Norman Hammond

Professor Emeritus of Archaeology

  • Title Professor Emeritus of Archaeology
  • Phone (United Kingdom) +44 1223 262376
  • Education Ph.D., Cambridge University, 1972
    Sc.D., Cambridge University, 1987
    D.Sc. honoris causa, Bradford University, 1999

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Interest

Pre-Columbian archaeology, especially Mesoamerica; comparative archaeology; history of archaeology; archaeology & the public

Excavations and Fieldwork

Since 1968 he has worked in the Maya lowlands, with interdisciplinary projects at Lubaantun (1970-71), Nohmul (1973-86), Cuello (1975-2002) and most recently La Milpa (1992-2002), a large Late Classic period (AD 250-900) city in northwestern Belize, where publication is ongoing. Professor Hammond has also published fieldwork on Afghanistan, North Africa and South America, and recently on aspects of British Colonial funerary monuments.

Publications

The Archaeology of Afghanistan, co-editor with F. R. Allchin, Academic Press, London & New York 1978. Revised second edition, co-editor with F. R. Allchin and W. N. Ball, forthcoming Edinburgh University Press 2019.

Cuello: An Early Maya Community in Belize. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge and New York (1991, reissued in paperback 2009).

Inside the Black Box: Reconstructing Maya Polity. In Classic Maya Political History: Hieroglyphic and Archaeological Evidence, ed. T.P.Culbert, pp. 253-284 Cambridge University Press (1991).

Ancient Maya Civilization. Cambridge University Press and Rutgers University Press. (1982, Fifth edition 1994).

Nohmul: a Prehistoric Maya Community in Belize, Excavations 1973-1983 (2 vols, 1985).

Lubaantun: A Classic Maya Realm. Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Monograph 2. Cambridge, MA (1975).

Recent Speaking Engagements

Musée du Quai Branly, Paris, France, 2018

Max-Planck Institute, Department of Archaeogenomics, Jena, Germany, 2018

Jagiellonian University, Cracow, Poland, 2018

Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, 2018

William College, Williamstown, MA, 2018

University of Cambridge, England, 2018

Visiting Professor-elect, University of Otago, New Zealand, 2016

Keynote Lecture, “Lords of the Jungle: Maya Kings and their Courts”.
Liverpool World Museum, England, Symposium “Earth, Sky and Sea: Two Thousand Years on the Maya Trail”, July 3rd 2015.

Keynote lecture, “Mortality and Immortality: Maya Mortuary Practice”, Fourth Cracow Maya Conference, Cracow, Poland, 2015

Andrezj Wiercinskij Lecturer, University of Warsaw, Poland, 2014

De Carle Distinguished Professor, University of Otago, New Zealand, 2013

Recent Scholarship

“The colours of corn” John White’s Florida watercolours”. Antiquity 89, 8/15

Dr. George Stuart 1935-2014. SAA Archaeological Record 15 (1): 43-44, January 2015

“Three New Stelae at La Milpa, Belize?” Mexicon Vol. XXXVI No.3, June 2014: 88-93 (Norman Hammond, Eric Heller, Brett A. Houk, and Gair Tourtellot, III).

“Alfred Maudslay” in The Great Archaeologists, ed. Brian M. Fagan, Thames & Hudson 2014: 78-82.

Review of Andrew Robinson, “Cracking the Egyptian code: The Revolutionary Life of Jean-François Champollion”, European Journal of Archaeology 17 (1): 176-179 (2014)

“Tikal Reports: the series continues”. Review-article of W.A.Haviland, Excavations in residential areas of Tikal: non-elite groups without shrines. Tikal Reports 20A+B. Antiquity 89: 743-745.

Review of S.Tarlow and L. Nilsson Stutz (eds) “The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Death and Burial”. Church Monuments 29: 191-2

Book chapters

2016 Maya States: The Theoretical Background In Historical Overview” in The Origin of Maya States, ed. Robert J. Sharer and Loa P. Traxler: 33-57. University of Pennsylvania Press 2016 (with Astrid Runggaldier).

2015 The Big Sleep: Early Maya Mortuary Practice”, in Death Rituals, Social Order and the Archaeology of Immortality in the Ancient World: “Death shall have no dominion”, ed. Colin Renfrew, Michael J. Boyd, and Iain Morley: 237-254. Cambridge & New York: Cambridge University Press.

Journal Articles

2017  “Boxing Day: a Maya polychrome pot from southern Belize”. Antiquity 91 355 e6: 1-7. doi:10.15184/aqy.2016.223.

2016 “An Ulua marble vase from Moho Cay, Belize”, Mexicon XXXVIII: 3-5 (with Christina Luke).

2015 Dr. George Stuart 1935-2014. SAA Archaeological Record 15 (1): 43-44,

2015 “The colours of corn” John White’s Florida watercolours”. Antiquity 89.

2015  J.S.Curl and S.Wilson, “The Oxford Dictionary of Architecture”. Church Monuments 30: 228-229

2015 “A Hapsburg ducal chronogram on a lost monument”, The Coat of Arms Vol. XI No 2 (Third Series), No. 230: 139-142.

2014  “Three New Stelae at La Milpa, Belize?” Mexicon Vol. XXXVI No.3, June 2014: 88-93 (Norman Hammond, Eric Heller, Brett A. Houk, and Gair Tourtellot, III).

 Reviews

2018  S.Hutson (ed.)  “Ancient Maya Commerce: Interdisciplinary Research at Chunchucmil”. Antiquity 92: 548-549.

2017  G. Iannone, B.A.Houk and S.J.Schwake (eds.) “Ritual, Violence, and the Fall of the Classic Maya Kings”. American Anthropologist 119: 769-770.

2017  “Digging up the past”. Review of Renfrew & Bahn (eds) The Cambridge World Prehistory (3 vols). Times Literary Supplement #5941: 9.

2017  J.Goodall, “Parish Church Treasures: the Nation’s Greatest Art Collection”. Church Monuments 31: 223-227 (with J.L.Wilson).

2016 G.L.Cowgill, “Ancient Teotihuacan: Early Urbanism in Central Mexico. Antiquity 90: 828-830.

2015 Maya: revelation and re-evaluation”. Review-article of eight books on the Maya. Antiquity 89: 1503-1510.

2015 Review of S.Tarlow and L. Nilsson Stutz (eds) “The Oxford Handbook of the Archaeology of Death and Burial”. Church Monuments 29: 191-2

 2015 “Tikal Reports: the series continues”. Review-article of W.A.Haviland, Excavations in residential areas of Tikal: non-elite groups without shrines. Tikal Reports 20A+B. Antiquity 89: 743-745.

2014 Review of Andrew Robinson, “Cracking the Egyptian code: The Revolutionary Life of Jean-François Champollion”, European Journal of Archaeology 17 (1): 176-179

Member, Editorial Advisory Boards

Ancient Mesoamerica
Afghanistan
Advisor on Archaeology to The Times of London

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