Marilyn Masson

Marilyn A. Masson

Primary Field
Department Chair
Chair and Professor of Archaeology, SUNY, University at Albany, Department of Anthropology
Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas Archaeology, ancient economies and urbanism, political organization, human ecology, ancient religion, zooarchaeology, lithic analysis

Dr. Marilyn Masson is a historical anthropologist and archaeologist whose current research project focuses on the daily life and diversity of rural and urban settlements in the late Pre-Columbian and Colonial  periods in Yucatan, Mexico. In Mexico, she collaborates with an international team of researchers and local assistants at the site of Mayapan and its regional environs. Her team currently explores long-term settlement and demographic changes associated with cycles of climatic crisis, human-environmental system resilience, and societal reconstitution. 

Two recent publications include: 

Masson, Marilyn A., David Freidel, and Arthur A. Demarest 2020 The Real Business of Ancient Maya Exchange: From Farmers’ Fields to Rulers’ Realms. University of Florida Press. 

Masson, Marilyn A., Timothy S. Hare, Carlos Peraza Lope, and Bradley W. Russell, editors 2021 Settlement, Society, and Economy at Mayapan, Yucatan, Mexico. Center for Comparative Archaeology Memoir 27, University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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Geographic Areas of Expertise International
Western Hemisphere
Curriculum Vitae
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