Eleanor Harrison-Buck

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Eleanor Harrison-Buck

Eleanor Harrison-Buck is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of New Hampshire. She received her Ph.D. from Boston University in 2007 and has directed the Belize River East Archaeology (BREA) project in Belize since 2011, examining the deep history of the lower Belize River Watershed from Preclassic to Colonial times. Her research focuses on the Classic Maya “collapse” period and subsequent Spanish and British colonial periods in Belize, Central America. Her work examines shifting social identity, power and religious ideology through technical and stylistic studies of architecture and material culture. Her research interests incorporate anthropological theory, which include studies of relational and neomaterialist archaeology, other-than-human agency, personhood, and the self. She engages critically with these topics in numerous peer-reviewed chapters and articles in peer-reviewed journals, such as the Journal of Social Archaeology (2018), and the International Journal of Historical Archaeology (2018), as well as her recent co-edited volume (with Julia Hendon), entitled "Relational Identities and Other-than-Human Agency in Archaeology" (University Press of Colorado, 2018).


  • Ph.D., Archaeology, Boston University
  • M.A., Archaeology, Boston University
  • B.S., Anthro/Studio Arts, Skidmore College

Research Interests

  • Archaeology: Mesoamerica/Maya archaeology
  • Divine kinship
  • Personhood
  • Political collapse
  • Religious ideology
  • Sacred landscapes
  • Social identity

Courses Taught

  • ANTH 412: Adventures in Archaeology
  • ANTH 501: World Arch Cultures/Mesoam
  • ANTH 620: Ritual & Religion Ancient Meso
  • ANTH 674: Arch Survey and Mapping Belize
  • ANTH 797: Top/Cult. Sust & Public Archae

Selected Publications

Harrison-Buck, E., Runggaldier, A., & Gantos, A. (2018). It’s the journey not the destination: Maya New Year's pilgrimage and self-sacrifice as regenerative power. Journal of Social Archaeology, 18(3), 325-347. doi:10.1177/1469605318764138

Harrison-Buck, E., & Hendon, J. (2018). Relational Identities and Other-than-Human Agency in Archaeology. Louisville, CO: University Press of Colorado.

Harrison-Buck, E. (2018). Relational Matters of Being: Personhood and Agency in Archaeology. In E. Harrison-Buck, & J. Hendon (Eds.), Relational Identities and Other-than-Human Agency in Archaeology (pp. 263-282). Louisville, CO: University Press of Colorado.

Stemp, J. W., Awe, J. J., Brown, M. K., Harrison-Buck, E., Helmke, C. G. B., Wrobel, G. D., & Yaeger, J. R. (2018). Four Preceramic Points Newly Discovered in Belize, a comment on Stemp et al. (Latin American Antiquity 2016:279-299). Latin American Antiquity, 29(2), 394-397.

Harrison-Buck, E., & Hendon, J. (2018). An Introduction to Relational Personhood and Other-than-Human Agency in Archaeology. In E. Harrison-Buck, & J. Hendon (Eds.), Relational Identities and Other-than-Human Agency in Archaeology (pp. 3-28). Louisville, CO: University Press of Colorado.

Harrison-Buck, E. (2017). The Coin of Her Realm: Cacao as Gendered Good Among the Pre-Hispanic and Colonial Maya. In J. Matthews, & T. Guderjan (Eds.), The Value of Things: Prehistoric to Contemporary Commodities in the Maya Region (pp. 104-123). Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press.

Brouwer Burg, M., Runggalider, A., & Harrison-Buck, E. (2016). The Afterlife of Earthen-Core Buildings: A Taphonomic Study of Threatened and Effaced Architecture in Central Belize. Journal of Field Archaeology, 41(1), 17-36.

Harrison-Buck, E. (2016). Killing the “Kings of Stone”: The Defacement of Classic Maya Monuments. In G. Iannone, B. Houk, & S. Schwake (Eds.), Ritual, Violence, and the Fall of the Classic Maya Kings (pp. 61-88). Gainesville, FL: University Press of Florida.

Harrison-Buck, E. (2015). Maya Religion and Gods: Relevance and Relatedness in the Animic Cosmos. In M. E. Buchanan, & B. J. Skousen (Eds.), Tracing the Relational: The Archaeology of Worlds, Spirits, and Temporalities (pp. 113-127). Salt Lake City, UT: University of Utah Press.

Harrison-Buck, E. (2014). Anthropological Archaeology in 2013: The Search for Truth(s). American Anthropologist, 116(2), 338-351.

Most Cited Publications