Find the books, dissertations, articles, and annual reports covering the Chan Project.


  • Chan: An Ancient Maya Farming Community, edited by Cynthia Robin
    2012, University Press of Florida
    Chan offers a synthesis of compelling and groundbreaking discoveries gathered over ten years of research at this one archaeological site in Belize. The contributors develop three central themes, which structure the book. They examine how sustainable farming practices maintained the surrounding forest, allowing the village to exist for two millennia. They trace the origins of elite Maya state religion to the complex religious belief system developed in small villages such as Chan. Finally, they describe how the group-focused political strategies employed by local leaders differed from the highly hierarchical strategies of the Classic Maya kings in their large cities.  In breadth, methodology, and findings, this volume scales new heights in the study of Maya society and culture.
  • Everyday Life Matters: Maya Farmers at Chan, Cynthia Robin
    Forthcoming 2013, University Press of Florida


Blackmore, Chelsea. 2008. “Challenging 'Commoner': An Examination of Status and Identity at the Ancient Maya Village of Chan, Belize.” PhD dissertation, University of California-Riverside.

Robin, Cynthia 1999. “Towards an Archaeology of Everyday Life: Maya Farmers at Chan Noòhol, Belize.” PhD dissertation, University of Pennsylvania.

Wyatt, Andrew R. 2008. “Gardens on Hills: The Archaeology of Ancient Maya Terrace Agriculture at Chan, Belize.” PhD dissertation, University of Illinois-Chicago.


Blackmore, Chelsea. 2011. “Ritual among the Masses: Deconstructing Identity and Class in an Ancient Maya Neighborhood.” Latin American Antiquity 22 (2): 159-77.

Blackmore, Chelsea. 2007. “Commoner Ritual and Socio-Political Life in a Late Classic Neighborhood: Archaeological Investigations at the Northeast Group, Chan, Belize.” Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 4: 24-46.

Kosakowsky, Laura J. and Cynthia Robin. 2010. “Contextualizing Ritual Behavior at the Chan Site: Pottery Vessels and Ceramic Artifacts from Burials, Caches, and Problematical Deposits.” Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 7: 45-54.

Meierhoff, James, Mark Golitko, and Jim Morris. 2010. Sourcing of obsidian from the ancient Maya farming village of Chan, Belize using portable-XRF.” SAS Bulletin 33: 5-8.

Novotny, Anna C., and Laura J. Kosakowsky. 2009. “Burials and Caches from the Chan Site E-Group: A Bioarchaeological Perspective on Ritual and Social Complexity at an Ancient Maya Farming Community.” Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 6: 73-81.

Robin, Cynthia. 2009. “Whose Complexity? Ancient Maya Socio-Political Organization and Complexity: A View from the Farm.” Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 6: 25-32.

Robin, Cynthia. 2006. “Gender, Farming, and Long-Term Change: Maya Historical and Archaeological Perspectives.” Current Anthropology 47 (3): 409-33.

Robin, Cynthia. 2002a. “Outside of Houses: The Practices of Everyday Life at Chan Noòhol.” Journal of Social Archaeology 2 (2): 245-68.

Robin, Cynthia. 2002b. “Gender and Farming at Chan Noòhol, Belize.” In Ancient Maya Women, ed. T. Ardren, 12-30. Walnut Creek, California: AltaMira Press.

Robin, Cynthia, Chelsea Blackmore, and Michael Latsch. 2005. “Household and Community Ritual in a Farming Community.” Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 2: 339-49.

Robin, Cynthia, William Middleton, Mary Morrison, and Santiago Juarez. 2004. “Surveying an Agrarian Community: The 2002 Season at the Chan Site.” Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 1: 231-42.

Wyatt, Andrew R. 2008. “Pine as an Element of Household Refuse in the Fertilization of Ancient Maya Agricultural Fields.” Journal of Ethnobiology 28 (2): 244-58.

Wyatt, Andrew R. 2006. “Excavations of Agricultural Terraces at Chan, Belize: Results of the 2004 Season.” Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 3: 169-178.