Antonia Foias

Chair and Professor of Anthropology
Hollander Hall Rm 309


B.A. Harvard University (1987)
Ph.D. Vanderbilt University, Anthropology (1996)

Areas of Expertise


  • Archaeology
  • Cultural evolution
  • Ceramic analysis
  • Pottery producion and exchange
  • Archaeometry
  • Mesoamerica & South America, especially Maya


Note: courses in gray are not offered this academic year.

ANTH 103

Pyramids, Bones, and Sherds: What is Archaeology?

ANTH 214 / ENVI 224

The Rise and Fall of Civilizations

ANTH 216 T / GBST 216(S)

Urbanism in the Ancient World

ANTH 219 / ARTH 209

The Art and Archeology of Maya Civilization: A Marriage Made in Xibalba

ARTH 281 / REL 280 / ANTH 281(F)

The Seeds of Divinity: Exploring Precolumbian Art & Civilization in a Museum Exhibit

ANTH 324

Empires of Antiquity

ANSO 402(S)

Senior Seminar

Scholarship/Creative Work

Website, Motul de San José Archaeological Project
Reseach opportunities for Williams students


  • “Mesoamerican Horizons and the Cultural Transformation of Maya Civilization.” In: Latin American Horizons: Symposium at Dumbarton Oaks, 11-12 October 1986. Ed. D. Rice. Washington, DC: Dumbarton Oaks, 1993.
  • “Changing Ceramic Production and Exchange in the Petexbatun Region, Guatemala: Reconsidering the Classic Maya Collapse.” Ancient Mesoamerica, 1997 [Co-authored with R. L. Bishop].
  • “La Vida a la Orilla del Colapso: Resultados de la Primera Temporada del Proyecto Arqueologico La Amelia, Peten.” Utz’ib 2(5): 1-19. Asociacion Tikal, Guatemala City, 1998.
  • “Kaminaljuú.” In The Oxford Encyclopedia of Mesoamerican Cultures, ed. by David Carrasco and William Fash. Oxford University Press, New York, 2000.
  • Terminal Classic Socioeconomic Processes in the Maya Lowlands through a Ceramic Lens. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, in preparation [co-edited with Sandra L. Lopez Varela].
  • “At the Crossroads: The Economic Basis of Political Power in the Petexbatun Region, Southwest Peten, Guatemala.” Ancient Maya Political Economy, edited by M. Masson and D. Freidel. Rowman & Littlefield, 2002.
  • “Sherds and Glyphs: Pottery Production and Exchange at the Twin Capitals of the Petexbatun Polity, Peten, Guatemala.” Pottery Economies in Mesoamerica: Integrated Approaches, edited by C. Poole and G. Bey, University of Arizona Press. [with Ronald L. Bishop], in preparation.
  • Ceramics, Production and Exchange in the Petexbatun Region: The Economic Parameters of the Classic Maya Collapse. VIMA Petexbatun Monograph Series. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, in press [with contributions by Ronald L. Bishop].