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Dr. Janine GascoDr. Janine Gasco
Anthropology Dept.


Ph.D., 1987, University of California, Santa Barbara (Anthropology)
M.A., 1982, University of California, Santa Barbara
B.A., 1977, University of California, Santa Barbara


Ancient Civilizations of Mexico and Guatemala
Native Cultures of Mexico and Central America
North American Indians
Proseminar in Anthropology
Ancient Civilizations
Introduction to Biological Anthropology       

Professional Interests

Historical Anthropology of Mesoamerica
Mesoamerican Prehistory
Ecological Anthropology
Economic Anthropology

Selected Publications

2011   Prehistoric Settlement on the South Pacific Coast of Chiapas, Mexico.  Co-authored with
Barbara Voorhies and Paul Cackler.  Papers of the New World Archaeological Foundation,

2007   The Legacy of Mesoamerica:  History and Culture of a Native American Civilization, 2nd
edition.  Co-  edited with Robert M. Carmack and Gary H. Gossen.   Prentice-Hall.

2004   Postclassic Soconusco Society:  The Late Prehistory of the Coast of Chiapas, Mexico.  Co-
authored with Barbara Voorhies.  Institute for Mesoamerican Studies, State University of
New York

1997   Approaches to Historical Archaeology in Middle and South America.  Co-edited with Greg
Smith and Patricia Fournier-García.   Institute of Archaeology, UCLA.  

2008   ‘Le da alegría tener flores’: Homegardens in the Soconusco Region of Chiapas, Mexico.
Journal of Ethnobiology 28(2):259-277.

2006   Beyond the Indio-Ladino Dichotomy: Shifting Identities in Colonial Chiapas. In New
World, First Nations: Native Peoples of Mesoamerica and the Andes under Colonial Rule.
D.Cahil  and B. Tovias, eds. Sussex Academic Press.

2006   Soconusco Cacao Farmers Past and Present.  In The Origins of Chocolate: Cacao in the
 Americas.  C. McNeil, ed. University of Florida Press.

2005   Spanish Colonialism and Processes of Social Change in Mesoamerica. In The Archaeology
of Colonial Encounters: Comparative Perspectives.  G. Stein, ed. School of American
Research Advanced Seminar Series.

2005  The Consequences of Spanish Colonial Rule for the Indigenous Peoples of Chiapas,
Mexico. In The Transformation from Postclassic to Colonial Periods in Mesoamerica, R.
Alexander and S.  Kepecs, eds.  University of New Mexico Press.

2003    Soconusco.  In The Postclassic Mesoamerican World.  Michael E. Smith and Frances F.
Berdan, eds.  University of Utah Press, Salt Lake City.

2001    Mixe and Maya: A Comparative Demographic History of the Native Populations of
Soconusco and Suchitepequez.  In The Past and Present Maya: Essays in Honor of Robert
 M. Carmack, J. Weeks, ed. Labyrinthos Press, Lancaster, CA.

1997    Consolidation of the Colonial Regime:  Native Society in Western Central America.
HistoricalArchaeology 31(1):55-63.

1996    Cacao and Economic Inequality in Colonial Soconusco, Chiapas, Mexico.  Journal of
Anthropological Research Vol. 52(4):385-409.

1993    Socioeconomic Change within Native Society in Colonial Soconusco, New Spain.  In
Ethnohistory and Archaeology:  Approaches to Postcontact Change in the Americas,
D. Rogers and S. Wilson, eds.  Plenum Press, New York.

1992    Material Culture and Colonial Indian Society in Southern Mesoamerica:  The View from
Coastal Chiapas, Mexico.  Historical Archaeology Vol. 26:67-74.

1990    Mexico's Crown Colony of Cacao. Archaeology Vol 43. No. 5:62-64.  (co-authored with
Jerry D. Moore).

1990    Perishable Structures and Serial Dwellings from Coastal Chiapas:  Implications for the
Archaeology of Households. Ancient Mesoamerica Vol. 1 No. 2:205-212 (co-authored
with Jerry D. Moore).

1989    Economic History of Ocelocalco, a Colonial Soconusco Town.  In Ancient Trade and
 Tribute:Economies of the Soconusco Region of Mesoamerica, B. Voorhies, ed. University
of Utah Press.

1987    Economic Organization in Colonial Soconusco, New Spain:  Local and External Influences.
Research in Economic Anthropology, Vol. 8.  B. Isaac, ed.

Professional Affiliations

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Society for Applied Anthropology
  •  Society for American Archaeology
  • American Society for Ethnohistory