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Dr. Stephen Kowalewski
Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Arizona 1976
- Archaeology and history of Mesoamerica and North America (especially Southeast and Southwest)
- Regional-scale anthropology
- Human ecology
- Economic anthropology
- Systematic archaeological surveys in Oaxaca, Mexico, and Georgia (U.S.).
I am interested in anthropology at all scales, but my own work begins with regions. My theoretical inspiration comes from economics and demography, or political economy. I continue to do archaeological survey in Oaxaca, Mexico, and I am also interested in the North American Southeast and Southwest.
Currently working in the Coixtlahuaca Valley, Oaxaca.
Coixtlahuaca Project Web Site: http://shapiro.anthro.uga.edu/coixtlahuaca2008/
- National Science Foundation
- National Geographic Society
- Kowalewski, Stephen A., Luis A. Barba Pingarrón, Jorge Blancas, Marisol Yadira Cortés Vilchis, Gabriela García Ayala, Leonardo López Zárate, Agustín Ortiz, Thomas J. Pluckhahn, Benjamin A. Steere, and Blanca Vilchis Flores. 2008. Proyecto Urbanismo Temprano y Tardío en Coixtlahuaca, Oaxaca: Informe Técnico Final. Submitted to Consejo de Arqueología, Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, México, D.F. Department of Anthropology, University of Georgia, Athens.
- Kowalewski, Stephen A. 2005. “When the Past is Destroyed: Loss of Archaeological Sites Due to Urbanization.” Early Georgia 33(1): 1-44.
- Kowalewski, Stephen A. 2006. “Coalescent Societies.” In Light on the Path: Essays in the Anthropology and History of the Southeastern Indians, edited by Thomas J. Pluckhahn and Robbie Ethridge, 94-122. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press.
- Kowalewski, Stephen A., Gary M. Feinman, Linda M. Nicholas, and Verenice Y. Heredia. 2006. “Hilltowns and Valley Fields: Great Transformations, Labor, and Long-Term History in Ancient Oaxaca.” In Labor in Cross-Cultural Perspective, edited by E. Paul Durrenebreger and Judith Marti, 197-216. Lanham, Maryland: Altamira Press.
- Kowalewski, Stephen A. 2007. “Concluding Observations: Perspectives from the Hill Towns of Oaxaca.” In Trincheras Sites in Time, Space, and Society, edited by Suzanne K. Fish, Paul R. Fish, and Elisa Villalpando, 247-267. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
- Kowalewski, Stephen A. 2007. “From Out of the Southwest, a New Kind of Past.” In Zuni Origins: Toward a New Synthesis of Southwestern Archaeology, edited by David A. Gregory and David R. Wilcox, 434-445. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
- Kowalewski, Stephen A., and Jacqueline J. Saindon. 2007. “Historia y Alfabetismo en Oaxaca.” Humanidades: Revista del Instituto de Humanidades, Universidad Autónoma "Benito Juárez" de Oaxaca 4-5: 55-71.
- Kowalewski, Stephen A. 2008. “Regional Settlement Pattern Studies.” Journal of Archaeological Research 16: 225-285.
- Fish, Suzanne K., and Stephen A. Kowalewski, editors. 2009. The Archaeology of Regions: A Case for Full-Coverage Survey. Reprinted with new prologue. Clinton Corners, New York: Percheron Press/Eliot Werner Publications. Originally published 1990, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.C.
- Kowalewski, Stephen A. 2009. “Localización de la Base de la Complejidad.” In Bases de la Complejidad Social en Oaxaca: Memoria de la Cuarta Mesa Redonda de Monte Albán, edited by Nelly M. Robles García, 265-276. Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, México, D.F.
- Kowalewski, Stephen A., Andrew K. Balkansky, Laura R. Stiver Walsh, Thomas J. Pluckhahn, John F. Chamblee, Verónica Pérez Rodríguez, Verenice Y. Heredia Espinoza, and Charlotte A. Smith. 2009. Origins of the Ñuu: Archaeology in the Mixteca Alta, Mexico. Boulder: University Press of Colorado.
- Heredia Espinoza, Verenice Y., Stephen A. Kowalewski, and Verónica Pérez Rodríguez 2009. “Cerro Jazmín: The Morphology of an Urban Center in the Mixteca Alta.” In Urbanism in Mesoamerica, Vol. 2, edited by Guadalupe Mastache, Robert Cobean, Angel García Cook, and Kenneth G. Hirth, 423-446. Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, México, D.F., and University Park: Pennsylvania State University.
I am interested in anthropology at all scales, but my own work begins with regions. My theoretical inspiration comes from economics and demography, or political economy. I continue to do archaeological survey in Oaxaca, Mexico, and I am also interested in the North American SE and SW. I teach the Aztecs and the Maya, Introduction to Archaeology, Southwestern Archaeology, Introduction to Anthropology, and graduate seminars with fascinating titles such as Human Ecosystems Evolution, Regional Analysis, Archaeological Theory, and Comparative Civilizations. And Collapse.
Crew member Blanca Vilchis Flores liberates snacks from Dr. Kowalewski's provision stash in the Coixtlahuaca valley, Oaxaca, Mexico.
Highland Oaxaca. We have surveyed the Valley of Oaxaca, Peñoles, the Central Mixteca Alta, and now we are working in the Valley of Coixtlahuaca.
Ñiaxugue and Naduza, a major Preclassic center in Coixtlahuaca and subject of Gabriela García Ayala's ENAH thesis.
Leonardo López Zárate, Ben Steere, and Marisol Cortés surveying at Inguiteria, the 30,000 hectare Late Postclassic capital.
Photography by tethered balloon in Coixtlahuaca, by our collaborators Luis Barba, Agustín Ortiz, and Jorge Blancas of the Instituto de Investigaciones Antropológicas, UNAM.
Jorge Blancas carrying out magnetic prospection at an ancient residence, Inguiteria.
Typically perplexed with potsherds.
Ben Steere and Gabriela García Ayala surveying a residential terrace at Ñiaxugue.
Post-abandonment erosion at Inguiteria. Here it was abandonment, not overuse, that led to environmental degradation.
Futbol restauradores y arqueólogos, atrium of the sixteenth-century Convento San Juan Bautista Coixtlahuaca.