Dr. Arlen F. Chase is an Associate Dean for the College of Sciences and a Pegasus Professor, specializing in anthropological archaeology. His primary focus of research is on the ancient Maya of Central America. He received his B.A. in 1975 and his Ph.D. in 1983 in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania (A Contextual Consideration of the Tayasal-Paxcaman Zone, El Peten, Guatemala). His research interests focus on archaeological method and theory in the Maya area with particular emphasis on contextual, settlement, and ceramic analysis and secondary interests on urbanism, ethnicity, and epigraphic interpretation. He has been at UCF since 1984 and teaches: Archaeology and the Rise of Human Culture, Mesoamerican Archaeology, Archaeological Method and Theory, The Ancient Maya, Maya Hieroglyphic Writing, and field courses in Belize. For the last three decades, he has co-directed excavations at Caracol, Belize; before that he worked on a seven year project at Santa Rita Corozal in the same country. He has authored 150 publications as well as The Lowland Maya Postclassic (1985; edited with P.M. Rice), Investigations at the Classic Maya City of Caracol Belize: 1985-1987 (1987; with D.Z. Chase), A Postclassic Perspective: Excavations at the Maya Site of Santa Rita Corozal, Belize (1988; with D.Z. Chase), Mesoamerican Elites: An Archaeological Assessment (1992; with D.Z. Chase), Studies in the Archaeology of Caracol, Belize (1994; edited with D.Z. Chase), and The Resilience and Vulnerability of Ancient Landscapes: Transforming Maya Archaeology through IHOPE (2014; edited with V.L. Scarborough). He is currently working on a book, being co-authored with D.Z. Chase, called Maya Archaeology: Reconstructing an Ancient Civilization. With D.Z. Chase, he also serves as the Maya Studies Series Editor for the University Press of Florida.
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Arlen Chase, Ph.D., has been appointed as the acting director for the Nicholson School of Communication. Chase, an associate dean in the College of Sciences and a Pegasus Professor in the anthropology depa... Read more
Drs. Arlen Chase, Jana Jasinski and Laurence VonKalm were recently honored by the College of Sciences for their hard work as the anthropology, sociology, and biology chairs, respectively. A small celebration... Read more
Dean Michael Johnson is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Arlen Chase as Associate Dean in the College of Sciences. Dr. Arlen Chase is currently a Professor of Anthropology, specializing in anthro... Read more
Drs. Arlen and Diane Chase were recently featured in “The Verge” for their work using Lidar, also known as laser, imaging, detection and ranging. It works by illuminating a target zone with lasers affi... Read more