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Athabasca University

Dr. Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown

Associate Professor


I am an Archaeologist who specializes in the complex societies of Mesoamerica. I received my MA in Artefact Studies from the Institute of Archaeology at the University College London (2004), and my PhD in Archaeology from the University of Calgary (2013) where I am an Adjunct Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology. I am originally from Thunder Bay, ON, but now live in Calgary, Alberta.

My research focuses primarily on ancient settlement development and household activity patterns. I am Principal Investigator of the Stann Creek Regional Archaeology Project (SCRAP), and have worked at several sites in Belize, Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. My teaching at AU takes place entirely online and, as a result, I am particularly interested in technology-enabled learning in archaeological pedagogy, education, and outreach.

You can read more about my research at the following sites:

Recent Publications

S. G. Morton & M. Peuramaki-Brown (Eds.). In Press. Seeking Conflict in Mesoamerica: Operational, Cognitive, and Experiential Approaches. University Press of Colorado, Boulder (expected publication October 2019).

Peuramaki-Brown, Meaghan M., and Shawn G. Morton. In Press. Archaeological Reconnaissance at the Pearce Sites of the Cockscomb Basin, Stann Creek District. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 16 (expected publication summer 2019).

Peuramaki-Brown, Meaghan M., and Shawn G. Morton. 2019. Maya Monumental ‘Boom’: Rapid Development, Hybrid Architecture, and ‘Pretentionusness’ in the Fabrication of Place at Alabama, East-Central Belize. Journal of Field Archaeology, (Ahead of Print).

R. Horowitz, B. Cap, J. Yaeger, M. Peuramaki-Brown, & M. Eli. 2019. Raw Material Selection and Stone Tool Production: Limestone Bifaces in the Mopan Valley, Belize. Latin American Antiquity 30(10:198-204).

W.J. Stemp, M. Peuramaki-Brown, & J. Awe. 2018. Ritual Economy and Ancient Maya Bloodletting: Obsidian Blades from Actun Uayazba Kab (Handprint Cave), Belize. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 53:304-324.

M. Peuramaki-Brown, S.G. Morton, & C. Oliveira. 2018. “Some lessons can’t be taught, they simply have to be learned”: Experiences from three seasons of investigations at Alabama, Stann Creek District. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 15: 297-306.

M. Peuramaki-Brown. 2017. Revisiting the Ancient Maya of Alabama, Belize: Description, Recent Research, and Future Directions. Mexicon XXXIX(3):64-72.

M. Peuramaki-Brown, S. Morton, T. Tibbits, L. Green. 2017. Phase I Reconnaissance (2014-2015) at Alabama: A Summary of SCRAP Investigations in East-Central Belize. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 14:299-309.

J.L. Brewer, C. Carr, N.P. Dunning, D.S. Walker, A. Anaya Hernández, M. Peuramaki-Brown, and K. Reese-Taylor. 2017. Employing airborne lidar and archaeological testing to determine the role of small depressions in water management at the ancient Maya site of Yaxnohcah, Campeche, Mexico. Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports 13:291-302.

M. Peuramaki-Brown. 2016. Settlement and Resource Development at Alabama, Belize:Past, Present, and Future Investigations. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 13.:239-250.

K. Reese-Taylor, A. Anaya Hernandez, K. Monteleone, A. Flores, C. Carr, A. Uriarte, M. Peuramaki-Brown, and N. Dunning. 2016. The Bare [Naked?] Truth at Yaxnohcah: Ground-truthing LiDAR in a Complex Tropical Landscape. Advances in Archaeological Sciences 4(3):314-338.

M. Peuramaki-Brown, S. G. Morton, and P. C. Dawson. 2016. The Dynamic Maya City: Methods for Modelling Pedestrian Movement in Ancient Civic-Ceremonial Centres. In Proceedings of the 17th European Maya Conference, Helsinki 2012, edited by Harri Kettunen and Christophe Helmke, pp. 115-127. Verlag Anton Saurwein, Markt Schwaben, Germany.

M. Peuramaki-Brown, S. Irwin, & D. Ramsey. 2015. Belize-Guatemala. In Encyclopedia of Border Disputes, Vol. 1: Territorial Disputes, edited by E. Brunet-Jailly, pp. 34-52. ABC Clio, Santa Barbara, CA.

B. Cap, M. Peuramaki-Brown, and J. Yaeger. 2015. Shopping for the Household Goods at the Buenavista del Cayo Marketplace. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 12: 25-36.

M. Peuramaki-Brown. 2014. Neighbourhoods and Dispersed/Low-density Urbanization at Buenavista del Cayo, Belize. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 11: 67-79.

S. Morton, M. Peuramaki-Brown, P. Dawson, & J. Seibert. 2014. Peopling the Past: Interpreting Models for Pedestrian Movement in Ancient Civic-Ceremonial Centres. In Mapping Spatial Relations, Their Perceptions and Dynamics: The City Today and in the Past, edited by S. Rau and E. Schönherr, pp. 25-44. Springer, Heidelberg, Germany.

M. Peuramaki-Brown. 2013. Identifying Integrative Built Environments in the Archaeological Record: An Application of New Urban Design Theory to Ancient Urban Spaces. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 32(4): 577-594.

M. Peuramaki-Brown. 2012. Rural Ceramic Manufacture in Precolumbian Honduras: Applying Petrographic Analysis to the Study of the Chaînes Opératoires. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 36(1): 166-187.

S. Morton, M. Peuramaki-Brown, P. Dawson, & J. Seibert. 2012. Civic and Household Community Relationships at Teotihuacán, Mexico: A Space Syntax Approach. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 22(3): 387-400.

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