Jessica MacLellan

About Jessica MacLellan

I am a recent alumna (Ph.D. 2019) focusing on Mesoamerican archaeology. I am interested in the role of household ritual in the development of ancient Maya society. Over the past few years, I excavated an early residential area at the site of Ceibal, in Guatemala. For the 2019-2020 academic year, I will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

Selected Publications

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2019. MacLellan, J. Preclassic Maya Caches in Residential Contexts: Variation and Transformation in Deposition Processes at Ceibal. Antiquity 93(371):1249-1265. URL: https://doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2019.129

2019. MacLellan, J. Preclassic Maya Houses and Rituals: Excavations at the Karinel Group, Ceibal. Latin American Antiquity 30(2):415-421. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/laq.2019.15

2017. Aoyama, K., T. Inomata, D. Triadan, F. Pinzón, J.M. Palomo, J. MacLellan, and A. Sharpe. "Early Maya Ritual Practices and Craft Production: Late Middle Preclassic Ritual Deposits Containing Obsidian Artifacts at Ceibal, Guatemala." Journal of Field Archaeology 42(5):408-422. URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/00934690.2017.1355769

2017. Triadan, D., V. Castillo, T. Inomata, J.M. Palomo, M.B. Méndez, M. Cortave, J. MacLellan, M. Burham, and E. Ponciano. "Power and Social Relations in a Middle Preclassic Community: Elite Residential Complexes at Ceibal." Ancient Mesoamerica 28(1):233-264. URL: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0956536117000074

2017. Inomata, T., D. Triadan, J. MacLellan, M. Burham, K. Aoyama, J.M. Palomo, H. Yonenobu, F. Pinzón, and H. Nasu. "High-Precision Radiocarbon Dating of Political Collapse and Dynastic Origins at the Maya Site of Ceibal, Guatemala." PNAS 114(6):1293-1298. URL: http://www.pnas.org/content/114/6/1293

2016. MacLellan, J. "Trowels and Tribulations: Lessons Learned During Five Years of Fieldwork in Guatemala." Notes from the Field. Arizona Anthropologist 27:62-68. URL: https://journals.uair.arizona.edu/index.php/arizanthro/issue/view/1458

2015. Inomata, T., J. MacLellan, and M. Burham. "The Construction of Public and Domestic Spheres in the Preclassic Maya Lowlands." American Anthropologist 117(3):519-534. URL: http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/aman.12285/full

2015. Inomata, T., J. MacLellan, D. Triadan, J. Munson, M. Burham, K. Aoyama, H. Nasu, F. Pinzón, and H. Yonenobu. "The Development of Sedentary Communities in the Maya Lowlands: Co-Existing Mobile Groups and Public Ceremonies at Ceibal, Guatemala." PNAS 112(14):4268-4273. URL: http://www.pnas.org/content/112/14/4268

2015. MacLellan, J. "Ceibal." In Encyclopedia of the Ancient Maya, edited by Walter R. T. Witschey, pp. 67-68. Rowman & Littlefield.

2014. Burham, M., and J. MacLellan. "Thinking Outside the Plaza: Ritual Practices in Preclassic Maya Residential Groups at Ceibal, Guatemala." Antiquity 88(340): http://journal.antiquity.ac.uk/projgall/burham340

Proceedings of the Guatemalan Archaeology Symposia:

2016. MacLellan, J., M.A. Cordero, and E. Mejía. "Vida diaria y ritual al principio de la civilización maya: Investigaciones en el Grupo Karinel, Ceibal." In XXVIIII Simposio de Investigaciones Arqueológicas en Guatemala, 2015, Vol. 1, edited by B. Arroyo, pp. 251-261. Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes, Instituto de Antropología e Historia, and Asociación Tikal, Guatemala City.

2015. Pinzón, F., J. MacLellan, M. Burham, T. Inomata, D. Triadan, and D. Bazy. "Proyecto Arqueológico Ceibal-Petexbatún, una vista general de nueve años de investigaciones." In XXVIII Simposio de Investigaciones Arqueológicas en Guatemala, 2014, Vol. 1, edited by B. Arroyo, pp. 199-208. Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes, Instituto de Antropología e Historia, and Asociación Tikal, Guatemala City.

2014. MacLellan, J. "Espacios y Rituales Domésticos del Periodo Preclásico en Ceibal." In XXVII Simposio de Investigaciones Arqueológicas en Guatemala, 2013, Vol. 2, edited by B. Arroyo, pp. 725-732. Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes, Instituto de Antropología e Historia, and Asociación Tikal, Guatemala City.

2013. MacLellan, J., and M. Burham. "Práctica Ceremonial y Doméstica en la Periferia de Ceibal." In XXVI Simposio de Investigaciones Arqueológicas en Guatemala, 2012, Vol. 2, edited by B. Arroyo, pp. 961-976. Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes, Instituto de Antropología e Historia, and Asociación Tikal, Guatemala City.

Courses Taught

Instructor, ANTH 334A Mesoamerican Civilizations: Maya (Spring 2019)

Instructor, ANT/ARC 101 Human Origins and Prehistory, Pima Community College (Spring 2019)

Online Instructor, ANTH 334A Mesoamerican Civilizations: Maya (Summer II 2016, Summer II 2015, Summer II 2014)

Teaching Assistant, ANTH 346 Clovis to Coronado: Ancient Peoples of the Southwest (Fall 2017)

Teaching Assistant, ANTH 160A1 Patterns in Prehistory (Fall 2014)

Teaching Assistant, ANTH 261 The Human Species (Fall 2013)

Areas of Study

- Mesoamerica

- Preclassic Maya

- Household archaeology

- Ritual

- Public space and architecture

- Transition to sedentism

- Sociocultural anthropology and ethnography

- Archaeological outreach

- Maya ceramics

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Degree(s)

PhD, Anthropology, University of Arizona, 2019

MA, Anthropology, University of Arizona, 2011

BA, summa cum laude, Archaeology, Boston University, 2009

Dissertation Title

Households, Ritual, and the Origins of Social Complexity: Excavations at the Karinel Group, Ceibal, Guatemala