Sociology and Anthropology
College of Humanities and Social Sciences

Justin Patrick Lowry

Justin Patrick Lowry

Justin Patrick Lowry

Anthropology: Maya archaeology, Central American archaeology, trade in the ancient world, ancient land use, GIS in archaeology

Dr. Lowry is a specialist in spatial analysis of Social Phenomenon. His research takes the Anthropological perspective, using cross-cultural understandings, to shed new light on the studies of migration and immigration in the ancient and modern world. He is currently a post-doctoral fellow at the Institute for Immigration Research, where he directs research projects that help to elucidate the relationship between immigrants and the United States economy.

Additionally, his experience in Maya and Central American archaeology focuses on the impact of trade in the ancient world and on the early development of economic hierarchies. His research is informed by an active field project at the site of Chiquilistagua, Managua, Nicaragua. Using GIS, he hopes to create a better understanding of the economic and social networks that existed in the ancient world. His current work with colleagues on obsidian sourcing in Nicaragua has allowed him to better characterize trade relationships between Central America and the Maya to the north. Using a combination of field and laboratory methods allow Dr. Lowry to study the ancient world, while teaching students about the process of research in archaeology. He frequently takes students on his field project in Nicaragua and on trips to see archaeological sites in Peru.

Selected Publications

2014 Bonomo, M. F., Lowry, J. P., Tykot, R. H., & Gifford, J. A. “An Exploratory Non‚ÄźDestructive Provenance Analysis of Two Middle Archaic Greenstone Pendants from Little Salt Spring, Florida, USA”. Geoarchaeology, 29(2), 121-137.

2011 Ardren, T., and Justin P. Lowry. “The travels of Maya merchants in the ninth and tenth centuries AD: investigations at Xuenkal and the Greater Cupul Province, Yucatan, Mexico.” World Archaeology 43(03):428-443.

Courses Taught

ANTH 114 Introduction to Cultural Anthropology
ANTH 120 Introduction to Archaeology
ANTH 135 Introduction to Physical/Biological Anthropology
ANTH 396 Mapping Cultures (Undergraduate Level)
ANTH 430 Research Methods in Archaeology
ANTH 495 Internship in Anthropology
ANTH 699 Mapping Culture (Graduate Level)

Center for Global Education: Summer Archaeology in Nicaragua
Center for Global Education: Winter in Peru