CHASE, DIANE Z. / Anthropology / Researchers

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Anthropology / CHASE, DIANE Z.


Caracol Archaeological Project

Professor in the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at the University of Central Florida and co-director for the Caracol Archaeological Project in Belize.

Member of the American Anthropological Association, the Sociedad Española de Estudios Mayas, and the Society for American Archaeology.

Research interests

Anthropological Archaeology; Complex Societies; History and Archaeology; Mortuary Analysis; Contextual Analysis; Mesoamerica; Maya

Prizes and awards

2009 Elected as a Fellow in the American Association for the Advancement of Science.
2006 Research Incentive Award for excellence in research.
2004 Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi honor society.
2003 Awarded the status of Pegasus Professor, UCF’s highest faculty honor, for continued excellence in
research, teaching, and service.
2001 Research Incentive Award for excellence in research.
1999-2001 Distinguished Lecturer for Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Association).
1998 Teaching Incentive Program Award for excellence in teaching.
1998 “Web Site Excellence – Anthropology” Award for (see
1995-present Co-Beneficiary (with Arlen F. Chase) of the Trevor Colbourn Endowment (University of Central
1994 Teaching Incentive Program Award for excellence in teaching.
1987 Elected to \"Quill\" (University of Central Florida\'s literary society).


She has authored more than 125 publications as well as Investigations at the Classic Maya City of Caracol Belize: 1985-1987 (1987; with A. F. Chase), A postclassic Perspective: Excavations at the Maya Site of Santa Rita Corozal, Belize (1988; with A.F. Chase), Mesoamerican Elites: An Archaeological Assessment (1992; with A.F. Chase), and Studies in the Archaeology of Caracol, Belize (1994; edited with A.F. Chase). She is currently working on a book, being co-authored with A.F. Chase, called Maya Archaeology: Reconstructing an Ancient Civilization. With A.F. Chase, she also serves as the Maya Studies Series Editor for the University Press of Florida.

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