Graduate Students


Dawn  Crawford

Graduate Student

Heroy Hall 429

Dawn Crawford completed a B.A. in Anthropology and History from Texas A&M University, and a M.A. in Anthropology from Southern Methodist University. She is currently a PhD candidate at Southern Methodist University.

Dawn is currently completing her dissertation research on Maya household resilience to economic and socio-political collapse at the site of Holtun, located in the Petén district of Guatemala. As a member of the Proyecto Arqueologico Holtun, Dawn focuses on household archaeology, specifically on lithic and ceramic production and consumption. Proyecto Holtun is a collaborative program between multiple universities in the United States and in Guatemala. Dawn joined Proyecto Holtun in 2011.

In 2015, Dawn received a National Geographic Young Explorer Grant and a Sigma Xi Grants-in-Aid award. In 2017, Dawn received a Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant from the National Science Foundation for her research on economic household resilience at Holtun. She has also worked on side projects regarding jade working and production techniques and obsidian sourcing in collaboration with Dr. Brigitte Kovacevich of the University of Central Florida (publications in preparation). In addition to household production and consumption patterns, Dawn's research interests include social organization, gender, class,trade, collapse, and resilience.

Entered program in 2010

Awards and Honors:

Sigma Xi Grant-in-Aid
National Geographic Young Explorer
National Science Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Improvement Grant


July 2017 Callaghan, Michael, Karla J. Cardona, Brigitte Kovacevich, Rodrigo Guzman, Dawn Crawford, and Mary Clarke. La Comunidad Preclásica en Holtun, Guatemala: Vista del Grupo F. In XXX Simposio de Investigaciónes Arqueológicas en Guatemala, Guatemala City, Guatemala. Museo Nacional de Arquelogia y Etnologia, Guatemala.