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Susan Toby Evans

Susan Toby Evans

Adjunct Professor of Anthropology

323B Carpenter Building
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Curriculum Vitae

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Education

  1. B.A. University of California, Berkeley
  2. Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University

Biography

Research Activities and Interests:

  • Archaeology and ethnohistory of Mexico and Central America
  • Aztec culture and Late Postclassic period (ca. A.D. 1150 to 1521)
  • Palace architecture and customs
  • Landscape design and monumental gardens
  • Hydrology of the ancient world: built environment and symbolic systems
  • Settlement systems and agricultural productivity
  • Teotihuacan and the Teotihuacan Valley
  • Aztec village of Cihuatecpan

Recent Presentations:

  • Susan Toby Evans. October 10, 2014. Processional Space and Water Worship at Teotihuacan. In the symposium Processions in the Ancient Americas: Approaches and Perspectives, (Dumbarton Oaks Pre-Columbian Studies, October 10-12, 2014), Susan Toby Evans and Stella Nair, symposiarchs.
  • Susan Toby Evans. April 24, 2014. Teotihuacan Water Worship and Processional Space. In the symposium, Processional Rituals in the Americas (Society for American Archaeology, Austin), organized by Susan Toby Evans and Stella Nair.
  • Publications:

    • Susan Toby Evans and Deborah L. Nichols. 2016. Water Temples and Civil Engineering at Teotihuacan, Mexico. In Human Adaptation in Ancient Mesoamerica: Empirical Approaches to Mesoamerican Archaeology, edited by Nancy Gonlin and Kirk D. French, pp. 25-51. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

    • Susan Toby Evans (coordinadora). 2015. Implorar con los Pies: Procesiones en Mesoamérica [To Pray With the Feet: Processions in Mesoamerica], a special section of Arqueología Mexicana, Volume 22, No. 131, pp. 34-79. With contributions by Ann Cyphers, Ernesto González Licón, Ben A. Nelson, Elizabeth Jiménez García and Robert Cobean, Rafael Cobos and Lilia Fernández Souza, Johanna Broda, and Traci Ardren (in No. 132).

    • ---- 2015. Las procesiones en Mesoamérica. Arqueología Mexicana Vol. 12, No. 131, pp. 34-39.

    • ---- 2015. Procesiones en Teotihuacan: Agua y tierra. Arqueología Mexicana Vol. 12, No. 131, pp. 48-53.

    • ---- 2014. Teotihuacan, Where Time and Water Flow. In Cities That Shaped the Ancient World, edited by John Julius Norwich, pp. 210-215. Thames & Hudson, London and New York.

    • ---- 2013. How Many People Lived in Tenochtitlan? In Ancient Mexico and Central America: Archaeology and Culture History, page 549.

    • ---- 2013. Ancient Mexico and Central America: Archaeology and Culture History. Third edition.  Thames and Hudson, London and New York. Winner, Society for American Archaeology Book Award. Review of first edition.

    • David L. Webster and Susan Toby Evans. 2013. "Mesoamerican Civilization". In The Human Past: World Prehistory & the Development of Human Societies (third edition), edited by Chris Scarre, pp. 594-639. Thames and Hudson, New York and London.

    • Susan Toby Evans. September 27, 2013. Tlazolteotl and Her Sisters: Mistaken and Shifting Hierophanic Identities. Dumbarton Oaks conference on the Birthing Figure (PC.B.071, formerly known as "Tlazolteotl"), organized by Miriam Doutriaux and Gudrun Buehl.

    • Susan Toby Evans. 2012. Time and Space Boundaries: Chronologies and Regions in Mesoamerica. In The Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology, edited by Deborah L. Nichols and Christopher A. Pool, pp. 114-126. Oxford University Press, New York.

    • ---- 2010. Ancient Mexican Art at Dumbarton Oaks:  Central Highlands, Southwestern Highlands, Gulf Lowlands. Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, Washington D.C., and Harvard University Press, Cambridge. 

    • Susan Toby Evans and David L. Webster (editors). 2010. Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia.2nd edition. Routledge Publishing, New York.

    • Susan Toby Evans. 2010. "Garden of the Aztec Philosopher King."  In Gardening: Philosophy for Everyone, edited by Dan O’Brien, pp. 207 – 219. Blackwell-Wiley, London.

    • ---- 2010. "Aztec Eagle Knight."  In What Makes a Masterpiece: Artists, Writers, and Curators on the World’s Greatest Works of Art, edited by Christoper Dell, pp. 134-135.  Thames & Hudson, London and New York.

    • ---- 2009.  review of The Allure of Nezahualcoyotl: Pre-Hispanic History, Religion, and Nahua Poetics (Jongsoo Lee). Ethnohistory 56: 340-342.

    • David L. Webster and Susan Toby Evans. 2009. "Mesoamerican Civilization". In The Human Past: World Prehistory & the Development of Human Societies (second edition), edited by Chris Scarre, pp. 594-639. Thames and Hudson, New York and London.

    • Susan Toby Evans. 2009. "Tenochtitlan" and "Teotihuacan". In The Great Cities in History,edited by John Julius Norwich, pp. 150-153; 68-73.Thames and Hudson,London and New York.

    • Susan Toby Evans. 2008. Ancient Mexico and Central America: Archaeology and Culture History. Second edition.  Thames and Hudson, London and New York.

    • --- 2008. Concubines and cloth: Women and weaving in Aztec palaces and in Colonial Mexico. In Servants of the Dynasty: Palace Women in World History, edited by Anne Walthall, pp. 215-231.  University of California Press, Berkeley.

    • David L. Webster and Susan Toby Evans. 2008. In Memoriam: "Even Jades Are Shattered . ." William Timothy Sanders, 1926-2008. In Ancient Mesoamerica, 19, pp. 157-163. NY:Cambridge University Press.
    • 2007. Las raíces toltecas de la política azteca: los palacios (The Toltec Roots of Aztec Politics:  the Palaces).  Arqueología Mexicana Vol. 15, No. 85: 55-57.
    • 2006.  Antecedents of the Aztec Palace: Palaces and political power in Classic and Postclassic Mexico.  In Palaces and Power in the Americas, edited by Jessica Joyce Christie and Patricia Joan Sarro, pp. 285-310.  University of Texas Press, Austin.
    • William T. Sanders and Susan Toby Evans. 2006.  Rulership and Palaces at Teotihuacan.  In Palaces and Power in the Americas, edited by Jessica Joyce Christie and Patricia Joan Sarro, pp. 256-284.  University of Texas Press, Austin.
    • Susan Toby Evans. 2005. Green evolution: Landscape design and culture change in ancient Mesoamerica.  Anales de Antropología [Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México],  39: 99-110.
    • 2005.  The Aztec palace under Spanish rule:  Disk motifs in the Mapa de México de 1550 (Uppsala Map or Mapa de Santa Cruz).  InThe Postclassic to Spanish-Era Transition in Mesoamerica, edited by Susan Kepecs and Rani T. Alexander, pp. 13-34.  University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque.
    • 2005.  Men, women, and maguey: The household division of labor among Aztec farmers. In Settlement, Subsistence, and Social Complexity: Essays Honoring the Legacy of Jeffrey R. Parsons, edited by Richard E. Blanton, pp. 198-228.  Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles.
    • William T. Sanders and Susan Toby Evans. 2005. Prestige, power and wealth at Teotihuacan: A perspective from the residential architecture.  In Arquitectura y Urbanismo: Pasado y Presente de los Espacios en Teotihuacan:  Memoria de la Tercera Mesa Redonda de Teotihuacan, edited by María Elena Ruiz Gallut and Jesús Torres
    • David L. Webster and Susan Toby Evans. 2005. Mesoamerican Civilization. In The Human Past: World Prehistory & the Development of Human Societies, edited by Chris Scarre, pp. 594-639. Thames and Hudson, New York and London.
    • Susan Toby Evans. 2004. Ancient Mexico and Central America: Archaeology and Culture History. Thames and Hudson, London and New York.
    • Susan Toby Evans and Joanne Pillsbury (editors). 2004. Palaces of the Ancient New World.  Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.
    • Susan Toby Evans. 2004. Aztec Palaces.  In Palaces of the Ancient New World, edited by Susan Toby Evans and Joanne Pillsbury, pp. 7-58.  Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.
    • --- 2001.  Aztec Noble Courts. In Royal Courts of the Ancient Maya, edited by Takeshi Inomata and Stephen Houston, Vol. 1, pp. 237-273.  Westview Press, Boulder.
    • --- 2001.  Aztec-period political organization in the Teotihuacan Valley: Otumba as a city-state. Ancient Mesoamerica 12: 89-100.
    • Susan Toby Evans and David L. Webster (editors). 2001. Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia.Garland Publishing, New York.
    • Susan Toby Evans. 2001. Alta Verapaz region; Asunción Mita; Chiconautla; Cihuatecpan; Cuicuilco; Gardens and landscape architecture; Jaina; El Manatí; Tenochtitlan: palaces and pleasure parks.  In The Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia, various pp.
    • Susan Toby Evans and John M.D. Pohl. 2001.  Coixtlahuaca.  In The Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia, pp. 161-162.
    • Nancy Gonlin and Susan Toby Evans. 2001. Family and household.  In The Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia, pp. 251-255.
    • Stephen Houston and Susan Toby Evans.  2001. Sweat baths.  In The Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia, pp. 688-690.
    • Octavio Rocha Herrera and Susan Toby Evans. 2001. Huaxtépec.  In The Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America: An Encyclopedia, pp. 349-350.
    • William T. Sanders and Susan Toby Evans (editors). 2001. The Aztec period occupation of the Valley. The Teotihuacan Valley Project Final Report, V. 5, Part 3: Syntheses and General Bibliography.  Occasional Papers in Anthropology No. 27, Department of Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa.

    • William T. Sanders and Susan Toby Evans. 2001.  The Teotihuacan Valley and the Temascalapa region during the Aztec Period.  InThe Aztec period occupation of the Valley. The Teotihuacan Valley Project Final Report 5: 3: 931-1078.

    • William T. Sanders, Susan Toby Evans and Thomas H. Charlton. 2001.  Colonial period cultural geography of the Teotihuacan Valley and the Temascalapa region.  In The Aztec period occupation of the Valley. The Teotihuacan Valley Project Final Report 5: 3: 891-930.

    • Susan Toby Evans. 2001.  Palaces. The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures: The Civilizations of Mexico and Central America, edited by Davíd Carrasco, pp.431-433.  Oxford University Press, New York.

    • --- 2001. Chapultepec Park. In Chicago Botanic Garden Encyclopedia of Gardens, History and Design, edited by Candice A. Shoemaker, Vol. 1, pp. 261-263.  Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, Chicago and London.

    • --- 2001. Huaxtepec. In Chicago Botanic Garden Encyclopedia of Gardens, History and Design, edited by Candice A. Shoemaker, Vol. 2, pp. 609-611.  Fitzroy Dearborn Publishers, Chicago and London.

    • Susan Toby Evans. 2000. Aztec royal pleasure parks: conspicuous consumption and elite status rivalry.  Studies in the History of Gardens and Designed Landscapes 20: 206-228.

    • Susan Toby Evans and William T. Sanders (editors). 2000. The Aztec period occupation of the Valley. The Teotihuacan Valley Project Final Report, V. 5, Part 1: Natural Environment, 20th Century Occupation, Survey Methodology, and Site Descriptions.  Occasional Papers in Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa.

    • Susan Toby Evans and William T. Sanders. 2000.  Introduction.  In The Aztec period occupation of the Valley. The Teotihuacan Valley Project Final Report 5: 1: 1-4.

    • Susan Toby Evans, William T. Sanders, and Jeffrey R. Parsons. 2000.  The Teotihuacan Valley Project: Aztec period site descriptions.  In The Aztec period occupation of the Valley. The Teotihuacan Valley Project Final Report 5: 1:  85-499.

    • William T. Sanders and Susan Toby Evans (editors). 2000. The Aztec period occupation of the Valley. The Teotihuacan Valley Project Final Report, V. 5, Part 2: Excavations at T.A. 40 and Related Projects.  Occasional Papers in Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa.

    • Susan Toby Evans. 2000.  The Cerro Gordo South Slope: An Aztec Period Rural Settlement in the Teotihuacan Valley.  In The Aztec period occupation of the Valley. The Teotihuacan Valley Project Final Report 5: 2:  687-709.

    • --- 2000.  Research at Cihuatecpan (T.A. 81) in 1984: A Summary.  In The Aztec period occupation of the Valley. The Teotihuacan Valley Project Final Report 5: 2: 789-839.

    • --- 1999.   The Great Temple of the Aztecs. In The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World: The Great Monuments and How they were Built , edited by Chris Scarre, pp. 147-151.  Thames and Hudson, London.

    • --- 1999.   The Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacan. In The Seventy Wonders of the Ancient World: The Great Monuments and How they were Built , edited by Chris Scarre, pp. 116-119.  Thames and Hudson, London.

    • --- 1998. Sexual Politics in the Aztec Palace: Public, Private, and Profane.  RES 33: 165-183.

    • --- 1998. Toltec Invaders and Spanish Conquistadors: Culture Contact in the Postclassic Teotihuacán Valley, Mexico.  In Studies in Culture Contact, edited by James G. Cusick, pp. 335-357.  Center for Archaeological Investigations, Occasional paper No. 25. Southern Illinois University,  Carbondale.

    • Susan Toby Evans and AnnCorinne Freter.  1996. Hydration Analysis of Obsidian from Cihuatecpan, an Aztec Period Village in Mexico.  Ancient Mesoamerica 7: 267-280.

    • Susan Toby Evans 1996.  Cihuatecpan, An Aztec Period Village in the Teotihuacan Valley.  In Arqueología Mesoamericana: Homenaje a William Sanders, coordinated by Alba Guadalupe Mastache, Jeffrey R. Parsons, Robert S. Santley, and Mari Carmen Sera, pp. 399-415.  Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Mexico.

    • David L. Webster, Susan Toby Evans and William T. Sanders. 1993. Out of the Past: An Introduction to Archaeology. Mayfield Publishing Co., Mountain View.

    • Susan Toby Evans. 1993. Aztec Household Organization and Village Administration.  In Prehispanic Domestic Units in Western Mesoamerica, edited by R. Santley and K. Hirth, pp. 173-189. CRC Press, Boca Raton.

    • --- 1992.  The Productivity of Maguey Terrace Agriculture in Central Mexico During the Aztec Period.  In Gardens of Prehistory, edited by T.W. Killion, pp. 92-115. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa.

    • Susan Toby Evans and Janet Catherine Berlo. 1992.  Teotihuacan: an introduction.  In Art, Ideology, and the City of Teotihuacan, edited by Janet Catherine Berlo, pp. 1-26.  Dumbarton Oaks, Washington D.C.

    • Susan Toby Evans.  1991.  Architecture and Authority in an Aztec Village: Form and Function of the Tecpan.  In Land and Politics in the Valley of Mexico, edited by H. Harvey, pp. 63-92. University of New Mexico Press, Albuquerque.

    • --- 1990.  The productivity of maguey terrace agriculture in Central Mexico during the Aztec period.  Latin American Antiquity V.1:117-132.

    • --- 1989.  House and Household in the Aztec World: The Village of Cihuatecpan.  In Households and Communities, edited by Scott MacEachern, David J.W. Archer, and Richard D. Garvin, pp. 430-440. The Archaeological Association of the University of Calgary, Calgary.

    • --- (editor). 1988.  Excavations at Cihuatecpan, An Aztec Village in the Teotihuacan Valley.  Vanderbilt University Publications in Anthropology No. 36., Nashville.

    • --- 1988.  Cihuatecpan: The Village in Its Ecological and Historical Context.  In  Excavations at Cihuatecpan, edited by S.T. Evans, pp. 1-49.  Vanderbilt University Publications in Anthropology No. 36., Nashville.

    • Susan T. Evans and Elliot M. Abrams.  1988.  Archaeology at the Aztec Period Village of Cihuatecpan, Mexico: Methods and Results of the 1984 Field Season.  In Excavations at Cihuatecpan, edited by S.T. Evans, pp. 50-234.  Vanderbilt University Publications in Anthropology No. 36, Nashville.

    • Susan Toby Evans.   1986.  Analysis of the Surface Sample Ceramics.  In The Teotihuacan Valley Project Final Report, Vol. 4:  The Toltec Period Occupation of the Valley, edited by William T. Sanders.  Part 1, Excavations and Ceramics:283-366. Occasional Papers in Anthropology, Department of Anthropology, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park, Pa.

    • --- 1985.  The Cerro Gordo site:  a rural settlement of the Aztec period in the Basin of Mexico.  Journal of Field Archaeology, V. 12:1-18.

    • Susan Toby Evans and Peter Gould  1982  Settlement Models in Archaeology. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 1:275-304.

    • Susan Toby Evans 1980.  Spatial Analysis of the Basin of Mexico Settlement: Problems with the Use of the Central Place Model.American Antiquity 45:866-875.