Mesoamerican Laboratory

The Mesoamerican Laboratory is used by students for analysis and interpretation of LiDAR point cloud data and related imagery, analysis of excavated materials and associated data, report and article preparation, logistical operations to support fieldwork, and teaching.

Dr. Chris Fisher
Director

General Services Building
344

Research

The Mesoamerican Laboratory is used for research and analysis associated with two externally funded projects at CSU that fall under the umbrella of the Legacies of Resilience research program. The first, the Lake Pátzcuaro Basin Archaeological project (LORE-LPB), seeks to explore social and environmental factors that led to the formation of the Late Postclassic (A.D. 1000-1520) Purépecha or Tarascan Empire. Funded by the National Science Foundation, NASA, the National Geographic Society, and private donors, the LORE-LPB project involves remote sensing coupled with on the ground survey and excavation in Mexico.

The second project, New Perspectives on Mosquitia Prehistory, Honduras, is aimed at elucidating the long-term record of human/environment interaction in one of the last examples of multi-level tropical rainforest left in the Americas. Funded by private donors the Mosquitia project involves both remote sensing and on the ground field survey.

Students Working in Mesoamerican Lab

Fall 2018

Denise Frazier
Graduate Student
Anthropology

Alex Friedl
Graduate Student
Anthropology

Edwin Harris
Graduate Student
Anthropology

Lucy Steele
Graduate Student
Anthropology

Nick Simpson
Graduate Student
Anthropology

Celena Westberry
Graduate Student
Anthropology