Dr. Gregory Zaro


Associate Professor of Anthropology and Climate Change
Chair, Department of Anthropology

Ph.D., Anthropology, University of New Mexico, 2005
M.A., Anthropology, University of Chicago, 1998
B.A., Spanish, University of Texas at Austin, 1994




Professional Interests:

My interests broadly relate to the interplay between humans and the environment, primarily conceptualized through historical ecology, subsistence economies, agriculture, urbanism, and cosmology. I am particularly interested in assessing the role human groups over the past several thousand years have played in shaping the environmental conditions experienced today. My geographic areas of interest include Andean South America, Mesoamerica, and most recently, the eastern Adriatic. Inspired by my recent Fulbright experience in Croatia, I am currently building the foundation for a long-term program of research centered on urbanization and landscape change in the eastern Adriatic, focused principally around the 3000-year-old coastal city of Zadar. The project will seek to articulate ancient, historic, and modern records as they relate to contemporary issues of urbanization, land use, and environmental change.

Representative Publications:

For pdf copies of most articles, please visit my Climate Change Institute webpage here.

Houk, Brett A. and G. Zaro (2015). Lithic production and domestic economy in an ancient Maya neighborhood at Chan Chich, Belize. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 12:127-134.

Herndon, Kelsey E., G. Zaro, B.A. Houk, D. Sandrock, A. Booher, E. Vasquez (2015). Investigating urban form and kingship: Preliminary Results of the 2014 Chan Chich Archaeological Project. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 12:339-346.

Zaro, Gregory (2014). From terraces to trees: Ancient and historical landscape changes in southern Peru. In Landesque Capital: The Historical Ecology of Enduring Landscape Modifications, edited by N. Thomas Håkansson and Mats Widgren, pp. 232-250. Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek, CA.

Zaro, Gregory, K. Nystrom, and D. Keefer (2013). Environmental catastrophe and the archaeological record: Complexities of volcanism, floods, and farming in south coastal Peru, A.D. 1200-1700. Andean Past 11:233-262.

Sullivan, Lauren A., Brett A. Houk, Gregory Zaro, and Lindsey R. Moats (2013). Deciphering a Terminal Classic surface artifact deposit at Courtyard 100, La Milpa: The view from the ceramic data. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 10:211–218.

Zaro, Gregory and B. Houk (2012). The growth and decline of the ancient Maya city of La Milpa, Belize: New data and new perspectives from the southern plazas. Ancient Mesoamerica, 23:143-159.

Houk, Brett A. and Gregory Zaro (2011). Evidence for ritual engineering in the Late/Terminal Classic site plan of La Milpa, Belize. Latin American Antiquity, 22:178-198.

Zaro, Gregory, K.C. Nystrom, A. Umire-Alvarez, A. Bar, and A. Miranda (2010). Tierras Olvidadas: Chiribaya landscape engineering and marginality in southern Peru. Latin American Antiquity 21(4):355-374.

Houk, Brett A. and Gregory Zaro (2010). Architectural history and ritual planning at La Milpa: a reconsideration. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 7:95-102.

Zaro, Gregory, H. Builth, C. Rivera, J. Roldán, and G. Suvires (2008). Landscape evolution and human agency: Archaeological case studies from drylands in western South America and Australia. Chungará, Revista de Antropología Chilena 40, Número Especial: 261-271.

Zaro, Gregory (2007). Diversity specialists: Coastal resource management and historical contingency in the Osmore Desert of southern Peru. Latin American Antiquity 18(2): 161-179.

Zaro, Gregory and Adán Umire-Alvarez (2005). Late Chiribaya agriculture and risk management along the arid Andean coast of southern Peru, A.D. 1200-1400. Geoarchaeology: An International Journal 20(7): 717-737.

Zaro, Gregory and Jon C. Lohse (2005). Agricultural rhythms and rituals: Ancient Maya solar observation in hinterland Blue Creek, northwestern Belize. Latin American Antiquity 16(1): 81-98


Tel: 207.581.1857

Fax: 207.581.1823

Email: gregory.zaro@maine.edu

Department of Anthropology
University of Maine
5773 S. Stevens Hall
Orono, Maine 04469-5773

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