spanish Empire's Aztec, Incan, and Mayan Conquests, edited by Rebecca Seaman. ABC-CLIO, Santa Barbara, California.

2012a  Negotiating Aztec Imperialism: Late Postclassic Ceramic Evidence from Totogal, Veracruz. Mexicon: the Journal of Mesoamerican Studies 34(3):58–63.

2012b  A Reassessment of the Extent of the Eastern Aztec Empire in the Mesoamerican Gulf Lowlands. Ancient Mesoamerica.23(2):235–250.

2016   The Aztec Provinces of the Gulf Lowlands. In Oxford Handbook of the Aztecs, edited by Deborah Nichols and Enrique Rodríguez, Chapter 36. Oxford University Press, New York.

Venter, Marcie. L, and Sarah L. Lyon. 2015. Configuring and Commoditizing the Archaeological Landscape: Heritage, Identity and Tourism in the Tuxtla Mountains. In The Legacy of Mesoamerican Ancestors: Archaeological Heritage in and beyond Contemporary Mexico, edited by David S. Anderson, Dylan J. Clark, and J. Heath Anderson. Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association 25:74–82.

Venter, Marcie. L., Victor D. Thompson, Matthew D. Reynolds, and James C. Waggoner. 2006. Integrating Shallow Geophysical Survey: Archaeological Investigations at Totogal in the Sierra de los Tuxtlas of Veracruz, Mexico. Journal of Archaeological Science 33:767-777.

Dissertation

Community Strategies in the Aztec Imperial Frontier: Perspectives from Totogal, Veracruz, Mexico

Dissertation Chair(s)

Christopher A. Pool

Research Interests

Political Economy, Borderland Interactions, Culture Change, Ceramic Ecology, Ethnohistory, Remote Sensing Applications in Archaeology