Dr. Troy Lovata is a tenured, Associate Professor in the interdisciplinary Honors College at the University of New Mexico. He was trained as an Anthropologist and Archaeologist (Ph.D., M.A. The University of Texas; B.A. Colorado State University) and much of his work has focused on non-textual forms of presentation, the social role of material culture, and cultural landscapes. Recent research and teaching includes: the examination of monuments and public displays from ancient megaliths to contemporary public art to Hispanic graffiti; mapping and interpreting arborglyphs and culturally modified trees; the archaeology of trails and walking; the study of people, especially Hispanics, and the sense of place in mountain landscapes; and the visual presentations of the past from comic books and zines to tourist attractions and archaeological hoaxes. He has led research projects in the US Rocky Mountains and Great Plains and Ecuador; and has led study abroad and research courses in Ecuador, China, Egypt, Kazakhstan, and Spain. His books, Inauthentic Archaeologies: Public Uses and Abuses of the Past and (with Elizabeth Olton) Understanding Graffiti: From Prehistory to Present, are available from Routledge (formerly Left Coast Press).
Courses for the Spring Semester, 2017:
UHON 121-002 The Legacy of Exploration: Explorers of Mountains
UHON 204-004 Privileging The Past: The Individual & The Collective
Special Senior Honors Thesis Defense Instructions for Students