Eleanor Harrison-Buck

Department Chair, Anthropology

Phone: (603) 862-4742
Office: Anthropology, Huddleston Hall Rm 311, Durham, NH 03824
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 Archaeological Cultures
  • ANTH 620: Ritual & Religion Ancient Meso
  • ANTH 674: Arch Survey and Mapping Belize
  • ANTH 797: Top/Cult. Sust & Public Archae

Selected Publications

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., 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. (2018). Relational Matters of Being: Personhood and Agency in Archaeology. In Relational Identities and Other-than-Human Agency in Archaeology (pp. 263-282). University Press of Colorado. doi:10.5876/9781607327479.c011

An Introduction to Relational Personhood and Other-than-Human Agency in Archaeology (2018). In Relational Identities and Other-than-Human Agency in Archaeology (pp. 3-28). University Press of Colorado. doi:10.5876/9781607327479.c001

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. (2014). Reevaluating Chronology and Historical Content in the Maya Books of Chilam Balam. Ethnohistory, 61(4), 681-713. doi:10.1215/00141801-2717831

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

Most Cited Publications