My Major Research Question: How did relationships between leaders and non-ruling groups affect the organization of premodern polities?
Professor Lisa LeCount (Ph.D.1996 UCLA) is a Latin American archaeologist whose interests center on social and political practices, such as feasting, gifting giving, market exchange and cooperative undertakings that built alliances and created identities in ancient state-level polities. Currently, she is director of the Actuncan Archaeological Project that investigates the roles households played in the rise and fall of Maya kingship at Actuncan, Belize. In addition to her work in Belize, she has conducted field investigations in Peru, Ecuador and various locations in North America including New Mexico, Arizona, Texas, and California. Her technical specialty is Pre-Columbian pottery.