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Adjunct Assistant Professor

of Anthropology and the Curriculum in Archaeology

Alumni Hall 211 •  (919) 962-0524 •

Research Interests

I am an anthropological archaeologist, specializing in Mesoamerican cultures. I currently serve as Program Director for InHerit: Indigenous Heritage Passed to Present, a non-profit program administered through the Research Laboratories of Archaeology at UNC-Chapel Hill and partnered with the Alliance for Heritage Conservation. Our aim is to develop collaborative programs of education, conservation, and public interpretation with native communities around the world to promote indigenous goals in heritage management, cultural resource conservation, language preservation, and the mitigation of global threats to cultural traditions and sacred spaces.

Within Mesoamerican studies, my research has focused primarily on Maya culture, coastal archaeology, port communities, household archaeology, and social identity. My doctoral research explored the social dimensions and dynamics of a Maya coastal port community through household archaeology at the small, island port of Isla Cerritos in Yucatán, Mexico. My research also has examined the multiple roles that the archaeological past plays in the contemporary world through public and community archaeology, heritage studies, and museum studies. I have had the privilege of partnering on archaeological excavations at several sites in Mexico, Honduras, and the U.S., including Isla Cerritos, Chichén Itzá, Chunchucmil (Yucatán), the Tlacolula Valley (Oaxaca), Copán, Rastrojón (Honduras), and the Warren B. Shepard site, Ellen G. White House site, Fort St. Joseph (Michigan), and the Harvard Yard Archaeological Project (Massachusetts). Prior to coming to UNC-Chapel Hill, I taught courses in Mesoamerican archaeology, Latin American history, cultural anthropology, global history, and the Humanities at UNC-Asheville, Brevard College, Harvard University, and Front Range Community College. In 2017, I served as the Resident Archivist at the George E. Stuart library at Boundary End Center, and from 2011-2013, I held a William Tyler Fellowship in Pre-Columbian Studies at Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection in Washington, D.C.

Current Research

Yucatec Cenotes Project


Ph.D. in Anthropology, Harvard University (2016)
A.M. in Anthropology, Harvard University
M.A. in Latin American Studies, Tulane University
B.A. in Anthropology and Spanish, Lee Honors College, Western Michigan University

Select Publications

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2020 • Landry-Montes, Khristin, Patricia A. McAnany, Dylan J. Clark, and Adolfo Iván Batún Alpuche. Karst Water Resource Management and Sustainable Educational Practices in Nine Yucatec Maya Communities. In Proceedings of the Sixteenth Multidisciplinary Conference on Sinkholes and the Engineering and Environmental Impacts of Karst (1st edition), edited by L. Land, C. Kromhout, and M. Byle, pp. 18-29. NCKRI Symposium 8. National Cave and Karst Research Institute, Carlsbad, NM.

2019 • Clark, Dylan J. An Archaeologist of Morning in the Mayab, 1951. In Staying Open: Charles Olson’s Sources and Influences, Joshua S. Hoeynck (ed.), pp. 229-287. Vernon Press, Wilmington, DE.

2018 • Martínez Tuñón, Antonio, Nelly M. Robles García, Dylan J. Clark, Christina G. Warinner, and Noreen Tuross. Clandestine pulque production during the sixteenth-century in the Tlacolula Valley, Oaxaca, Mexico. Mexicon 40(2):52-59.

2015 • Anderson, David S., Dylan J. Clark, and J. Heath Anderson (eds.). Constructing Legacies of Mesoamerica: Archaeological Practice and the Politics of Heritage in and Beyond Mexico. Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association 25(1).

2015 • Clark, Dylan J. and D. S. Anderson. Past is Present: The Production and Consumption of Archaeological Legacies in Mexico. In “Constructing Legacies of Mesoamerica: Archaeological Practice and the Politics of Heritage in and Beyond Mexico,” D.S. Anderson, D.J. Clark, and J. H. Anderson (eds.). Archaeological Papers of the American Anthropological Association 25(1):1-18.

2015 • Clark, Dylan J. The Residential Spaces, Social Organization and Dynamics of Isla Cerritos, an Ancient Maya Port Community. Ph.D Dissertation. Department of Anthropology, Harvard University.

2012 • Clark, Dylan J. Conexiones e interacciones versus insularidad en las islas Mayas de la Costa de Campeche. In Arqueología de la costa de Campeche: La Época Prehispánica, Rafael Cobos (ed.), pp. 351-370. Universidad Autónoma de Yucatán, Mérida.

2008 • Clark, Dylan J. Frederick Catherwood. In Encyclopedia of Latin American History and Culture, pp. 211-212. 2nd edition. Thompson-Gale, Farmington Hills.

2007 • Clark, Dylan J. Review of Quintana Roo Archaeology edited by Justine M. Shaw and Jennifer P. Mathews. Ethnohistory 54(3):571-572.



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