John Hoopes

John Hoopes

Primary Field
Archaeology
Position
Director of Undergraduate Studies (DUGS)
https://anthropology.ku.edu/
Professor, University of Kansas, Department of Anthropology
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Knowledge / Expertise
Interest/Specialty Areas Archaeology, sociocultural evolution, ceramic analysis
Biography

I specialize in the archaeology of southern Central America and northern South America. I have been conducting archaeological fieldwork in Costa Rica since 1978. I have undertaken archaeological fieldwork at sites near Lake Arenal in northwestern Costa Rican and near Golfito on the Pacific Coast. My most recent project, with archaeologists from the University of Costa Rica, focuses on the ruins of Nuevo Corinto, a pre-Hispanic settlement near Guápiles in the Caribbean lowlands. In addition to Costa Rica, I have also conducted archaeological fieldwork in northern Virigina, eastern New Mexico, and coastal Ecuador. I am is the author of dozens of articles and book chapters on the archaeology of Central America and am the co-editor of two books, The Emergence of Pottery: Technology and Innovation in Ancient Societies (Smithsonian Institition Press) and Gold and Power in Ancient Costa Rica, Panama, and Colombia (Dumbarton Oaks). I teach courses on the archaeology of Mesoamerica, ancient Mayas, the Central Andes, Central America, shamanism, and critical thinking. In 2008, I was the recipient of a Kemper Award for Teaching Excellence. I serve on the Historic Sites Board of Review for the State of Kansas and am a former Director of KU's Indigenous Studies program. I have had a longstanding interest in pre-Hispanic social organization and the relationships between indigenous cultures and their environments. My recent interests have included the role of archaeology in pop culture and contemporary mythology with a special focus on pseudoscience, pseudoarchaeology, and counterculture narratives. In Fall 2013, I was a Keeler Intrauniversity Professor in the KU Department of Religious Studies, undertaking research on how narratives about ancient cultures inspire religious movements via digital networks. My current projects include co-editing a catalogue of gold and jade artifacts at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C. and consulting on exhibitions of Pre-Columbian art for the Getty Museum in Los Angeles and the Metropolitan Museum in New York. I grew up in Baltimore, is married and have two adult children.

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Geographic Areas of Expertise International
Western Hemisphere
Costa Rica
Languages
French
Spanish
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