Mary Clarke

Ph.D. Candidate

  • Title Ph.D. Candidate
  • Office STO 354A
  • Education B.F.A., Art History, Savannah College of Art and Design

Personal Websites

http://www.maryclarkearchaeology.com
https://bu.academia.edu/MaryClarke
https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Mary_Clarke2

Areas of Interest

Mesoamerican Archaeology, the Ancient Maya, Digital Archaeology, Digital Humanities, Virtual Reality

Research Interests & Fieldwork

My research focuses on the political and social structures of Mesoamerica, with a particular concentration on the diachronic evolution of Ancient Maya society. At the site of Xultun in Guatemala where I am conducting my dissertation research, I’m focusing on an architectural complex that includes an ancestral shrine, a sweat bath, and numerous plazas that had been used for public performances of religious ritual and ancestral veneration. My goal is to understand the changes in the local uses of this complex within the frame of regional ecological and political development, to provide a more dynamic and less singular view of both architectural re-use and social memory. Additionally, I am working on the logistics of building an open access virtual world in partnership with the Göettingen Centre for the Digital Humanities that can archive, publish, and reconstruct the data and interpretations visually.

Conference Presentations

Mary Clarke
The Digital Dilemma: Preservation and the Digital Archaeological Record
planned 2015  Presented at the 20th Annual European Maya Conference, themed the Maya in a Digital Age, Bonn, Germany

Mary Clarke and Gabriella Luna
Interpretación de ‘Los Sapos’: la Función y Significa detrás del Baño de Vapor en el Sitio Xultun
2015  Presented at the XXIX Simposio de Investigaciones Arequeológicas en Guatemala, Guatemala City, Guatemala

Mary Clarke and Gabriella Luna
Performance at Los Sapos: Evaluating the Use of an Early Classic Period Sweatbath
2015  Presented at the Conference for the Society of American Archaeology, San Francisco, California

Thomas Garrison, Mary Clarke, Stephen Houston, Katie Simon, and Vance Green
“We May Have to Call Someone”: 3D Technologies in the Context of Lowland Maya Field Archaeology
2014  Presented at the Conference for the Society of American Archaeology, Austin, Texas

Mary Clarke
Xultún: Recent Investigations at a Classic Maya Metropolis
2013  Presented at the South-Central Conference on Mesoamerica, Houston, Texas

Mary Clarke
Iconographic Analysis of a Potential Sweat Bath at Xultún
2013  Presented at the Conference for the Society of American Archaeology, Honolulu, Hawaii

Mary Clarke
Gendered Performance, Gendered Identity: Mexica–Aztec Ritual at the Templo Mayor
2011  Presented at the Savannah College of Art and Design Larry Forest Writing Competition, Savannah, Georgia

Select Publications

Mary Clarke
In Press  The Digital Dilemma: Preservation and the Digital Archaeological Record, Advances in Archaeological Practice 3(4).

Mary Clarke, Gabriela Luna, and Megan Carden
2014  Excavaciones en el Baño de Vapor “Los Sapos”, Operación XUL 12F5, In Proyecto Arqueologico Regional San Bartolo-Xultun: Informe de Resultados de Investigaciones Temporada de Campo No. 12, Año 2014, edited by Patricia Rivera Castillo and William Saturno, pp. 175–210. Report to the Instituto de Antropologia e Historia de Guatemala, Guatemala City.

Jennifer Wildt, Mary Clarke, Emily Bushold, and Martin Rangel
2012  Investigaciones en el Grupo 12F1, In Proyecto Arqueologico Regional San Bartolo-Xultun: Informe de Resultados de Investigaciones Temporada de Campo No. 11, Año 2012, edited by Patricia Rivera Castillo and William Saturno, pp. 243–280. Report to the Instituto de Antropologia e Historia de Guatemala, Guatemala City.

Courses Taught

TEACHING FELLOW, Boston University
AR 251: Maya Archaeology, Professor: William Saturno
2015  Boston, MA., Fall
AR 101: Introduction to Archaeology, Professor: Robert Murowcheck
2015  Boston, MA., Spring
AR 101: Introduction to Archaeology, Professor: David Carballo
2015  Boston, MA., Fall

TEACHING ASSISTANT, Boston University Study Abroad
AR 503: Archaeology Field Methods, Professor: William Saturno
AR 551: Mesoamerican Archaeology, Professor: William Saturno
AR 557: Archaeology Field Experience, Professor: William Saturno
2014  Antigua and Petén, Guatemala, Spring

FIELD/LAB TEACHING ASSISTANT, University of Southern California
Field Experience, Professor: Thomas Garrison
2014  Antigua and Petén, Guatemala, Summer
2013  Antigua and Petén, Guatemala, Summer

Grants and Awards

Göettingen Centre for the Digital Humanities Spring School Fellow
2015  Göettingen University, Göettingen, Germany

Travel Grant
2015  Boston University

Chad DiGregorio Memorial Grant
2015  Boston University

Department of Archaeology Teaching Fellow
2014 – 2018  Boston University

National Geographic Society Expeditions Council Grant #EC0655-13 (2/14–2/14):
Unearthing Xultun’s Dynastic Origins
2014  Graduate Student: Mary Clarke, $28,500, PI: William A. Saturno, Boston University

Travel Grant
2013  Boston University

Travel Grant
2013  South Central Mesoamerican Conference

Deans Fellow
2013 – 2014  Boston University

Distinction in College of Art History
2013  Department of Art History, Savannah College of Art and Design

Travel Grant
2013  Savannah College of Art and Design

Larry W. Forest Grant
2011 – 2012  Savannah College of Art and Design

Earle W. Newton Hogarth Scholarship
2011 – 2012  Art History Department, Savannah College of Art and Design

Bob Welker Scholarship
2011  Maya Research Program

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