Cortes-Rincon, Marisol

Cortes-Rincon, Marisol

Associate Professor, Undergrad & Grad Advisor
Director, Archaeology Research Lab
Tel: 707.826.4335
Research & Teaching Focus: Archaeology (Mesoamerica, Maya, settlement patterns, socioeconomic organization). Belize Archaeology Field Program.

Contact information

Tel: 707.826.4335


Ph.D. Anthropology, Concentration Archaeology and GIS, University of Texas, Austin
M.A. Anthropology, Concentration in Medical Anthropology, Montclair State University
B.A. Classics, with minors in Archaeology and Pre-law, Montclair State University

Teaching Areas

Archaeologists at computer with 3D map of archaeology site

  • Method & Theory in Archaeology
  • Mesoamerica, Maya
  • Mesoamerican Warfare
  • Development of fortification systems in the Maya Lowlands
  • Economic and political patterns
  • Settlement patterns, mapping


My current research is focused on a variety of interpretive issues related to ancient Maya culture: sociopolitical organization, demography, subsistence, environmental management, economic structure, and warfare studies. I direct an intersite settlement survey project under the auspices the Programme for Belize Archaeological Project (PfBAP). My field research at PfBAP focuses on the settlement patterns between three large Maya centers: Dos Hombres, Gran Cacao, and Great Savannah. It is a holistic-long-term project that focuses on:

  • Rural settlement patterns
  • Political and socioeconomic organization
  • Political landscape
  • Utilization of natural resources
  • Movement of goods
  • Competition of resources