Eleanor Harrison-Buck

Department Chair, Anthropology

Phone: (603) 862-4742
Office: Anthropology, Huddleston Hall Rm 311, Durham, NH 03824

Eleanor Harrison-Buck is a 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 Archaeological Cultures
  • ANTH 674: Arch Survey and Mapping Belize
  • ANTH 797: Adv Top/Arch of Power&Identity

Selected Publications

Harrison-Buck, E. (2020). Maya Relations with the Material World. In S. Hutson, & T. Ardren (Eds.), The Maya World (pp. 424-442). Routledge.

Harrison-Buck, E., & Clarke-Vivier, S. (n.d.). Making Space for Heritage: Collaboration, Sustainability, and Education in a Creole Community Archaeology Museum in Northern Belize. Heritage, 3(2), 412-435. doi:10.3390/heritage3020025

Harrison-Buck, E., Willis, M., Walker, C., Murata, S., & Brouwer Burg, M. (2020). From Urban Core to Vacant Terrain: Defining the Heterotopia of Maya Monumental Landscapes at the Cross-roads of the Middle Belize Valley. In B. Houk, B. Arroyos, & T. Powis (Eds.), Approaches to Monumental Landscapes of the Ancient Maya (pp. 85-108). University Press of Florida.

Stemp, W. J., & Harrison-Buck, E. (2019). Pre-Maya Lithic Technology in the Wetlands of Belize: The Chipped Stone from Crawford Bank. LITHIC TECHNOLOGY, 44(4), 183-198. doi:10.1080/01977261.2019.1629173

Harrison-Buck, E., Houk, B. A., Kaeding, A. R., & Bonorden, B. (2019). The Strange Bedfellows of Northern Belize: British Colonialists, Confederate Dreamers, Creole Loggers, and the Caste War Maya of the Late Nineteenth Century. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HISTORICAL ARCHAEOLOGY, 23(1), 172-203. doi:10.1007/s10761-018-0461-6

Harrison-Buck, E., & Hendon, J. A. (2018). An Introduction to Relational Personhood and Other-than-Human Agency in Archaeology. In RELATIONAL IDENTITIES AND OTHER-THAN-HUMAN AGENCY IN ARCHAEOLOGY (pp. 3-28). doi:10.5876/9781607327479.c001

Harrison-Buck, E. (2014). Anthropological Archaeology in 2013: The Search for Truth(s). AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST, 116(2), 338-351. doi:10.1111/aman.12101

Harrison-Buck, E., & McAnany, P. A. (2013). TERMINAL CLASSIC CIRCULAR ARCHITECTURE IN THE SIBUN VALLEY, BELIZE. ANCIENT MESOAMERICA, 24(2), 295-306. doi:10.1017/S0956536113000199

Harrison-Buck, E. (2012). Architecture as Animate Landscape: Circular Shrines in the Ancient Maya Lowlands. AMERICAN ANTHROPOLOGIST, 114(1), 64-80. doi:10.1111/j.1548-1433.2011.01397.x

Harrison-Buck, E., McAnany, P. A., Storey, R., & Cucina, A. (2007). Empowered and Disempowered During the Late to Terminal Classic Transition: Maya Burial and Termination Rituals in the Sibun Valley, Belize. In NEW PERSPECTIVES ON HUMAN SACRIFICE AND RITUAL BODY TREATMENTS IN ANCIENT MAYA SOCIETY (pp. 74-101). doi:10.1007/978-0-387-48871-4_4

Most Cited Publications