Maxime Lamoureux-St-Hilaire

Assistant Professor of Anthropology (Archaeology)
Editor-in-Chief, The Mayanist

Office: B349E
Phone: 403-440-6134


Ph.D. Tulane University, Dept. of Anthropology (Archaeology), 2018
Palatial Politics: The Classic Maya Royal Court of La Corona, Guatemala.
M.A. Trent University, Dept. of Anthropology (Archaeology), 2011
The Last Inhabitants of Minanha, Belize: Examining the Differential Abandonment of an Ancient Maya Community.
B.Sc. Université de Montréal, Dept. of Anthropology (Archaeology), 2008


Research interests:

Ancient foodways and governments, Maya civilization, Indigenous archaeology, community-based participatory research in anthropology, political landscapes, GIS, slow archaeology, settlement abandonment, geoarchaeology, historical archaeology, (ethno)history, epigraphy, ceramic analysis, museum collections, photography, illustration.

Research activities:

Dr. Lamoureux-St-Hilaire is a settler scholar who has led most of his archaeological work in the Maya world (Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, and Honduras). He is currently dedicating himself to collaboration with a community in Guatemala to slowly build a collaborative and community-engaged anthropological archaeology project. Dr. Lamoureux-St-Hilaire is also engaged with researching and publishing on questions of political organization in the Classic Maya lowlands and beyond. As Editor-in-Chief of the peer-reviewed, open-access, and bilingual journal The Mayanist, Dr. Lamoureux-St-Hilaire aims to elevate diverse voices in academic literature centered in the Maya World.

Teaching interests:

Introduction to archaeology; Methods and theories in archaeology; Ethical archaeological practices; GIS; Maya civilization; Ancient food and foodways; Ancient politics.

Selected publications:

Lamoureux-St-Hilaire, Maxime and Scott Macrae [editors]
2020    Detachment from Place: Beyond an Archaeology of Settlement Abandonment. University Press of Colorado, Louisville.

Lamoureux-St-Hilaire, Maxime
2020    Talking Feasts: Classic Maya Commensal Politics. In Her Cup for Sweet Cacao: The Social Uses of Food in Ancient Maya Society, edited by Traci Ardren, pp. 243-273. University Press of Texas, Austin.

Lamoureux-St-Hilaire, Maxime and Andrew Snetsinger
2020    Explaining Variability in On-Floor Assemblages: The Behavioral-Contextual Method. Ancient Mesoamerica 31(1):99-108.

Lamoureux-St-Hilaire, Maxime
2020    Comparative Approaches and Analogical Reasoning for Mayanists : Where to Go? The SAA Archaeological Record 20(1):8-13.

Lamoureux-St-Hilaire Maxime, Marcello A. Canuto, E. Christian. Wells, Clarissa Cagnato,
Tomas Barrientos Q.
2019    Ancillary Economic Activities in a Classic Maya Regal Palace: A Multi-Proxy Approach. Geoarchaeology 34(6):768-782.

McAnany, Patricia and Maxime Lamoureux-St-Hilaire
2017    The Fragility of Political Experimentation from the perspective of Classic Maya Cities. In Crisis to Collapse: The Archaeology of Social Breakdown, edited by Jan Driessen, pp.305-314. AEGIS publications, Louvain, Belgium.

McAnany, Patricia, Jeremy Sabloff, Maxime Lamoureux-St-Hilaire, and Gyles Iannone
2016    Leaving Classic Maya Cities: Agent-based Modeling and the Dynamics of Diaspora. In Social Theory in Archaeology and Ancient History: The Present and Future of Counter-narratives, edited by Geoffrey Emberling, pp.259-290. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge.

Lamoureux-St-Hilaire, Maxime, Scott Macrae, Carmen McCane, Evan Parker, and Gyles Iannone
2015    The Last Groups Standing: Living Abandonment at the Ancient Maya Center of Minanha, Belize. Latin American Antiquity 26(4):550-569.