Department of Sociology and Anthropology

Rissa Trachman

Rissa TrachmanAssociate Professor of Anthropology & Chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology
rtrachman@elon.edu
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Intrigued by ancient life and culture, in an ongoing research project Rissa Trachman is excavating the ancient Maya site of Dos Hombres and its hinterlands in northwestern Belize. She has been investigating ancient Maya households for more than a decade and, more recently, began excavating in the civic-ceremonial center. Trachman is asking questions about the everyday life of the inhabitants of Dos Hombres including the political, economic and social organization of the ancient city as well as the ritual, religion and ideology of the Classic Period Maya. Beyond looking at everyday life, she is interested in how the city-state of Dos Hombres interacted with other cities in the region.

Education

Ph.D. in Anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin
M.S. in Anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin
B.A. in Anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin

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