Cynthia Robin

  • 517 Citations
1990 …2020

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Professor Robin is an anthropological archaeologist who specializes in the study of the everyday lives of ordinary people in ancient Maya society.  Her research has paid particular attention to household and gender relations. By documenting archaeologically how ordinary people make a difference in the past, we become aware that people are not the mere pawns of history or prehistory. Since 2001 Robin has led an international multi-disciplinary team that is studying the 2000 year history of the ancient Maya farming community of Chan in Belize. Chan’s occupation spans the periods of the rise and fall of pre-Columbian Maya civilization, making Chan an ideal place not only to learn about Maya farmers, but also to explore how ordinary life affected and was affected by broader changes in a society.

Education/Academic qualification

Anthropology, PhD, University of Pennsylvania

… → 1999

Archaeology, BA, Rutgers - The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick

… → 1988

Research interests

  • Household archaeology
  • Mesoamerica
  • Pre-Columbian Maya civilization

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    Ordinary people and east-west symbolism

    Robin, C., Jan 1 2017, Maya E Groups: Calendars, Astronomy, and Urbanism in the Early Lowlands. University Press of Florida, p. 361-385 25 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    Neither dopes nor dupes: Maya farmers and ideology

    Robin, C., Jan 1 2016, In : Ancient Mesoamerica. 27, 1, p. 221-230 10 p.

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  • 7 Scopus citations

    A mesoamerican perspective on old world household studies in complex societies: (Micro) Archaeological and Textual Approaches

    Robin, C., 2015, Household Studies in Complex Societies: (Micro) Archaeological and Textual Approaches. Müller, M. (ed.). Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago, (Oriental Institute Seminars)(Oriental Institute Seminars; no. Ch 20).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    A Tropical Rainforest Site in Belize: Field Archaeology from Around the World: Ideas and Approaches

    Robin, C., 2015, A Tropical Rainforest Site in Belize. Carver, M., Gaydarska, B. & Monton-Subias, S. (eds.). 1st edition ed. Switzerland: Springer International Publishing, p. 115-117

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

    A tropical rain forest site in Belize

    Robin, C., Jan 1 2015, Field Archaeology from Around the World: Ideas and Approaches. Springer International Publishing, p. 115-117 3 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter