Project Bibliography

Forthcoming

Wrobel, Gabriel D., Shawn G. Morton, & Christopher R. Andres, eds. (2020) The Central Belize Archaeological Survey Project: A Report of the 2017 Field Season. Belize Archaeological Research and Education Foundation Occasional Report #6, East Lansing, MI.

2019

Morton, Shawn, Christopher Andres, & Gabriel Wrobel (2019) The Centre on the Edge: Polity Development on the Frontier of the Belize Valley. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 16: 201-209.

Stewart, Caitlin (2019) Minimum Number of Individuals: A Methodological Comparison using Human Remains from Caves Branch Rockshelter in the Cayo District of Belize. M.A. thesis, Department of Sociology and Anthropology, University of Mississippi, Oxford.

Wisner, Gavin B. (2019) A Zooarchaeological Analysis of Commingled Deposits at Caves Branch and Sapodilla Rockshelter in Central Belize. M.A. thesis, Department of Anthropology, Northern Arizona University, Flagstaff.

2018

Morton, Shawn G. (2018) Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Ancient Maya Underworld: Exploring the Rise and Fall of Maya Centres in Central Belize from the Cave ContextBAR International Series 2910. British Archaeological Reports Oxford Ltd.

Wrobel, Gabriel D., and Jack Biggs (2018) Osteophageous Insect Damage on Human Bone from Je’reftheel, a Maya Mortuary Cave Site in West-Central Belize. International Journal of Osteoarchaeology28(6): 745-756.

Wrobel, Gabriel D. (2018) Contexto y Significados De La Modificación Craneana En Belice Central: Interpretando Las Variaciones Entre Los Esqueletos Hallados En Cuevas Y Abrigos Rocosos. In Modificaciones Cefálicas Culturales en Mesoamérica. Una Perspectiva Continental, edited by Vera Tiesler and Carlos Serrano Sánchez, pp. 559-585. Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México and Universidad Autonoma de Yucatán, México.

Michael, Amy R., Gabriel D. Wrobel, & Jack Biggs (2018) Understanding Late Classic Maya Mortuary Ritual in Caves: Dental Evidence of Health from Macro- and Microscopic Defects and Caries. In Bioarchaeology of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica: An Interdisciplinary Approach, edited by Cathy Willermet & Andrea Cucina, pp. 133-158. University of Florida Press, Gainesville.

2017

Wrobel, Gabriel D., Carolyn Freiwald, Amy Michael, Christophe Helmke, Jaime J. Awe, Douglas J. Kennett, Sherry Gibbs, Josalyn M. Ferguson, & Cameron Griffith (2017) Social Identity and Geographic Origin of Maya Burials at Actun Uayazba Kab, Roaring Creek Valley, Belize. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 45: 98-114.

Andres, Christopher, Christophe Helmke, Shawn Morton, & Gabriel D. Wrobel (2017) Two Classsic Maya Ballplayer Panels from Tipan Chen Uitz, Belize. Antiquity 91(359): 1285-1298.

Wrobel, Gabriel D., Amy Michael, Jack Biggs, Christophe Helmke, Shawn Morton, & Christopher Andres (2017) Project Gallery: Mortuary Landscapes of the Maya of Central Belize. Antiquity 91(358).

Wrobel, Gabriel D., Shawn Morton, Amy R. Michael, Jack Biggs, & Christopher Andres (2017) The Current State of Research on Ancient Maya Rockshelter Use in Central Belize. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 14: 311-320.

Wrobel, Gabriel D., Shawn G. Morton, & Christopher R. Andres, eds. (2017) The Central Belize Archaeological Survey Project: A Report of the 2015 Field Season. Belize Archaeological Research and Education Foundation Occasional Report #5, East Lansing, MI.

2016

Michael, Amy R (2016) Histological Analysis of Dentition in Rockshelter Burials from Two Sites in Central Belize. Dental Anthropology 29(1): 32-40.

Michael, Amy Rachel (2016) Investigations of Micro- and Macroscopic Defects in Pre-Hispanic Maya Cave and Rockshelter Burials in Central Belize. Ph.D. dissertation, Michigan State University, East Lansing.

Shawn Morton, Gabriel Wrobel, Christopher Andres, Christophe Helmke, & Amy Michael (2016) The First Five Years of the Central Belize Archaeological Survey – Political and Economic Development. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 149-159.

Morgan Isaacs (2016) Fluorine Dating of Human Bone at the Pre-Columbian Maya Cemetery of Caves Branch Rockshelter, Belize. M.A. thesis, University of Mississippi, Oxford.

2015

Wrobel, Gabriel D., Shawn G. Morton, & Christopher R. Andres, eds. (2015) The Central Belize Archaeological Survey Project: A Report of the 2013 Field Season. Belize Archaeological Research and Education Foundation Occasional Report #4, East Lansing, MI.

Morton, Shawn Gregory (2015) Pahn-Ti-Pan: The Rise and Fall of Complex Socio-Political and Economic Systems as Attested in Subterranean Site Contexts of Central Belize, C.A.  Ph.D. dissertation. Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Calgary, Calgary.

Helmke, Christophe, Christopher R. Andres, Shawn G. Morton, & Gabriel D. Wrobel (2015) For Love of the Game: The Ballplayer Panels of Tipan Chen Uitz in Light of Late Classic Athletic Hegemony. The PARI Journal: A Quarterly Publication of the Pre-Columbian Art Research Institute 16(2): 1-30.

Helmke, Christophe, & Christopher R. Andres (2015) Discovery and Description of Monument 2 at Tipan Chen Uitz, Belize. Mexicon 37(5): 112-117.

Stemp, W. James, Gabriel D. Wrobel, Jessica Haley, & Jaime J. Awe (2015) Ancient Maya Stone Tools and Ritual Use of Deep Valley Rockshelter, Belize. Journal of Cave and Karst Studies 77(1): 1-11.

Morton, Shawn Gregory, Mari Isa, & Gabriel Wrobel (2015) Caves Were the Houses of the Earth Lord, Right?: Insight into the Domestic Economy of Central Belize from the Cave Context. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 12: 107-114.

2014

Wrobel, Gabriel D., Christophe G. B. Helmke, & Carolyn Freiwald (2014) A Case Study of Funerary Cave Use from Je’reftheel, Central Belize. In The Bioarchaeology of Space and Place: Ideology, Power and Meaning in Maya Mortuary Contexts, edited by Gabriel D. Wrobel, pp. 77-106. New York: Springer Press.

Wrobel, Gabriel (2014), A likely case of scurvy in a rural Early Classic Maya burial from Actun Uayazba Kab, Belize. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 155(3): 476-81.

Andres, Christopher, Christophe G. B. Helmke, Shawn G. Morton, Gabriel D. Wrobel, & Jason J. González (2014) Contextualizing the Glyphic Texts of Tipan Chen Uitz, Cayo District, Belize. Latin American Antiquity 25(1): 46-64.

Morton, Shawn G., Christopher R. Andres, & Gabriel D. Wrobel (2014) A Brief Flame Among the Embers: The florescence of a ‘frontier’ polity during the Classic Period collapse. In Climates of Change: The Shifting Environment of Archaeology, Proceedings of the 44th Annual Chacmool Conference, edited by Sheila Kulyk, Cara G. Tremain & Madeleine Sawyer, pp. 163-176. Chacmool Archaeological Association, University of Calgary, Calgary.*

2013

Wrobel, Gabriel D., Rebecca Shelton, Shawn Morton, Joshua Lynch, & Christopher Andres (2013) The View of Maya Mortuary Cave Ritual from Overlook Rockshelter (OVR), Caves Branch River Valley, Central Belize.Journal of Cave and Karst Studies 75(2): 126-135.

Stemp, W. James, Gabriel Wrobel, Jaime J. Awe, & Kelly M. Payeur (2013) Stir It Up, Little Darlin’: The Chipped Stone from Mixed Deposits from Caves Branch Rockshelter, Belize. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 37(1): 123-167.

Wrobel, Gabriel D., Shawn G. Morton, and Christopher R. Andres, eds. (2013) The Central Belize Archaeological Survey Project: A Report of the 2011 Field Season. Belize Archaeological Research and Education Foundation Occasional Report #3, East Lansing, MI.

2012

Helmke, Christophe G. B., Gabriel D. Wrobel, and Jaime J. Awe (2012) Je’reftheel, Roaring Creek Works, Belize. In Heart of Earth: Studies in Maya Ritual Cave Use, edited by James E. Brady, pp. 69-81. Bulletin 23, Association for Mexican Cave Studies, Austin.

Wrobel, Gabriel D., Christopher R. Andres, Shawn G. Morton, Rebecca Shelton, Amy Michael, and Christophe Helmke (2012) Ritual Landscapes of the Caves Branch River Valley. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 9: 233-244.

Morton, Shawn G., Christophe G. B. Helmke, and Jaime J. Awe (2012) Investigations at Actun Neko, Caves Branch River Valley, Belize. In Heart of Earth: Studies in Maya Ritual Cave Use, edited by James E. Brady, pp. 69-81. Bulletin 23, Association for Mexican Cave Studies, Austin.

2011

Andres, Christopher R., and Gabriel D. Wrobel, eds. (2010) The Caves Branch Archaeological Survey Project: A Report of the 2010 Field Season. Belize Archaeological Research and Education Foundation Occasional Report #2, Oxford, MS.

Andres, Christopher R., Gabriel D. Wrobel, Jason J. Gonzalez, Shawn G. Morton, and Rebecca Shelton (2011) Power and Status in Central Belize: Insights from the Caves Branch Archaeological Survey Project’s 2010 Field Season. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 8: 101-113.

2010

Andres, Christopher R., and Gabriel D. Wrobel, eds. (2010) The Caves Branch Archaeological Survey Project: A Report of the 2009 Field Season. Belize Archaeological Research and Education Foundation Occasional Report #1, Oxford, MS.

Andres, Christopher R., Gabriel D. Wrobel, and Shawn G. Morton (2010) Tipan Chen Uitz (“Fortress Mountain Well”): A Major “New” Maya Center in the Cayo District, Belize. Mexicon 32: 88-94.

Wrobel, Gabriel D., Christopher R. Andres, Shawn G. Morton and Rebecca Shelton (2010) An Introduction to the First Season of the Caves Branch Archaeological Survey. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 7: 73-84.

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The Caves Branch Archaeological Survey Project began as an outgrowth of the Belize Valley Reconnaissance (BVAR) project directed by Dr. Jaime Awe. All work done previous to the 2009 fieldseason is thus attributable to the BVAR project. We include it here as a resource for those wishing to learn more about archaeology in the Caves Branch River Valley.

2009
Haley, Jessica Hardy (2009) Understanding Functional and Symbolic Variation in Rockshelters of the Caves Branch River Valley of Western Belize, Central America. M.A. thesis, University of Mississippi, Oxford.

Wrobel, Gabriel D., Jillian Jordan, and Jessica Hardy (2009) Social and Political Transformations in the Caves Branch River Valley: Evidence from Natural and Constructed Ritual Environments. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 6: 199-207.

Kavountzis, Erol George (2009) Evaluating Cave Use Through Spatial Analysis of Animal Remains from Maya Caves in Guatemala and Belize. M.A. thesis, University of Florida, Gainesville.

2008
Jordan, Jillian (2008) Persistence in the Periphery: Archaeological Investigations at Baateelek, Caves Branch River Valley, Belize. M.A. thesis, University of Mississippi, Oxford.

Jordan, Jillian M. & Rafael A. Guerra (2008) Archaeological Investigations at Baateelek, Caves Branch River Valley, Cayo District, Belize. In The Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project: A Report of the 2007 Field Season, edited by Christophe Helmke and Jaime J. Awe, pp. 21-47. Belize Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History, Belmopan.

Morton, Shawn G. (2008) Preliminary Reconnaissance of Three Caves in the Caves Branch River Valley, Cayo District, Belize. In The Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project: A Report of the 2007 Field Season, edited by Christophe Helmke and Jaime J. Awe, pp. 49-67. Belize Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History, Belmopan.

Wrobel, Gabriel D. (2008) Temporal Changes in the Mortuary Ritual Use of the Caves Branch Rockshelter, Belize. Final grant report submitted to FAMSI (Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc.).

Gabriel D. Wrobel (2008) Report on the Caves Branch Rockshelter Excavations: 2006 and 2007 Field Seasons. In The Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project: A Report of the 2007 Field Season, edited by Christophe G.B. Helmke & Jaime J. Awe. Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History, Belmopan.

2007

Hardy, Jessica L. & Gabriel D. Wrobel (2007) Preliminary Report on the Excavations at Deep Valley Rockshelter (DVR-1), Cayo District, Belize. InThe Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project: A Report of the 2005 Field Season, edited by Christophe G.B. Helmke & Jaime J. Awe, pp. 1-9. Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History, Belmopan.

Jordan, Jillian M. & Gabriel D. Wrobel (2007) Reconnaissance and Preliminary Survey at the Site of Baateelek, Caves Branch River Valley, Cayo District, Belize. In The Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project: A Report of the 2005 Field Season, edited by Christophe G.B. Helmke & Jaime J. Awe, pp. 11-17. Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History, Belmopan.

Wrobel, Gabriel, James Tyler, and Jessica Hardy (2007) Rockshelter Excavations in the Caves Branch River Valley. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 4: 187-196.

2006

Haley, Bryan S. (2006) An Assessment of Geophysical Techniques at Three Sites in Central Belize. In The Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project: A Report of the 2005 Field Season, edited by Christophe G.B. Helmke & Jaime J. Awe, pp. 11-38. Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History, Belmopan.

Wrobel, Gabriel D. & James C. Tyler (2006) Revisiting Caves Branch Rockshelter: Results of the 2005 Excavations. In The Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project: A Report of the 2005 Field Season, edited by Christophe G.B. Helmke & Jaime J. Awe, pp. 1-10. Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History, Belmopan.

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