Christopher Schwartz is a doctoral student and teaching associate specializing in the archaeology of North America. His research interests include better understanding the long-distance exchange and interaction between pre-Hispanic societies of Mesoamerica and the US Southwest and how past humans interacted with animals, especially in religion and ritual. He is also interested in archaeological applications of isotope biogeochemistry, and has worked for the last two years in the Archaeological Chemistry Laboratory.
His work as a research associate on the Connections Research Project focuses on database creation and management for the documentation of nonlocal and Mesoamerican-like objects in northwest Mexico and the US Southwest. In this role, he has explored how leaders manipulate local and distant social connections to establish and maintain sociopolitical institutions. He earned his master’s and bachelor’s degrees in anthropology at Arizona State University.
Archaeology of Ritual, Mesoamerican Archaeology, Zooarchaeology, Ritual Economy, Inter-Regional Exchange, Human Interaction with the Environment
Archaeology Southwest, Arizona Archeological and Historical Society, Society for American Archaeology
President, Association of All Graduate Students of SHESC (2017-2018)
Vice President, Association of All Graduate Students of SHESC (2016-2017)
Archaeology Approach Representative, Association of All Graduate Students of SHESC (2015-2016)