Dr. Andrew R. Wyatt

Assistant Professor

Dr. Andrew R. Wyatt
615-904-8487
Room 109B, Peck Hall (PH)
MTSU Box 10, Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Office Hours

Monday-Friday 10 am - 12 noon

Degree Information

  • Ph.D., University of Illinois, Chicago (2008)
  • M.A., University of Illinois, Chicago (1999)
  • B.A., Antioch College, OH (1989)

Areas of Expertise

The Maya

The Amazon

Ancient Agriculture and Plant Use

Gardens and Households

Archaeobotany

Publications

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Robin, Cynthia, Andrew R. Wyatt, James Meierhoff, and Caleb Kestle
2015 Political Interaction: A View from the 2000 Year History of the Farming Community of Chan. In Maya Politics of the Southern Lowlands: Integration, Interaction, Dissolution. Damien B. Marken and James L. Fitzsimmons, eds.


Wyatt, Andrew
2015 Agricultural/Horticultural Sites. In The Archaeology of Food: ...

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Peer-Reviewed Publications

Robin, Cynthia, Andrew R. Wyatt, James Meierhoff, and Caleb Kestle
2015 Political Interaction: A View from the 2000 Year History of the Farming Community of Chan. In Maya Politics of the Southern Lowlands: Integration, Interaction, Dissolution. Damien B. Marken and James L. Fitzsimmons, eds.


Wyatt, Andrew
2015 Agricultural/Horticultural Sites. In The Archaeology of Food: An Encyclopedia. Karen Bescherer Metheny and Mary C. Beaudry, Eds. AltaMira Press/Rowman & Littlefield.


Wyatt, Andrew
2014 The Scale and Organization of Ancient Maya Water Management. Water 1:449-467.


Tomasic, John, Edwin J. Miller, Mark Volmut, and Andrew R. Wyatt
2012 The Eastep Site (14MY388): A Late Archaic/Woodland Period Site in Southeast Kansas. The Kansas Anthropologist 33:103-158.


Wyatt, Andrew, David Jarzen, and Kitty Emery
2012 Paleoecological Investigations at Motul de San Jose. In Politics, History, and Economy
at the Classic Maya Center Motul de San Jose, Guatemala. Antonia E. Foias and Kitty F. Emery, ed. University Press of Florida.


Wyatt, Andrew
2012 Agricultural Practices at the Chan Site: Farming and Political Economy in an Ancient Maya Community. In Chan: An Ancient Maya Farming Community in Belize. Cynthia Robin, ed. University of Arizona Press.


Robin, Cynthia, Andrew Wyatt, Laura Kosakowsky, Santiago Juarez, Ethan Kalosky, and Elise Docster
2012 A Changing Cultural Landscape: Settlement Survey and GIS at Chan. In Chan: An Ancient Maya Farming Community in Belize. Cynthia Robin, ed. University of Arizona Press.


Wyatt, Andrew
2008 Pine as an Element of Household Refuse in the Fertilization of Ancient Maya Agricultural Fields. Journal of Ethnobiology 28(2): 244-258.


Monaghan, John and Andrew Wyatt
2008 Mesoamerica. In A Companion to Latin American History. Thomas Holloway, ed. Pp. 30-45. Blackwell Publishing, Boston.


Wyatt, Andrew
2002 Mexico and Central America, Pre-Columbian. In The Encyclopedia of Food and Culture. William Woys Weaver, Ed. Pp. 497-502. Charles Scribner’s Sons, New York.


Lentz, David L., Mary E.D. Pohl, Kevin O. Pope and Andrew Wyatt
2001 Prehistoric Sunflower (Helianthus annuus L.) Domestication in Mexico. Economic Botany Vol. 55 No.3, July-September 2001.

 

Reports

Wyatt, Andrew and Haley Hanson
2016 Archaeobotanical Analysis of Plant Remains from Chachaklu’um, Guatemala. Report on File with the Instituto de Anthropología y Historia, Guatemala City, Guatemala.


Wyatt, Andrew and Tara Imoto
2014 Archaeobotanical Analysis of Plant Remains from K’ante’tuul, Guatemala. Report on File with the Instituto de Anthropología y Historia, Guatemala City, Guatemala.


Wyatt, Andrew, Rebecca Friedel, and Whitney Cleaver
2011 Archaeobotanical Analysis of Plant Remains from the Eastep Streambank Stabilization Project, Montgomery County, Kansas.


Wyatt, Andrew and Kathryn Brayton
2010 Archaeobotanical Analysis of Plant Remains from Chiquiuitan, Guatemala.


Wyatt, Andrew
2005 2005 Agricultural Terrace Investigations at Chan. In Chan Project: 2005 Season. Report on File with Belize Institute of Archaeology.


Wyatt, Andrew
2004 Excavations in Operation 4. In Chan Project: 2004 Season. Report on file with Belize Institute of Archaeology.


Wyatt, Andrew and Ethan Kalosky
2003 Chan Settlement Survey. In Chan Project 2003 Season. Report on file with Belize Institute of Archaeology.


Wyatt, Andrew
2002 “Sondeos en Chultunes en Motul de San Jose.” In Proyecto Motul de San Jose Informe # 4: Temporada de Campo 2001. Antonia Foias, editor. Williams University.


Halperin, Christina, Andrew Wyatt, Camilo Luin, Erin McCracken, and Tirso Morales
2002 “Programa de Excavaciones de Sondeo.” In Proyecto Motul de San Jose Informe # 4: Temporada de Campo 2001. Antonia Foias, editor. Williams University.


Moriarty, Matthew and Andrew Wyatt
2002 “Reconocimiento Preliminar de Algunos Sitios Menoresen la Zona de Motul de San Jose.” In Proyecto Motul de San Jose Informe # 4: Temporada de Campo 2001. Antonia Foias, editor. Williams University.

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Presentations

Conference Presentations


2016 Gardens of the Maya. Society for American Archaeology 81st Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida.


2015 “Me Gusta”: Lacandon Homegardens in Lake Mensabak, Chiapas, Mexico. Society of Ethnobiology Annual Meeting 2015. University of California Santa Barbara, California.


2014 “Me Gusta”: Lacandon Homegardens in Lake Mensabak, Chiapas, Mexico. Midwest Conference on Mesoamerican Archaeology a...

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Conference Presentations


2016 Gardens of the Maya. Society for American Archaeology 81st Annual Meeting, Orlando, Florida.


2015 “Me Gusta”: Lacandon Homegardens in Lake Mensabak, Chiapas, Mexico. Society of Ethnobiology Annual Meeting 2015. University of California Santa Barbara, California.


2014 “Me Gusta”: Lacandon Homegardens in Lake Mensabak, Chiapas, Mexico. Midwest Conference on Mesoamerican Archaeology and Ethnohistory 2014. Northern Illinois University, DeKalb, Michigan.


2013 Our Dead Are Never Dead to Us: Southern Maya Lowland Chultunes as Burial Chambers (with Joan Crenshaw). Society for American Archaeology 78th Annual Meeting, Honolulu, Hawaii. (Session Chair)


2012 Ancient Maya Resource Management: Water, Households, and Community at Chan, Belize. Society for American Archaeology 77rd Annual Meeting. Memphis, Tennessee.


2011 Every Earth is Fit for Burial: Southern Maya Lowland Chultunes as Burial Chambers. Midwest Conference on Mesoamerican Archaeology and Ethnohistory 2011. Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan.


2009 Ancient Maya Agricultural Practices: Paleoethnobotanical Studies on Agricultural Terraces at Chan, Belize. 53rd International Congress of Americanists. Mexico City, Mexico.


2009 Local Water Management and Social Organization at Chan, Belize. Society for American Archaeology 74rd Annual Meeting. Atlanta, Georgia.


2009 Examining Late Preclassic and Classic Period Power and Wealth: Research at K’o, Peten, Guatemala (with John Tomasic). Society for American Archaeology 74rd Annual Meeting. Atlanta, Georgia.


2008 Where does the Power Flow? Local Water Management Practices among the Ancient Maya at Chan, Belize. American Anthropological Association 107th Annual Meeting. San Francisco, California.


2008 Agricultural Practices at the Chan Site: Farming and Political Economy in an Ancient Maya Community. Society for American Archaeology 73rd Annual Meeting. Vancouver, British Columbia.

 
2007 The Good Earth: The Organization of Agricultural Production at Chan, Belize. 40th Annual Chacmool Archaeology Conference. University of Calgary, Calgary, Alberta, Canada.


2007 Ancient Maya Terrace Agriculture at Chan, Belize. Midwest Conference on Mesoamerican Archaeology and Ethnohistory 2007. Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois.


2006 The Paleoethnobotany of Intensive Agriculture: Agricultural Terraces at Chan, Belize. Society for American Archaeology 71st Annual Meetings. San Juan, Puerto Rico.


2006 Terracing and Sustainable Agriculture in the Belize River Valley: New Data on the Ancient Maya from Chan, Belize. 52nd International Congress of Americanists. Seville, Spain.


2005 Investigations on Agricultural Terraces at the Chan Site. 3rd Annual Belize Archaeology Symposium. San Ignacio, Belize.


2005 Excavations on Agricultural Terraces at Chan, Belize. Midwest Conference on Mesoamerican Archaeology and Ethnohistory 2005. University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.


2004 Paleoethnobotany in the Upper Belize Valley (with Christopher Morehart and David Lentz). Society for American Archaeology 69th Annual Meetings. Montreal, Canada.


2004 Plant Remains at the Olmec site of La Venta (with David Lentz). Society for American Archaeology 69th Annual Meetings. Montreal, Canada.


2004 Agriculture in an Ancient Maya Farming Village: Recent and Future Research at Chan, Belize. Midwest Conference on Mesoamerican Archaeology and Ethnohistory 2004. Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Invited Lectures


2016 Ancient Maya Rural Economy: Agriculture and Food Production in the Central American Rainforest. Seoul National University, Seoul, South Korea.


2016 Archaeobotanical Investigations: Plant Use and Human Culture from a Mesoamerican Perspective. Middle Cumberland Archaeological Society, Nashville, TN.


2016 Mythbusting the Maya: 50 Centuries (and 20 Years) in the Petén. Rutherford County Archaeological Society, Murfreesboro, TN.


2003 Agriculture in the Maya Lowlands: The View from Motul de San Jose, Guatemala. South Suburban Archaeological Society. Homewood, Illinois.


2003 Archaeology and Agriculture at the Classic Maya Site of Motul de San Jose. Indiana University Northwest, Gary, Indiana.


2002 Paleoethnobotany and Cuisine of the Ancient Maya. Burpee Museum of Natural History, Rockford, Illinois.


2000 Paleoethnobotanical Research in the Maya Region: Past and Future. University of Illinois at Chicago Anthropology Society, Chicago, Illinois.


2001 Paleoethnobotanical Investigations at Motul de San Jose. Chicago Maya Society, Chicago, Illinois.

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Awards

2014 Faculty Research and Creative Activity: “A Study of Lacandon Maya Houselot Gardens at Lake Mensabak, Chiapas, Mexico” – Middle Tennessee State University ($3000)


2013 Access and Diversity Grant: “A Study of Lacandon Maya Houselot Gardens at Lake Mensabak, Chiapas, Mexico” – Middle Tennessee State University ($5000)


2009 Outstanding Dissertation Award-University of Illinois at Chicago
2007 Dean’s Scholar Award-Univ...

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2014 Faculty Research and Creative Activity: “A Study of Lacandon Maya Houselot Gardens at Lake Mensabak, Chiapas, Mexico” – Middle Tennessee State University ($3000)


2013 Access and Diversity Grant: “A Study of Lacandon Maya Houselot Gardens at Lake Mensabak, Chiapas, Mexico” – Middle Tennessee State University ($5000)


2009 Outstanding Dissertation Award-University of Illinois at Chicago
2007 Dean’s Scholar Award-University of Illinois Chicago ($18,000)


2005 National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant: “Ancient Maya Agricultural Terraces at Chan, Belize” ($11,916)


2004 Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc.: “Archeological Investigations at Chan, Belize: Terrace Agriculture and Political Economy at a Classic Maya Farming Village” ($8500)


2001 Provost Award for Graduate Research-University of Illinois Chicago: “Reconstructing Agriculture and Subsistence: Paleoethnobotany of the Classic Maya at the Ruins of Motul de San Jose, Guatemala” ($3000)


2000 Sigma Xi Grant in aid of Research: “Genetic Identification of Ancient Plants and Classic Maya Agriculture in Guatemala” ($500)

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Research/Scholarly Activity

Field Research


2016 Gurupá Archaeology Project/MTSU Archaeological Field School, Amazon, Brazil
Set-up flotation system for the recovery of archaeobotanical remains and processed soil samples.


2015 Gurupá Archaeology Project, Amazon, Brazil
Set-up flotation system for the recovery of archaeobotanical remains and processed soil samples.


2014 Motul de San Jose Archaeology Project
Set-up flotation system for ...

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Field Research


2016 Gurupá Archaeology Project/MTSU Archaeological Field School, Amazon, Brazil
Set-up flotation system for the recovery of archaeobotanical remains and processed soil samples.


2015 Gurupá Archaeology Project, Amazon, Brazil
Set-up flotation system for the recovery of archaeobotanical remains and processed soil samples.


2014 Motul de San Jose Archaeology Project
Set-up flotation system for the recovery of archaeobotanical remains and processed soil samples; conducted survey of the environment and the ecological resources of the Lake Petén region; conducted vegetation surveys in the periphery of the Motul de San Jose archaeological site.


2013 Lake Mensabak Houselot Garden Project
Conducted ethnographic interviews with Lacandon Maya residents of Lake Mensabak, Chiapas, Mexico on their use and maintenance of houselot gardens.


2011 Lake Mensabak Archaeology Project
Set-up flotation system for the recovery of archaeobotanical remains; identification of botanical resources in the Lake Mensabak area; conducted ethnographic interviews on the use of household gardens.


2009 Lake Mendoza Archaeology Project
Extraction of lake cores for paleoenvironmental analysis at Lake Mendoza, Petén, Guatemala.


2007 Lake Mendoza Archaeology Project
Preliminary survey of vegetation and soils at Lake Mendoza, Petén, Guatemala.


2004-05 Chan Archaeology Project
Excavation of agricultural terraces and associated structures and artifactual analysis at the Chan archaeological site in western Belize.

2004 Belgian Early Neolithic
Excavation in Linearbandkeramik sites in western Belgium. Advised in paleoethnobotanical techniques.


2003 Chan Archaeology Project
Survey and mapping of the Chan archaeological site in western Belize.


2000-02 Motul de San Jose Archaeology Project
Survey, excavation and analysis at the Late Classic Maya site of Motul de San Jose, Department of the Peten, Guatemala.


2000 Si’an Ka’an Biosphere Reserve Primate Study
Identification of botanical resources in Si’an Ka’an Biosphere Reserve, Quintana Roo, Mexico.


2000-09 Public Service Archaeology Program
Survey and excavation of prehistoric and historic sites located throughout the Midwest; historic research at archives located in Chicago.


1999 San Francisco de Arriba Archaeology Project
Survey, excavation and analysis at Late Formative site in Coastal Oaxaca, Mexico.


1998 Mayflower Archaeology Project
Excavation and analysis at Late Classic Maya site in coastal Belize.

 

Laboratory Research


2015 MCAP (Middle Cumberland Archaeology Project)
Analysis of archaeobotanical materials from the 40DV7 site in Nashville, Tennessee (Director: Tanya Peres)


2015 BRASS (Belize River Archaeological Settlement Survey)/El Pilar Program
Analysis of archaeobotanical materials from the site of El Pilar in Belize (Director: Anabel Ford)


2015 Motul de San Jose Archaeology Project
Analysis of archaeobotanical materials from excavations at the site of Motul de San Jose in Guatemala (Directors: Antonia Foias and Kitty Emery)


2015 Western Belize Regional Cave Project
Analysis of archaeobotanical materials from caves in western Belize (Directors: Jaime Awe and Cameron Griffith)


2010 Motul de San Jose Archaeology Project, Florida Museum of Natural History
Analysis of archaeobotanical materials from excavations at Motul de San Jose. Instruction of Master’s student in archaeobotanical analysis. (Directors: Antonia Foias and Kitty Emery)


2010 Eastep Streambank Stabilization Project; Montgomery County, Kansas
Analysis of archaeobotanical materials for the Kansas Historical Society. (Director: John Tomasic)


2008 Holmul Archaeological Project; Vanderbilt University
Analysis of archaeobotanical data from Holmul, Guatemala. (Director: John Tomasic)


2008 Chiquiuitan Archaeology Project; Vanderbilt University
Analysis of archaeobotanical materials from an Early to Middle Preclassic site on the Pacific coast of Guatemala. (Project Director: Molly Morgan)


2006 Chan Archaeology Project; Northwestern University and Chicago Botanic Gardens
Analysis of archaeobotanical remains from Chan in western Belize. Train and oversee undergraduate students in analysis. (Project Director: Andrew Wyatt)


2004 San Andres Archaeology Project; Chicago Botanic Gardens
Analysis of archaeobotanical remains from Formative site of San Andres near La Venta in Tabasco, Mexico. (Project Director: Mary D. Pohl)


2002 Motul de San Jose Environmental Project, Guatemala
Flotation and analysis of archaeobotanical remains from the Motul de San Jose Archaeological Project, Department of the Peten, Guatemala. (Project Directors: Antonia Foias and Kitty Emery)


1998 San Andres Archaeology Project; New York Botanical Gardens
Laboratory analysis of paleoethnobotanical remains from Formative site in Tabasco, Mexico. (Project Director: Mary D. Pohl)

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Courses

Introduction to Archaeology
Introduction to World Prehistory
Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
Introduction to Biological Anthropology
Introduction to Geography
Introduction to Mexican Studies
Introduction to Latin American Studies
Environmental Archaeology
Ancient Civilizations
Archaeology of the Maya
Mesoamerican Archaeology
Ethnography of Mesoamerica
Ethnobotany: People and Plants
Seminar in Cultural Ecology
Indians of South America
Indigenous Culture Change in Latin America