PhD in Archaeology 2005



Ben Thomas is the Director of Programs for the Archaeological Institute of America and an Associate Professor in Liberal Arts at Berklee College of Music. He was introduced to archaeology and anthropology at Brandeis University (B.A.) and received his graduate degrees in archaeology from Boston University (M.A. and Ph.D.) after several years of fieldwork in the jungles and swamps of Belize and Guatemala. Ben’s specialty is Maya archaeology with specific interests in Ancient Maya settlements and architecture. He has travelled extensively throughout Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. As the Director of Programs for the AIA, Ben is responsible for the Institute’s membership, 110 local societies, all outreach and education activities including International Archaeology Day, the national lecture program, the site preservation program, and all grants, fellowships, and awards. At Berklee, where he has been teaching for over 10 years, he introduces students to Mesoamerican art and archaeology and some of the great archaeological discoveries that have been made in the last 300 years.