Daniela Triadan

About Daniela Triadan

My research interests focus on the study of the sociopolitical development of small sedentary societies and societies that were more hierarchically organized, as well as prehistoric economic systems. Methodologically I specialize in ceramic technology, provenance studies, and the integration of material analyses into archaeological research. To pursue my research interests, I have been conducting extensive field and laboratory research in the American Southwest and Mesoamerica.

My projects in the Southwest include two large-scale studies on late prehistoric polychrome production and distribution, one centered on White Mountain Red Ware from east-central Arizona and the other on Chihuahua Polychrome from the Casas Grandes region in Chihuahua, Mexico. My research in the Maya area included work in Belize and I have been co-directing the Aguateca Archaeological Project in Guatemala. Our research there was geared toward examining social, political, and economic organization and its change through the analysis of domestic assemblages. Excavations of elite residential structures at the epicenter of this rapidly abandoned city revealed the richest in situ floor assemblages found to date at a Classic Maya site, providing a unique opportunity for reconstructing Classic Maya household organization. I am also the Co-director of a project at the site of Ceibal , Guatemala, where my colleagues and I are investigating the processes that led to the development of sedentism and social complexity during the Early Middle Preclassic, as well as the political disintegration during the Terminal Classic. This research is providing new information of the foundation of Maya Civilization as well as the so-called Maya collapse. My colleagues and I are also starting a new project in the middle Usumacinta River drainage in Tabasco and Chiapas, Mexico. We will be excavating at several Early to Middle Preclassic sites with early ritual architectural configurations called E-Groups. We are interested in possible connections of this area with the western Maya lowlands, including the site of Ceibal. We believe that this area may have been crucial in interactions between the Olmec area on the Gulf Coast and the earliest Maya.

Selected Publications

Triadan, Daniela, Eduardo Gamboa Carrera, M. James Blackman, and Ronald L. Bishop (2017) Sourcing Chihuahuan Polychrome Ceramics: Assessing Medio Period Economic Organization. Latin American Antiquity.

Triadan, Daniela, Victor Castillo, Takeshi Inomata, Juan Manuel Palomo, María Belén Méndez, Mónica Cortave, Jessica MacLellan, Melissa Burham, and Erick Ponciano (2017) Social Transformations in a Middle Preclassic Community: Elite Residential Complexes at Ceibal.  Ancient Mesoamerica 28(1):233-264.

Inomata, Takeshi, Daniela Triadan, Jessica MacLellan, Melissa Burham, Kazuo Aoyama, Juan Manuel Palomoa, Hitoshi Yonenobu, Flory Pinzón, and Hiroo Nasu (2017) Political Collapse and Dynastic Origins in the Maya Lowlands: High-precision Radiocarbon Dating at Ceibal, Guatemala. Proceedings of the National Academy Sciences (PNAS) 114(6):1293-1298.

Inomata, Takeshi, Jessica MacLellan, Daniela Triadan,Jessica Munson, Melissa Burham, Kazuo Aoyama, Hiroo Nasu, Flory Pinzon, and Hitoshi Yonenobu (2015) Development of sedentary communities in the Maya lowlands: Coexisting of mobile groups and public ceremonies at Ceibal, Guatemala. Proceedings of the National Academy Sciences (PNAS) 112(14):4268-4273.

Inomata, Takeshi, and Daniela Triadan (editors) (2014)  Life and Politics at the Royal Court of Aguateca: Artifacts, Analytical Data, and Synthesis. Aguateca Archaeological Project First Phase Monograph Series, Volume 3. Takeshi Inomata and Daniela Triadan, series editors. University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.

Inomata Takeshi, Daniela Triadan, Kazuo Aoyama, Victor Castillo, and Hitoshi Yonenobu (2013)  Early Ceremonial Constructions at Ceibal, Guatemala, and the Origins of Lowland Maya Civilization. Science 340:467-471.

Triadan Daniela (2013) Compositional and Distributional Analyses of some 14th Century Ceramics from Kinishba Pueblo: Implications for Pottery Production and Migration Processes. In Unsilencing Kinishba: James B. Shaeffer’s Mid-century Excavations and Contemporary Perspectives, edited by John R. Welch, pp. 209-242. Arizona State Museum, Tucson.

Triadan, D. (2007) Warriors, Nobles, Commoners and Beasts: Figurines from Elite Buildings at Aguateca, Guatemala. Latin American Antiquity 18(3):269-294.

Triadan, D. (2006) Dancing Gods: Ritual, Performance, and Political Organization in the Prehistoric Southwest. In Theatres of Power and Community: Archaeology of Performance and Politics, edited by T. Inomata and L. Coben, pp. 159-186. Altamira Press, Walnut Creek.

Triadan, D., and M. N. Zedeño (2004) The Political Geography and Territoriality of 14th Century Settlements in the Mogollon Highlands of East-central Arizona. In The Protohistoric Pueblo World: A.D. 1275-1600, edited by E. Charles Adams and Andrew I. Duff, pp. 95-107. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Inomata, Takeshi, Daniela Triadan, Erick Ponciano, Estela Pinto, Richard E. Terry, and Markus Eberl (2002) Domestic and Political Lives of Classic Maya Elites: The Excavation of Rapidly Abandoned Structures at Aguateca, Guatemala. Latin American Antiquity 13(3):305-330.

Triadan, D. (2000) Elite Household Subsistence at Aguateca, Guatemala. Mayab 13:46-56.

Triadan, D. (1997) Ceramic Commodities and Common Containers: Production and Distribution of White Mountain Red Ware in the Grasshopper Region, Arizona. Anthropological Paper 61. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

Courses Taught

ANTH 160A1 Patterns in Prehistory (formerly TRAD 101), Fall 2012, Fall 2013,
Fall 2014, Fall 2017

TRAD 101 Patterns in Prehistory, Spring 2004, Fall 2004, Fall 2006, Fall 2007, Fall 2010

ANTH 320, Ancient Civilizations, Spring 2004, Fall 2004, Fall 2006, Fall   2007, Fall 2008, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2017

ANTH 696A Aggression, Violence, and Warfare in Prehistory, Fall 2005, Fall 2008, Fall 2011

ANTH 496F/596F Ceramic Analysis Seminar, Fall 2010, Fall 2011, Fall 2012, Fall 2013, Fall 2017

ANTH 696A Household Archaeology, Spring 2003, Fall 2014

ANTH 205 From Clovis to Coronado: Archaeology of the Southwest, Spring 2002

Areas of Study

Southwest, Mesoamerica

Projects

Aguateca Archaeological Project

Ceibal-Petexbatun Archaeological Project

Middle Usumacinta Archaeological Project

Research Interests

Archaeology, Southwest and Mesoamerica

Ceramic production and distribution

Compositional analyses

Prehistoric social and economic organization

Development of complex societies

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Contact Information

Professor of Anthropology, Research Associate Smithsonian Institution
Telephone: 520.626.0077
Fax: 520.621.2088
Office: Emil W. Haury Building, Room 404A
Office Hours: Tuesdays 3:30-5:30 PM and Wednesdays 1-3 PM and by appointment

Degree(s)

Ph.D., Freie Universität Berlin 1995

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