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I am an archaeologist in the Department of Anthropology at Florida Atlantic University. I specialize in the archaeology of Mesoamerica, particularly the Maya area of Mexico and Central America. I have worked in the states of Chiapas, Veracruz, Quintana Roo, and Yucatan in Mexico, and at Copán, Honduras. I have also worked in the southeast United States, in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. I have worked at the site of Mayapán, Yucatán, Mexico, on and off, for many years.

My scholarly interests include the analysis of settlement pattern, the analysis of ancient ceramic and lithic artifacts, Maya ethnohistory, and the application of quantitative methods in archaeology.

I hold a B.A. in archaeology (cum laude) from Yale University, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Tulane University. My doctoral dissertation was entitled Mayapán Society and Ancient Maya Social Organization. It was based upon my excavations in the residential zones of the Postclassic Maya capital of Mayapán, in the state of Yucatán, México.

Some of my recent publications are:


Brown, Clifford T. 2001 The Fractal Dimensions of Lithic Reduction. Journal of Archaeological Science Vol. 28, No. 6, pp. 619-631.


Brown, Clifford T. and Walter R. T. Witschey 2003 The Fractal Geometry of Ancient Maya Settlement. Journal of Archaeological Science Vol. 30, No. 12, pp. 1619-1632.


Brown, Clifford T., Walter R. T. Witschey, and Larry S. Liebovitch 2005 The Broken Past: Fractals in Archaeology. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 37-78.


Brown, Clifford T. 2005 Caves, Karst, and Settlement at Mayapán, Yucatán, in In the Maw of the Earth Monster: Mesoamerican Ritual Cave Use, edited by James E. Brady and Keith M. Prufer, pp. 373-402. Austin: University of Texas Press (The Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies).


Brown, Clifford T. 2006 Water Sources at Mayapán, Yucatán, México, in Precolumbian Water Management: Ideology, Ritual, and Power, edited by Lisa Lucero and Barbara Fash, pp 171-188. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.


Brown, Clifford T., Larry S. Liebovitch, and Rachel Glendon 2006 Lévy Flights in Dobe Ju/’hoansi Foraging Patterns. Human Ecology. Published online December 6, 2006. In press.


Here is a link to my home page: http://wise.fau.edu/~ctbrown/