Marcie L. Venter
Department of Geosciences, Archaeology Program
Murray State University
United States of America
I study the dynamics of ancient states and empires, specifically the ways that frontier communities interact with state actors during expansion. My methodological expertise includes ceramic analysis and historical research, and I incorporate remote sensing and other cutting edge technologies in my work. I am especially fascinated by changes that occurred in ancient Mexico during Aztec imperial expansion, and how indigenous, Spanish, and African populations sorted out a new dynamic during the colonial era. My interests in frontier engagements also extend to the Caribbean, where I have conducted work in Trinidad and Tobago, and where I am planning an archaeological field school in Jamaica (2018-2019 AY). I am also interested in the Contact Era of the Eastern US following the Revolutionary War and migration across the Appalachian frontier. Other Interests: Human-environmental interactions; Technological Choice and Change; Heritage Management and Tourism; Ethnohistory.
Political Economy, Borderland Interactions, Culture Change, Ceramic Ecology, Ethnohistory, Remote Sensing Applications in Archaeology
Venter ML. Aztec Provinces of the Gulf Lowlands. InThe Oxford Handbook of the Aztecs.
Venter ML, Lopinot NH, Ferguson JR, Glascock MD. Ceramic Production and Interaction in the Northern Range of Trinidad. The Journal of Island and Coastal Archaeology. 2017 Mar 1:1-21.