Keith Malcolm Prufer
Department of Anthropology - University of New Mexico

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Brady, James E. and Keith M. Prufer (editors) 2005
In The Maw of the Earth Monster: Studies of Mesoamerican Ritual Cave Use.  Linda Schele Series in Precolumbian Art and Archaeology, University of Texas Press.

Keith M. Prufer and James E. Brady (editors) 2005
Stone Houses and Earth Lords: Maya Religion in the Cave Context. David Carasco Series Mesoamerican Worlds, University Press of Colorado.

RECENT JOURNAL ARTICLES AND BOOK CHAPTERS

Ridley, H. E., J. U.L. Baldini, K.M. Prufer, I.W. Walczak, S.F.M. Breitenbach. High resolution monitoring of a tropical cave system reveals dynamic ventilation and hydrologic resilience to seismic activity Journal of Cave and Karst Studies In Press

Prufer, K.M., A. E. Thompson, D. J. Kennett.  Evaluating Airborne LiDAR for Detecting Settlements and Modified Landscapes in Disturbed Tropical Environments at Uxbenká, Belize.  Journal of Archaeological Science.  In Press

Ridley, H. Y. Asmerom, S. Breitenbach, V. Aquino, K. Prufer, B. Culleton, V. Polyak, F. Lechleitner, D.J. Kennett, M. Zhang , N. Marwan, C. Macpherson, L. Baldini, T. Xiao, J. Awe, G. Haug Anthropogenic forcing of intertropical convergence zone position.  Nature Geosciences, 8(2) 2015

Ebert, C E., K. M. Prufer, M. J. Macri, B. Winterhalder, D. J. Kennett.  Terminal Long Count Dates and the Disintegration of Classic Period Maya Polities. Ancient Mesoamerica, 2014

Walsh, M., K.M. Prufer, B.J. Culleton, and D.J. Kennett.  A late Holocene paleoenvironmental reconstruction from Agua Caliente, southern Belize, linked to cultural change at the Maya polity of Uxbenká.  Quaternary Research, 2014.

Nazaroff, A. J, A. Baysal, Y. Çiftçi, & K. M. Prufer.  Resilience or Redundance? Resource Networks and the Neolithic Chert Economy at Çatalhöyük, Turkey. European Journal of Archaeology.  2014 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1179/1461957114Y.0000000081

Prufer, Keith and Amy Thompson.  Settlement History at Uxbenka: Dispersal and Growth in a Regional Polity.  Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology, 11, 2014

Chase, A. F., L. J. Lucero, V. L. Scarborough, D. Z. Chase, R. Cobos, N. Dunning, J. Gunn, S. Fedick, V. Fialko, M. Hegmon, G. Iannone, D. L. Lentz, R. Liendo, K. Prufer, J. A. Sabloff, J. Tainter, F. Valdez, Jr., and S. van der Leeuw.  2014 Tropical Landscapes and the Ancient Maya: Diversity in Time and Space, in A.F. Chase and V.L. Scarborough, Eds., The Resilience and Vulnerability of Ancient Landscapes: Transforming Maya Archaeology through IHOPE, AP3A Paper 24(1), pp. 11-29, American Anthropological Association, Arlington, VA. 2014

Iannone, G., K. M. Prufer, and D. Z. Chase. 2014 Resilience and Vulnerability in the Maya Hinterlands. In The Resilience and Vulnerability of Ancient Landscapes: Transforming Maya Archaeology through IHOPE. AP3A Paper 24(1) pp. 155-170 American Anthropological Association, Arlington, VA. 2014

Prufer, Olaf H. and Keith M. Prufer, Caves and Rockshelters in Ohio. In Journeys into the Dark Zone: A Cross Cultural Perspective on Caves as Sacred Spaces, H. Moyes, editor. University Press of Colorado, Boulder, 2013

Moyes, H. and K. M. Prufer.  The Geopolitics of Emerging Maya Rulers: A Case Study of Kayuko Naj Tunich, a Foundational Shrine at Uxbenká, Southern Belize. Journal of Anthropological Research, 62(2): 225-248, 2013

Thompson, A., K. M. Prufer.  Shifting Dynamics in the use of Space at Uxbenká.  Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology, 10: 2013

Aquino, V. V., K. M. Prufer, and D. J. Kennett.  A Re-evaluation of Site Core Occupation at Uxbenká. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology, 10: 2013

Kennett, D. J., S. F. M. Breitenbach, V. V. Aquino, Y. Asmerom, J. Awe, J. U.L. Baldini, P. Bartlein, B. J. Culleton, C. Ebert, C. Jazwa, M. J. Macri, N. Marwan, V. Polyak, K. M. Prufer, H. E. Ridley, H. Sodemann, B. Winterhalder, G. H. Haug. Development and Disintegration of Maya Political Systems in Response to Climate Change. Science. 338: 788-791, 2012

Breitenbach, S. F. M., K. Rehfeld, B. Goswam, J. U. L. Baldini, H. E. Ridley, D. Kennett, K.M. Prufer, V. V. Aquino, Y. Asmerom, V. J. Polyak, H. Cheng, J. Kurths, and N. Marwan.  Constructing Proxy Age-Models (COPRA).  Climate of the Past 8: 1765-1779, 2012

Culleton, B., K. M. Prufer, and D. J. Kennett. A Bayesian AMS 14C Chronology of the Classic Maya Urban Center of Uxbenká, Belize.  Journal of Archaeological Science. 39: 1572-1586, 2012

Trask, W. R., L. Wright and K. M. Prufer. Isotopic evidence for migration and subsistence in the Southeastern Maya periphery: Preliminary evidence from Uxbenká, Toledo District, Belize. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 9: 61-75, 2012

Kalosky, E. and K. M. Prufer. Recent results of settlement survey and hinterland household excavations at the classic period site of Uxbenká, Toledo district, Belize.  Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 9: 255-276 2012. 

Ebert, C., K. M. Prufer, and D. J. Kennett. Maya Monuments and Spatial Statistics: a GIS-Based Examination of the Terminal Classic Period Maya Collapse. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 9: 91-107  2012.

Prufer, K. M., H. Moyes, B.J. Culleton, A. Kindon, and D. Kennett
Uxbenká: The Development of a Complex Polity in the Eastern Periphery of the Maya Lowlands, Latin American Antiquity 22(2): 199-223. 2011

Prufer, K. M., D. J. Kennett, and B. J. Culleton.  A Preliminary AMS Radiocarbon Guided Chronology for the Development of the Uxbenká Polity in Southern Belize.  Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 8: 121-136, 2011

Kalosky, E. and K. M. Prufer. Settlement and Society at Uxbenká: the Uxbenká Archaeological Project Settlement Survey.  Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 7: 229-244, 2010

Nazaroff, A. J. K. M. Prufer, and B. L. Drake 2009
Assessing the Applicability of Portable X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry for Obsidian Provenance Research in the Maya Lowlands.  Journal of Archaeological Science 2010

Prufer, K. M. and P. S. Dunham 2009
A Shaman’s Burial from an Early Classic Cave in Maya Mountains, invited contribution to special issue of World Archaeology edited by Joao Zilhao 41(2)

B. L. Drake, A. J. Nazaroff, K. M. Prufer 2009
Error Assessment of Portable X-Ray Florescence Spectrometry in Geochemical Sourcing. Society for Archaeological Sciences Bulletin 32(3): 14-17

Braswell, G. and K. M. Prufer 2009
Political Organization and Interaction in Southern Belize, Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 6: 43-55

Moyes, H. and K. M. Prufer 2009
The Archaeology of Kayuko Naj Tunich Cave. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 6: 191-199

Prufer, K. M, A. Kindon, and D. J. Kennett 2008
Uxbenká and the Foundation of Sedentary Communities in Southern Belize.  Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 5: 241-250.

Prufer, K. M. and W. J. Hurst 2007
Chocolate and the Underworld Space of Death:  The Recovery of Intact Cacao from an Early Classic Mortuary Cave. Ethnohistory 54(2):  273-303.

Prufer, K. M., A. Kindon, and P. Wanyerka 2006 
Mapping Uxbenká: Site Settlement in the Rio Blanco Valley, Belize.  In Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology, 2006, J. Morris and J. Awe, editors. Institute of Archaeology, Belmopan, Belize.

Prufer, K. M. and P. Wanyerka 2006
A New Early Classic Monument from Uxbenká. Mexicon   

Prufer, K. M. 2005
The Early Classic in Southern Belize: A Regional View from Uxbenká and Ek Xux. In Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology:  Investigations in the Eastern Lowlands.  J. Morris and J. Awe, editors. pp.169-178, Institute of Archaeology, Belmopan, Belize.          

Prufer, K. M. 2005
Shamans, Caves, and the Roles of Ritual Specialists in Maya Society.  In: In The Maw of the Earth Monster: Studies of Mesoamerican Ritual Cave Use, James E. Brady and Keith M. Prufer, editors, pp.186-222, University of Texas Press, Austin.

Prufer, K. M. and J. E. Brady 2005
Introduction: Religion and the Role of Caves in Lowland Maya Archaeology.  In Keith M. Prufer and James Brady, editors Stone Houses and Earth Lords: Maya Religion in the Cave Context University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

Prufer, K. M. and J. E. Brady 2005
Concluding Comments.  In: In The Maw of the Earth Monster: Studies of Mesoamerican Ritual Cave Use, James E. Brady and Keith M. Prufer, editors, pp. 403-412, University of Texas Press, Austin.

Prufer, K. M. and A. Kindon 2005
Replicating the Sacred Landscape: The Ch’een at Muklebal Tzul.In Keith M. Prufer and James Brady, editors Stone Houses and Earth Lords: Maya Religion in the Cave Context, University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

Brady, J. E. and K. M. Prufer 2005
Introduction: A History of Mesoamerican Cave Interpretation.  In: In The Maw of the Earth Monster: Studies of Mesoamerican Ritual Cave Use, James E. Brady and Keith M. Prufer, editors, pp. 1-18, University of Texas Press, Austin.

Brady, J. E. and K. M. Prufer 2005
Synthesis and Concluding Comments. In Keith M. Prufer and James Brady, editors Stone Houses and Earth Lords: Maya Religion in the Cave Context, University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

Morehart, C., D. Lentz, and K. M. Prufer 2005
Wood of the Gods: The Ritual Use of Pine (Pinus sp.) by the Ancient Lowland Maya. Latin American Antiquity 16(3): 255-274

Saul, J., K. M. Prufer, and F. Saul 2005
Osteobiographical Studies of a Skeletal Population from Settlement Rockshelters in the Ek Xux Valley, Belize. In Keith M. Prufer and James Brady, editors Stone Houses and Earth Lords: Maya Religion in the Cave Context University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

Prufer, K. M., P. Wanyerka, and M. Shah 2003
Wood Figurines, Manikin Scepters, and Religious Specialists in Ancient Maya Society.  Ancient Mesoamerica 14(2): 218-236.

Halperin, C. T., S. Garza, K.M. Prufer and J. E. Brady 2003
Evidence for the Ritual Use of Jute by the Ancient Maya. Latin American Antiquity 14(3): 207-219.

Brady, J. E. and K. M. Prufer 1999
Caves and Crystalmancy: Evidence for the Use of Crystals in Ancient Maya Religion.  Journal of Anthropological Research 55(1): 129-144.

Dunham, P. S. and K. M. Prufer 1998
En la Cumbre del Clásico: Descubrimientos Recientes en la Montaña Maya en el Sur de Belice. In XI Simposio de Investigationes Arqueológicas en Guatemala. (Juan Pedro Laporte and Héctor L. Escobedo, editors), pp. 165-170. Guatemala City: Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes, Instituto de Antropología e Historia y Asociación Tikal.