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Stacie M. King « Committee on NAIS

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Associate Professor of Anthropology

Office: Student Building 245
Phone: (812) 855-3900
E-mail: kingsm at


As an archaeologist, I’m deeply interested in the long-term histories of various peoples in ancient Oaxaca, Mexico.  My work explores networks of trade and communication, the production of cotton cloth, multi-ethnic landscapes, soundscapes and the senses, culture contact and colonialism, reuse and social memory, the relationship between food sharing and household membership, mortuary practices, and the meaning of residential burial. My dissertation research (Anthropology, UC-Berkeley, 2003) focused on everyday life in an indigenous Chatino village in southern coastal Oaxaca dating from A.D. 975-1220. More recently, I’ve started a long-term archaeological project with community members in Nejapa and Tavela (southeastern Oaxaca) that examines how the economies, politics, and social identities of people living along trade routes were (or were not) intertwined with those in urban areas. The region of Nejapa is located along a primary stopover on the trade route connecting highland Oaxaca and the Isthmus, and for the last 3500 years, the indigenous Chontal, Mixe, and Zapotec peoples who lived here negotiated their places in this shifting, multi-ethnic, sometimes violent landscape, which saw major imperial intrusions by Zapotecs, Aztecs, and Spanish colonists.

I incorporate numerous methods in my research, including visits to historical archives, archaeological field work, and oral history; for instance, I’ve recorded interviews with elder residents about Nejapa history and their memories of the now-defunct Hacienda San José. I’m also working closely with local communities to develop educational materials and expositions about local history and archaeology.

In addition to teaching regular undergraduate and graduate courses, I co-direct the Summer Field Program in Anthropology in Oaxaca, Mexico, along with Anthropology colleagues Anya Royce, Dan Suslak, and Catherine Tucker. The course, titled “Heritage and Cultural Diversity in Oaxaca, Mexico,” will be taught again in Summer 2010.

Relevant Courses

  • ANTH P200 Introduction to Archaeology
  • COLL E104 Rise and Fall of Ancient Civilizations
  • ANTH P350 Archaeology of Ancient Mexico
  • ANTH P399/600Archaeologies of Identity
  • ANTH P375/P575 Food in the Ancient World (with S. Atalay)
  • ANTH P600 Household Archaeology

Publication Highlights

2008    Interregional Networks of the Coastal Oaxacan Early Postclassic. In After Monte Albán: Transformation and Negotiation in Late Classic/Postclassic Oaxaca, Mexico,  ed. Jeffrey A. Blomster, 255-91. Boulder: University Press ofColorado.

2008    The Spatial Organization of Food Sharing in Early Postclassic Households: An Application of Soil Chemistry in Ancient Oaxaca, Mexico. Journal of Archaeological Science 35/5:1224-39.

2006    The Marking of Age in Ancient Coastal Oaxaca. In The Social Experience of Childhood in Ancient Mesoamerica, ed. Traci Ardren and Scott R. Hutson, 169-200. Boulder: University Press of Colorado.

2004    Lord 8 Deer “Jaguar Claw” and the Land of the Sky: The Archaeology and History of Tututepec. Latin American Antiquity 15/3:273-97. With Arthur A. Joyce, Andrew G Workinger, Byron Hamann, Peter Kroefges, and Maxine Oland.

2003    Social Practices and Social Organization in Ancient Coastal Oaxacan Households. Ph.D. dissertation, Department of Anthropology, University of California, Berkeley.