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 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 megaliths to public art to graffiti; mapping and interpreting arborglyphs and culturally modified trees; the archaeology of walking and trails; work with adobe construction; the study of people and the sense of place in mountain landscapes; and archaeology comic books. 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 from the Fall Semester, 2016:
UHON 301-011 Artifact and Image
UHON 401-001 The Archaeology of Trails and Anthropology of Place
Special Senior Honors Thesis Defense Instructions for Students