Maxine Oland

Curriculum Vitae


B.A., State University of New York at Albany, 1999; Ph.D., Northwestern University, 2009

Area(s) of Specialization:

Culture contact and colonialism, household archaeology, historical archaeology of Latin America, Maya civilization, cultures and peoples of Mesoamerica, public archaeology

Research Description:

I am an anthropological archaeologist working in the postclassic and historic periods of Mesoamerica. I study the Maya people of Belize from the 15th through the 20th century, their interactions with European and other indigenous groups, and their eventual incorporation into the global economy. I am particularly interested in the intersection between the political economy of European colonization and the everyday life of Maya households.

Key Publications:

2017 Maxine Oland, "The Olive Jar in the Shrine: Situating Spanish Objects within a 15th-17th Century Maya Worldview," Foreign Objects: Rethinking Indigenous Consumption in American Archaeology, edited by Craig N. Cipolla, pp. 127-142. University of Arizona Press.

2016 Maxine Oland, "The 15th to 17th Centuries on Chetumal Bay," Perspectives on the Ancient Maya of Chetumal Bay, edited by Debra S. Walker, pp. 107-122. University Press of Florida.

2016 Maxine Oland and Joel Palka, "The Perduring Maya: New Archaeology of Early Colonial Transitions," Antiquity 90(350):472-486.

2014 Maxine Oland “'With the Gifts and Good Treatment that He Gave Them': Elite Maya Adoption of Spanish Material Culture at Progresso Lagoon, Belize. International Journal of Historical Archaeology 18(4):643-667.

2012 Maxine Oland, Siobhan M. Hart, and Liam Frink, eds. Decolonizing Indigenous Histories: Exploring Prehistoric/Colonial Transitions in Archaeology. University of Arizona Press.

2012 Maxine Oland Public and Postcolonial Practices in Latin American Archaeology: Engaging with Non-Descendant Communities in Northern Belize. Chungara 44(3):467-474.