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Takeshi Inomata is an archaeologist who studies Maya civilization, social change, warfare, architecture, and ceramics. He has worked at the Maya sites of Aguateca and Ceibal, Guatemala, and in the Middle Usumacinta region, Tabasco, Mexico

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Courses
  • OHD
    Origins of Human Diversity

  • TCC
    Topics in Culture and Civilization

  • MCM
    Mesoamerican Civilizations: Maya

  • MA
    Mesoamerican Archaeology

Grants
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    Investigating the Origins of Social Complexity

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2020

    $297.1K
    Active
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    Origins of Maya Civilization in the Middle Usumacinta Region

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2020

    $125.0K
    Active
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    Origins of Mesoamerican Complex Society

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2018

    $158.8K
    Active
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    Wadsworth Dissertation Write-Up Fellowship

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2022

    $17.5K
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    Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award: Societal Collapse and Migration

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2019

    $25.2K
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    Tracing the Origins of Maya Civilization:Inter-Regional Investigations Along the Usumacinta River, Guatemala and Mexico

    Co-Investigator (COI)

    2018

    $359.8K
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    Doctoral Dissertation and Improvement Award: The Long Term Effect of Immigration on Political Organization

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2018

    $30.7K
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    Tracing the Origins of Maya Civilization:Inter-Regional Investigations along the Usumacinta River, Guatemala and Mexico

    Co-Investigator (COI)

    2017

    $173.4K
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    Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Award: An Investigation of Long Term Culture Contact and Accommodation

    Principal Investigator (PI)

    2017

    $25.2K
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    Ceibal, Guatemala Project

    Co-Investigator (COI)

    2015

    $267.1K
News
  • UArizona-Led Team Finds Nearly 500 Ancient Ceremonial Sites in Southern Mexico

    2021

  • Largest, Oldest Maya Monument Suggests Importance of Communal Work

    2020

  • Laser Technology Takes Maya Archaeologists to New Places

    2018

  • Archaeologists Uncover New Clues to Maya Collapse

    2017

  • Winter Solstice Reminds Us of Civilization That Revered the Sun

    2017

  • School of Anthropology Celebrates Centennial

    2015

  • Archaeologists Discover Maya 'Melting Pot'

    2015

  • Archaeologists Unearth New Information on Origins of Maya Civilization

    2013

  • Maya Leaders Dressed for Success

    2006

Publications (157)
Recent
  • Refined Chronology of Middle Preclassic Ceramics at Ceibal and in the Pasión River Region

    2023

  • Origins of Mesoamerican astronomy and calendar: Evidence from the Olmec and Maya regions

    2023

  • Radiocarbon dates of burials from Ceibal and other Pasión Maya sites, Guatemala, and the examination of freshwater reservoir effect through diet reconstruction

    2022

  • Ethics of DNA research on human remains: Five globally applicable guidelines

    2021

  • The spatial mobility of non-elite populations in Classic Maya society and its political implications

    2021

  • Tabasco Veracruz site database

    2021

  • Origins and spread of formal ceremonial complexes in the Olmec and Maya regions revealed by airborne lidar

    2021

  • Public Architecture in Ancient Mesoamerica

    2021

  • Machine learning applications for landscape management and conservation: Using digital elevation data to model locations of natural and cultural features

    2020

  • Aguada Fénix Main Plateau DEM bedrock most likely estimate

    2020

  • Monumental architecture at Aguada Fénix and the rise of Maya civilization

    2020

  • Olmecs and other western neighbors

    2020

  • Aguada Fénix Main Plateau DEM ground surface

    2020

  • Ritual Practice, Urbanism, and Sociopolitical Organization at Preclassic Ceibal, Guatemala

    2020

  • Refining Kaminaljuyu chronology: new radiocarbon dates, Bayesian analysis, and ceramics studies

    2020

  • Global Change, Mesoamerican wetland farming, and the Early Anthropocene

    2020

  • Artificial plateau construction during the Preclassic period at the Maya site of Ceibal, Guatemala

    2019

  • Proyecto Arqueológico Ceibal-Petexbatun: Informe de La Temporada de Laboratorio 2018

    2019

  • Ceremonial architecture and public events

    2019

  • Chronology Building in Southern Mesoamerica: Comment on Love

    2019

  • Dating Izapa Monuments: Comments on Rosenswig

    2019

  • Archaeological application of airborne LiDAR to examine social changes in the Ceibal region of the Maya lowlands

    2018

  • Late Holocene volcanic activity and environmental change in Highland Guatemala

    2018

  • King’s people: Classic Maya courtiers in a comparative perspective

    2018

  • Opening the royal Maya court

    2018

  • Earliest isotopic evidence in the Maya region for animal management and long-distance trade at the site of Ceibal, Guatemala

    2018

  • Informe del Proyecto Arqueológico Usumacinta Medio: La Temporada de 2018

    2018

  • Post-Classic Maya courts of the Guatemalan highlands: archaeological and ethnohistorical approaches

    2018

  • Entre rutinas cotidianas y eventos extraordinarios

    2017

  • High-precision radiocarbon dating of political collapse and dynastic origins at the Maya site of Ceibal, Guatemala

    2017

  • Early Maya E Groups, solar calendars, and the role of astronomy in the rise of lowland urbanism

    2017

  • Social transformations in a Middle Preclassic community: elite residential complexes at Ceibal

    2017

  • Political Collapse and Dynastic Origins in the Maya Lowlands: High-precision Radiocarbon Dating at Ceibal, Guatemala

    2017

  • Entre rutinas cotidianas y eventos extraordinarios: las construcciones de conceptos temporales en la sociedad maya prehispánica

    2017

  • Archaeological Application of Airborne LiDAR with Object-Based Vegetation Classification and Visualization Techniques at the Lowland Maya Site of Ceibal, Guatemala

    2017

  • Polished greenstone celt caches from Ceibal: The development of Maya public rituals

    2017

  • Mortuary rituals and cranial modifications at Ceibal: from the early Middle Preclassic to the Terminal Classic period

    2017

  • The Isthmian origins of the E Group and its adoption in the Maya lowlands

    2017

  • The emergence of standardized spatial plans in southern Mesoamerica: chronology and interregional interactions viewed from Ceibal, Guatemala

    2017

  • Multiple waves of political disintegration in the Classic Maya collapse: New insights from the excavation of Group D, Ceibal, Guatemala

    2017

  • Public ritual and interregional interactions: excavations of the Central Plaza of Group A, Ceibal

    2017

  • Early Maya ritual practices and craft production: Late Middle Preclassic ritual deposits containing obsidian artifacts at Ceibal, Guatemala

    2017

  • Time tested: re-thinking chronology and sculptural traditions in Preclassic southern Mesoamerica

    2016

  • Concepts of legitimacy and social dynamics: termination ritual and the last king of Aguateca, Guatemala

    2016

  • Theories of power and legitimacy in archaeological contexts: the emergent regime of power at the Formative Maya community of Ceibal, Guatemala

    2016

  • The Construction of Public and Domestic Spheres in the Preclassic Maya Lowlands

    2015

  • Middle Preclassic Caches from Ceibal, Guatemala

    2015

  • The Development of Sedentary Communities in the Maya Lowlands: Co-Existing Mobile Groups and Public Ceremonies at Ceibal, Guatemala

    2015

  • Los Primeros Centros de Petén: Ceibal

    2015

  • Development of sedentary communities in the Maya lowlands: Coexisting mobile groups and public ceremonies at Ceibal, Guatemala

    2015

  • Other Stone Ornaments and Other Stone Artifacts

    2014

  • Power and Social Relations in a Middle Preclassic Community: Elite Residential Complexes of Ceibal

    2014

  • Synthesis of Data from the Rapidly Abandoned Buildings

    2014

  • Aguateca Animal Remains

    2014

  • Chronological Revision of Preclassic Kaminaljuyú, Guatemala: Implications for Social Processes in the Southern Maya Area

    2014

  • Mesoamerican plazas: arenas of community and power

    2014

  • After 40 Years: Revisiting Ceibal to Investigate the Origins of Lowland Maya Civilization

    2014

  • 876 SWKT Provo, UT 84602–5522 Phone: 801–422–3822 john_clark@ byu. edu

    2014

  • Bone and shell artifacts

    2014

  • Mesoamerican Plazas: Practices, Meanings, and Memories

    2014

  • Fire intensity assessment through the analysis of artifacts and building materials: Burning and abandonment at the Classic Maya sites of Aguateca and Ceibal, Guatemala

    2014

  • Gathering in an open space: introduction to Mesoamerican plazas

    2014

  • Preclassic Warfare, Human Sacrifice, and Mortuary Practices: Burials of Ceibal

    2014

  • Worked Sherds and Other Ceramic Artifacts

    2014

  • PROYECTO ARQUEOLÓGICO CEIBAL-PETEXBATUN INFORME DE LA TEMPORADA DE CAMPO 2014

    2014

  • Plaza builders of the Preclassic Maya lowlands

    2014

  • Chronological revision of Preclassic Kaminaljuyú, Guatemala: implications for social processes in the Southern Maya Area

    2014

  • Life and politics at the royal court of Aguateca: Artifacts, Analytical Data, and Synthesis

    2014

  • Early ceremonial constructions at Ceibal, Guatemala, and the origins of lowland Maya civilization

    2013

  • Negotiation of Inalienability and Meanings at the Classic Maya Center of Aguateca, Guatemala

    2013

  • La vida en la corte maya

    2011

  • Informe del Proyecto Arqueológico Ceibal-Petexbatun: La Temporada de Campo 2011

    2011

  • Temples in the Forest: The Discovery of an Early Maya Community at Caobal, PetĂ©n, Guatemala

    2011

  • Desarrollo de las comunidades Preclásicas e interacciones entre las Tierras Bajas y el área Olmeca.

    2010

  • La transformación y continuidad de ritos durante el período Preclásico en Ceibal, Guatemala

    2010

  • Burned Palaces and Elite Residences of Aguateca: Excavations and Ceramics

    2010

  • Desarrollo de las comunidades preclásicas e interacciones entre las tierras bajas y el área olmeca

    2009

  • Cambios sociales durante los períodos Preclásico y Clásico en Ceibal: Los resultados del Proyecto Arqueológico Ceibal-Petexbatun

    2009

  • Espacios teatrales y la polĂ­tica de comunidades en el centro clásico maya de Aguateca, Guatemala

    2009

  • La política de lugares y comunidades en la antigua sociedad Maya de Petexbatun: Las investigaciones del Proyecto Arqueológico Aguateca Segunda Fase

    2009

  • El asentamiento Preclásico del sitio arqueológico Dos Ceibas en la región del Petexbatún, Guatemala

    2009

  • Culture and Practice of War in Maya Society

    2009

  • The classic maya

    2009

  • Settlements and Fortifications of Aguateca: Archaeological Maps of a Petexbatun Center

    2008

  • Women in Classic Maya Royal Courts

    2008

  • Evaluating the use of IKONOS satellite imagery in lowland Maya settlement archaeology.

    2008

  • Classic Maya elite competition, collaboration, and performance in multicraft production

    2007

  • On “rethinking” craft specialization: responses by the authors

    2007

  • CAMBIOS SOCIALES DURANTE EL PRECLÁSICO Y CLÁSICO TERMINAL EN LA REGIÓN DEL PASIÓN

    2007

  • Revisitando Ceibal: Cambios sociales durante el Preclásico y Clásico Terminal en la regiĂłn del PasiĂłn

    2007

  • Warfare and the Fall of a Fortified Center: Archaeological Investigations at Aguateca

    2007

  • Knowledge and belief in artistic production by Classic Maya elites

    2007

  • Archaeology of performance: theaters of power, community, and politics

    2006

  • La política de fundación de una nueva capital dinástica en Aguateca, Guatemala

    2006

  • Plazas, performers, and spectators: political theaters of the Classic Maya

    2006

  • Overture: An Invitation to the Archaeological Theater

    2006

  • Behind the Scenes: Producing the Performance

    2006

  • Revisitando Ceibal: Cambios sociales durante el Preclásico y Clásico Terminal en la región del Pasión

    2006

  • Informe del proyecto arqueológico Ceibal Petexbatun, la temporada de campo 2006

    2006

  • Maya Dwellings in Hieroglyphs and Archaeology: An Integrative Approach to Ancient Architecture and Spatial Cognition

    2006

  • Informe del proyecto arqueológico Aguateca, la temporada de campo 2005

    2005

  • PROYECTO DE EXCAVACIÓN Y RESTAURACIÓN AGUATECA

    2005

  • An unfinished temple at the Classic Maya centre of Aguateca, Guatemala

    2004

  • Results of the 2002-2004 field seasons, Agueteca excavation and restoration project, Petén, second phase, PRAS

    2004

  • What did they do and where? Activity areas and residue analysis in Maya archaeology

    2004

  • Identifying subroyal elite palaces at Copán and Aguateca

    2004

  • The story in the floors: chemical signatures of ancient and modern Maya activities at Aguateca, Guatemala

    2004

  • Informe del Proyecto Arqueológico Aguateca Segunda Fase: La Temporada de Campo de 2004

    2004

  • DANIELA TRIADAN

    2004

  • Volcanic activity and abandonment processes: Cerén and the Zapotitlan Valley of El Salvador

    2003

  • The tale end of two cities: Tikal, Yaxuna, and abandonment contexts in the lowland Maya archaeological record

    2003

  • Collapse and abandonment in Middle America

    2003

  • Archaeological studies of abandonment in Middle America

    2003

  • Abandonment studies in Middle America

    2003

  • Social status and differential processes of abandonment at the Classic Maya Center of Dos Pilas, Peten, Guatemala

    2003

  • The archaeology of settlement abandonment in Middle America

    2003

  • From episodic to permanent abandonment: Responses to volcanic hazards at Tetimpa, Puebla, Mexico

    2003

  • Aguateca Under enemy attack, a Maya king and his courtiers fled their city, leaving astonishing pieces of their lives behind

    2003

  • The politics of ritual: The emergence of Classic Maya rulers

    2003

  • Chapter Six. Where Did Elites Live? Identifying Elite Residences at Aguateca, Guatemala

    2003

  • A Consideration of Abandonment from Beyond Middle America

    2003

  • El espectáculo de la muerte en las Tierras Bajas mayas

    2003

  • Where Did Elites Live

    2003

  • War, destruction, and abandonment: The fall of the Classic Maya center of Aguateca, Guatemala

    2003

  • The abandonment of Teotihuacan

    2003

  • Abandonment and nonabandonment at Baking Pot, Belize

    2003

  • A place of continued importance: The abandonment of Epiclassic La Quemada

    2003

  • In the Realm of Nachan Kan: Postclassic Maya Archaeology at Laguna de On, Belize

    2002

  • Arqueología y Derechos Indígenas: El caso de Aguateca, Petén

    2002

  • Domestic and political lives of Classic Maya elites: The excavation of rapidly abandoned structures at Aguateca, Guatemala

    2002

  • An ethnoarchaeological study of chemical residues in the floors and soils of Q'eqchi'Maya houses at Las Pozas, Guatemala

    2002

  • Royal Courts of the Ancient May, Volume 1: Theory, Comparison, and Synthesis

    2001

  • Royal Courts of the Ancient Maya, Vol. 2: Data and Case Studies

    2001

  • The classic Maya palace as a political theater

    2001

  • Royal courts of the ancient Maya

    2001

  • In the Palace of the Fallen King: The Royal Residential Complex at the Classic Maya Center of Aguateca, Guatemala

    2001

  • Cover: Maya Royal Headband (sak hunal) from Aguateca

    2001

  • The Power and Ideology of Artistic Creation: Elite Craft Specialists in Classic Maya Society

    2001

  • Mesoamerican households viewed from rapidly abandoned sites: An introduction

    2000

  • Craft production by Classic Maya elites in domestic settings: Data from rapidly abandoned structures at Aguateca, Guatemala

    2000

  • El estudio de grupos domésticos Mayas a través del análisis químico del suelo

    1999

  • Residencias de la Familia Real y de la Elite en Aguateca, Guatemala

    1998

  • AGUATECA: EVIDENCIAS DE UN ABANDONO REPENTINO EN EL CLÁSICO TARDÍO

    1998

  • Floor assemblages from burned structures at Aguateca, Guatemala: A study of Classic Maya households

    1998

  • Proyecto arqueológico Aguateca: la temporada de 1996

    1997

  • Classic Maya defensive systems and warfare in the Petexbatun region: Archaeological evidence and interpretations

    1997

  • Archaeological evidence and interpretations

    1997

  • The last day of a fortified Classic Maya center: Archaeological investigations at Aguateca, Guatemala

    1997

  • Central-place analyses in the La Entrada region, Honduras: Implications for understanding the Classic Maya political and economic systems

    1996

  • histories reconstructed through these achieve

    1996

  • Archaeological investigations at the fortified center of Aguateca, El Petén, Guatemala: implications for the study of the Classic Maya collapse

    1995

  • Investigaciones arqueológicas en Aguateca: la temporada de 1993

    1994

  • Investigaciones arqueológicas en Aguateca, departamento de Petén

    1992

  • A Spatial Analysis of Late Classic Maya Society: A Case Study of La Entrada, Honduras

    1987

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