Joel Palka

Professor of LALS and Anthropology

Curriculum Vitae

Professor Joel Palka's research interests include Maya archaeology, Maya art and hieroglyphic writing, historical archaeology, ethnohistory, and cross-cultural interaction and social change. He is the author of Unconquered Lacandon Maya: Ethnohistory and Archaeology of Indigenous Culture Change, Historical Dictionary of Ancient Mesoamerica, and several articles, book chapters, book reviews, and encyclopedia entries. Palka currently co-directs the Lake Mensabak Archaeological Project in Chiapas, Mexico, with Professor R. Jon McGee (Texas State University) and Fabiola Sánchez Balderas (President, Proyecto Xanvil). This multi-disciplinary project, which is partially funded by the National Geographic Society, examines Maya culture change in the frontier of the Spanish empire and traces the origins of the Lacandon Maya. 

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Contact Information

Office: 1515 UH, MC 219
Phone: 312-413-3570