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 Left Coast Press.
Dr. Lovata is on leave for the Spring Semester, 2016 and will return to the classroom and the office in the Fall.
Courses from the Fall Semester, 2015:
UHON 121-022 The Legacy of Exploration: Explorers of Mountains
UHON 299/399/499 Independent Study
UHON 401-005 The Archaeology of Trails and the Anthropology of Place
UHON 493-006 Honors Senior Teaching
Special Senior Honors Thesis Defense Instructions for Students