PhD 2012 Southern Methodist University
MA Anthropology Southern Methodist University
MA Archaeology University of Paris: La Sorbonne
BA Anthropology University of California at Santa Barbara
Damien Marken received his B.A. in Anthropology from the University of California at Santa Barbara in 2000 and M.A.'s in Archaeology from the University of Paris: La Sorbonne in 2002 and Anthropology from SMU in 2004. Damien has conducted extensive field and laboratory research in the Maya area, primarily at the sites of Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico, and El Peru-Waka and La Corona, both located in Peten, Guatemala. He is the editor of the book Palenque: Recent Investigations at the Classic Maya Center (Altamira Press, 2007) and in 2009 was awarded a NSF Disstertation Improvement Grant to investigate the hinterlands of El Peru-Waka. Currently a Ph.D. candidate at SMU, Damien's research interests include urbanism, early state development, regional patterns, and ancient Maya culture history.
Title of Dissertation: "City and State: Urbanism, Rural Settlement and Polity in the Classic Maya Lowlands"
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Honors and Awards:
Department Dissertation Writing Fellowship, Department of Anthropology, SMU (2010-2011)
GeoOntological Development Society Research Grant (2007, 2008, 2009)
National Science Foundation Dissertation Improvement Grant (2008-2009). Co-PI with David Freidel
Institute for the Student of Earth and Man (SMU) Dissertation Research Award (2008)
Dolby Family Fund Grant (2006)
Selected Publications, Papers, and Presentations
2011 Marken, Damien B., Stanley Guenter and David A. Freidel. e's Maya, but He's not my Brother: Exploring the Place of Ethnicity in Classic Maya Social Organization. In "The Only True People": Linking Mayan Identities Past and Present, edited by Bethany J. Myers and Lisa LeCount. University of Colorado Press, Boulder. In press.
2011 Sasamal Performance: Variability in Ritual Contexts at El Peru-Waka'. In Archaeology at El Peru-Waka': Performances of Ritual, Memory and Power, edited by Olivia Navarro-Farr and Michelle Rich. University of Arizona Press, Tuscon. In press.
2007 Marken, Damien B. and Kirk D. Straight. Conclusion: Reconceptualizing the Palenque Polity. In Palenque: Recent Investigations at the Classic Maya Center, edited by Damien B. Marken, pp. 279-324. AltaMira Press, New York.
2007 The Construction Chronology of Palenque: Seriation within an Architectural Form. In Palenque: Recent Investigations at the Classic Maya Center, edited by Damien B. Marken, pp. 57-81. AltaMira Press, New York.
2007 Elite Residential Compounds at Late Classic Palenque. In Palenque: Recent Investigations at the Classic Maya Center, edited by Damien B. Marken, pp. 135-160. AltaMira Press, New York.
2006 Straight, Kirk D. and Damien B. Marken. Los Depositos de Terminacion del Templo XIX, Palenque, Chiapas. In XIX Simposio de Investigaciones Arqueologicas en Guatemala, 2005, edited by J.P. Laporte, B. Arroyo, and H. Mejia, pp. 387-396. IDEAH, Guatemala City.
2006 Review of Copan: The History of an Ancient Maya Kingdom, edited by E. Wyllys Andrews and William L. Fash. Journal of Latin American Anthropology 11(1): 224-225.
2002 L'Architecture de Palenque: Les Temples. Unpublished M.A. thesis, Universite de Paris I: La Sorbonne, Paris, France.
2002 'U-Pakal K'in'ich at Palenque and Its Use as a Pre-Accession Name. PARI Journal II(4)/III(1): 1-4. PreColumbian Art Research Institute, San Francisco, CA.