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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In April, the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) held its 81st annual conference in Orlando and the UCF Anthropology Department had the opportunity to be involved. Many UCF Anthropology faculty, ... Read more
The music of a mariachi band filled the Grand Ballroom of the UCF FAIRWINDS Alumni Center on Monday, April 11 as UCF faculty, staff, retirees, and friends bid farewell to Drs. Arlen and Diane Chase. A Latin... Read more
Anthropology expert, musician, and mentor, David Jones, Ph.D., passed away on Jan. 31, 2016. The retired anthropology professor and founding faculty member of the anthropology department, dedicated over 3... Read more
Story by UCF Nicholson School of Communication. January 28, 2016 Robert S. Littlefield, Ph.D. has accepted the offer of UCF College of Sciences’ Dean Michael Johnson to become Director of the Nicholson S... Read more