Dr. Troy Lovata is a tenured, Associate Professor in the 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 research has focused on non-textual forms of presentation and the social role of material culture. Recent research and teaching includes: the examination of monuments and public displays from megaliths to public art to graffiti; the archaeology of walking; work with adobe construction; the study of people and the sense of place in mountain landscapes; and mapping and interpreting culturally modified trees. He has worked with research projects in the US Rocky Mountains and Great Plains and with study abroad courses in Ecuador, China, Egypt, Kazakhstan, and Spain. He is also the recipient of competitive funding to run, with co-director Dr. Michael Thomas, an Honors International Research Institute for Undergraduate Research Fellows in Ecuador during 2014. His book, Inauthentic Archaeologies: Public Uses and Abuses of the Past, is available from Left Coast Press.
Courses for the Fall Semester, 2014:
UHON 301&399 Field Studies Andes: Pathways From the Past to the Present
UHON 402 The Archaeology of Trails and the Anthropology of Place
UHON 299/399/499 Independent Study
Special Senior Honors Thesis Defense Instructions for Students