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David R. Hixson


David R. Hixson 

Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology

Tel: 301-696-3885 
Email: hixson@hood.edu
Office: Alumnae Hall, Room 311
Office hours: As noted on syllabus or by appointment

Education

  • Ph.D., Tulane University, New Orleans
  • M.A., Tulane University, New Orleans
  • B.A., University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

Courses taught

  • Introduction to Anthropology
  • Archaeological Method and Theory
  • Cultural Anthropology: Mesoamerican Ethnography
  • Mesoamerican Archaeology

Biography

Dr. David R. Hixson is a full four-sub-field specialist in anthropology, including cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, and physical anthropology.  His regional specialization focuses upon the Maya of Yucatan, Mexico.  He has traveled, lived and worked among the modern Yucatec Maya since he was 17 years old.  His technical specialization in the field of archaeology is the use of remote sensing (satellite imagery, aerial photography, synthetic aperture radar) in the study of ancient Maya settlement patterns.

Research and teaching interests

Dr. Hixson has spent over a decade studying the near-coastal community of Chunchucmil, Yucatan, and its modern and ancient relationship with the coast.  He hopes to encourage Hood students to utilize the combined disciplines of anthropology, archaeology, and wetland studies (through the Center for Coastal and Watershed Studies at Hood) to investigate the interrelationships between the interior and the coast of Yucatan. Dr. Hixson is currently conducting a photogrammetric survey of the ancient Maya site of Chunchucmil, testing the capability of modern aerial drones to create 3D maps of archaeological features.  He also assists Dr. Jennifer Ross in the Department of Art and Archaeology in the investigation of a Civil War era school house and farmstead just north of Frederick, a cooperative effort between Hood College archaeology students and Frederick Community College students.

Selected publications and presentations

Hixson, D. (2017) Environmental Heterogeneity in the Chunchucmil Economic Region. In Ancient Maya Commerce: Multidisciplinary research at Chunchucmil, S. Hutson, (ed.). University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

 

Hixson, D., and Mazeau, D. (2017) Hinterland Settlement Patterns in the Chunchucmil Economic Region. In Ancient Maya Commerce: Multidisciplinary research at Chunchucmil, S. Hutson, (ed.). University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

 

Dahlin, B., T. Ardren, D. Hixson, and A.P. Andrews (2017) Perishable resources produced for exchange in the Chunchucmil Economic Region. In Ancient Maya Commerce: Multidisciplinary research at Chunchucmil, S. Hutson, (ed.). University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

 

Ardren, T., S. Hutson, D. Hixson, and C. Blackmore. (2017) Connections beyond Chunchucmil. In Ancient Maya Commerce: Multidisciplinary research at Chunchucmil, S. Hutson, (ed.). University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

 

Hixson, D. (2013). The use of multispectral imagery and airborne synthetic aperture radar for the detection of archaeological sites and features in the western Maya wetlands of Chunchucmil, Yucatán, Mexico. In Mapping Archaeological Landscapes from Space, D. Comer and M. Harrower (eds.). Springer Press, New York.

 

 

Hixson, D. (2005). Measuring a Maya Metropolis: the use of remote sensing for settlement pattern research at the classic Maya site of Chunchucmil, Yucatán, Mexico. Institute of Maya Studies Newsletter 34(1)1-4.