Thomas Garrison

Thomas Garrison

Assistant Professor, Department of Anthropology
Faculty, School of Humanities and Sciences

Specialty:Archaeology; The Maya and Mesoamerica; GIS and Remote Sensing
Phone:(607) 274-1735
E-mail:tgarrison1@ithaca.edu
Office:G128 Gannett Center
Ithaca, NY 14850

I am a Maya archaeologist with a specialty in the application of digital technologies to the archaeological record. I currently direct an international, multidisciplinary research project in the San Miguel la Palotada Biotope in Guatemala, including archaeological sites like El Zotz, El Palmar, Bejucal, and La Cuernavilla. The project takes a regional, landscape approach to look at how settlement decisions changed through time. I am also on the archaeological advisory committee for the PACUNAM LiDAR initiative. The PACUNAM foundation has funded the acquisition of the largest LiDAR data set ever obtained for archaeological research. This technology allows scholars to digitally remove the jungle from the landscape, revealing the ancient Maya world underneath.

I teach a number of courses at IC, including: World Archaeology, Settlement Patterns and Landscapes, The Mysterious Maya, and GIS and Remote Sensing for Archaeology.

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