Department of Anthropology
Drew University
Madison , New Jersey
973-408-3496
973-408-3768 (Fax)
mmasucci@drew.edu

Education:

  • Ph.D. (Anthropology) May, 1992.
  • Thesis Title: Ceramic Change in the Guangala Phase,
  • Southwest Ecuador : A Typology and Chronology
  • Southern Methodist University , Dallas , TX
  • M.A. Southern Methodist University , Dallas , TX
  • B.A. (Anthropology) Magna cum Laude, Phi Beta Kappa
  • Kenyon College , Gambier, OH

Present Academic Position:

  • Professor and Chair, Department of Anthropology, Drew University
  • Director, Archaeology Minor
  • Director, Latin American Studies

Fields of Research:

  • Latin American Archaeology;
  • Craft production, Ceramic technology
  • Lowland Subsistence and Socioeconomic Adaptations
  • Origins of complex society
  • Ecuador , Regional Developmental and Integration Period
  • Materials Science ; Ancient Ceramic Technology, Archaeometry
  • Ceramic Analysis ; Ceramic Typology and Technology, Ceramic Petrology,
  • Organization of Production, Culture Change
  • Old World Archaeology ; Portugal , Paleolithic – Neolithic transition
  • Neolithic ceramic technology

Language Proficiency::

  • English native speaker
  • Spanish – reading and speaking fluency
  • Portuguese – reading and speaking ability
  • Italian – reading ability

Memberships

  • Society for American Archaeology

Teaching and Advising Experience:

  • 2010-2012 Chair, Department of Anthropology
  • Fall 2001- Full-time, Professor, Department of Anthropology, Drew Present University.
  • Fall 2000- Visiting Adjunct Professor , Department of Anthropology,
  • Spring 2001 New Mexico , Albuquerque .
  • Fall 1993- Full-time Assistant Professor , Department of Anthropology, Drew

Spring 2000 University
Courses Taught:

Archaeology :

  • Archaeological Method and Theory
  • Ancient Societies
  • Comparative Civilizations
  • Archaeology and Sustainable Cultures
  • Archaeological Laboratory Methods
  • Experimental Methods in Archaeology
  • Ceramic Analysis
  • Archaeometry (New Jersey Governor’s School in the Sciences)
  • Prehistoric Cultures of the American Southwest
  • Prehispanic Cultures of Latin America
  • Native Arts and Archaeology of Latin America
  • The Ancient Roots of Modern Latin American Cultures
  • First Year Seminar: Frauds, Myths and Mysteries
  • College Seminar: Why do we eat that?
  • Senior Seminar: Anthropology and Globalization
  • Senior Seminar: Ethical Issues in Anthropology
  • Senior Seminar: Material Culture Studies

General Anthropology :

  • Introduction to Cultural Anthropology and Linguistics
  • Human Evolution
  • Cultural Ecology

Off-Campus Programs:

  • Archaeological Field School , Ecuador (Summer program)
  • 3 week on-site undergraduate seminars:
  • Sacred Places, Sacred Spaces: Art and Archaeology of the American Southwest
  • Cultural Survival and Community Development in Ecuador
  • Ecotourism and Community Development in Ecuador
  • Drew Program in London

Student-Faculty Mentoring .

  • 1998-1999 Drew Undergraduate Summer Science Research Institute.
  • 1998- Honors Thesis Advisor . Drew Undergraduate senior honors theses.
  • Present Chair (3) and Reader (3)
  • 1994- Laboratory Team Project Leader . New Jersey Governor’s School .
  • Present Archaeometry Lab course (Summer course).
  • Spring Advisor , Undergraduate Senior Thesis in Materials Analysis,
  • 1992 Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
  • Fall 1991- Laboratory Instructor: Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • Spring 1993 Responsibilities instructing undergraduate students in ceramic stylistic and technological analysis, thin section preparation, petrographic analysis.
  • 1988 Teaching Assistant: Southern Methodist University
  • Prehistoric Cultures . Lectures, exams and student advising.

Administrative Positions:

  • 1996- Director , Archaeology Minor, Drew University

Present

  • Fall 2005 Chair , Department of Anthropology, Drew University
  • Fall 2005- Chair , Division of Social Sciences, College of Liberal Arts,

Present Drew University

  • Fall 2005- Social Sciences Divisional Representative , Dean’s Council

Present Drew University

  • 2001- Chair , Department of Anthropology, Drew University
  • 2004
  • Fall 1999- Director , Latin American Studies Program, Drew University .
  • 2000

Research and Field Experience:

  • 1998- Director and Principal Investigator , Loma de Los Cangrejitos
  • Present Archaeological Project, Southwest Ecuador .
  • Interdisciplinary field research project. Temporal focus: Late prehispanic periods (500 BC – AD 1500).
  • Topical focus: socioeconomic adaptations, craft production and the rise of complex society. Archaeological and geoarchaeological components.
  • 2002- Ceramic Specialist , O Processo de Neolitização no Algarve ,
  • Present Portugal , Universidade do Algarve. Ceram ic technological analysis and clay resource survey.
  • 1992-1998 Principal Investigator . Ceramic and Culture Change in Late Prehispanic Southwest Ecuador . Geoarchaeological Survey and Ceramic Technological Anaysis.
  • 1992-1993 Post-Doctoral Fellow. Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge , MA . Research in materials analysis of prehispanic ceramics.
  • 1991-1992 Post-Doctoral Associate , Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge , MA . Training in materials analysis of prehispanic ceramics.
  • 1991-1992 Ceramic Analyst . Portuguese Estremadura Project . Rio Maior , Portugal . Recovery and analysis of Neolithic to Bronze Age ceramics. Clay resource survey and Geological mapping.
  • 1986-1988 Principal Investigator. El Azúcar Archaeological Project , Southwest Ecuador . Doctoral Thesis Research.Field camp organization, field survey and mapping, excavation and supervision of excavation crew, ceramic and shell analysis.
  • 1984 Field Assistant . Southern Methodist University Ecuador Summer Archaeological Project , Southwest Ecuador. Settlement survey and mapping, test excavations.
  • 1984 (June) Field Assistant . Santa Barbara, Honduras Archaeological Project , Honduras , directed by Drs. Pat Urban and Edward Schortman. Survey of sites with complex architecture of peripheral Maya groups.
  • 1983 Field Instruction . Fort Burgwin Research Center , Summer Taos , New Mexico . Training in excavation and survey methods concentrating on excavation of Anasazi adobe architectural remains. Laboratory methods in ceramic analysis, ceramic restoration, and production of hand formed, open fired vessels.
  • 1980 Fall Field Assistant. Pennsylvania Hospital , Philadelphia , PA. Salvage excavation of original foundations of the nation’s first hospital.
  • 1980 Field Assistant . Arkansas Archaeological Survey , Toltec Mounds Summer Research Station, Scott , Arkansas . Location and excavation of burial mound remnants.
  • 1975 (June-July) Field Instruction . Thunderbird Archaeological Field School , Catholic University of America , Shenandoah Valley , Virginia . Training in excavation, field, and laboratory methods focusing on Archaic and Paleoindian camp and quarry sites.

Fellowships and Grants:

  • 2010-2012 NASA- Mellon Student-Faculty Research and Civic Engagement Award
  • 2002 Faculty Technology Grant, Academic Technology, Drew University . GIS Initiative ($5,000)
  • 1998-2002 National Science Foundation . Field Research Grant ($78,989) “Chronology, Technology and Culture Change in Late Prehistoric Southwest Ecuador ”
  • 1997-98 Curtiss T. and Mary G. Brennan Foundation , Field Research Grant ($5,000)
  • 1997 American Philosophical Society , Research Grant ($3,600)
  • 1996-05 Faculty Research Grants , Drew University ($700 each)
  • 1996 National Science Foundation. Research grant for ceramic technological analysis ($4,850)
  • 1996 H. John Heinz III Charitable Trust , Latin American Archaeology Program Research Grant. Field survey, Río Grande Valley , Ecuador .($6,970)
  • 1994 Summer Research Grant , Drew University ($700)
  • 1993-2005 Conference Travel Grants . Drew University .
  • 1993 National Science Foundation. Research Grant. Field research and technological study of Guangala Phase ceramics, Southwest Ecuador . Including compositional analysis to investigate ceramic production and exchange. ($16,547)
  • 1992-1993 Post-Doctoral Fellowship , Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge , MA . Research in materials analysis of prehispanic ceramics.
  • 1992 H. John Heinz III Charitable Trust , Latin American Archaeology Program Research Grant. Clay and geological resource survey, Southwest Ecuador . ($4,000)
  • 1992 Neutron Activation Analysis Program Sponsorship , (Subsidized by the National Science Foundation), Missouri University Research Reactor. Analysis of Ecuadorian ceramic and clay samples.
  • 1991-1992 Post-Doctoral Associateship , Center for Materials Research in Archaeology and Ethnology, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge , MA . Training in materials analysis of prehispanic ceramics.
  • 1991 Seed Grant , Institute for the Study of Earth and Man, Southern Methodist University . Radiocarbon dates.
  • 1988 Weber Grant, Institute for the Study of Earth and Man, Southern Methodist University . Dissertation write-up.
  • 1986-1987 National Science Foundation, Dissertation Improvement Grant, BNS# 8619163. Thesis field research.
  • 1986-1988 Research Support , Museo Antropológico del Banco Central del Ecuador . Thesis field research and laboratory analysis.
  • 1986 Seed Grant , Institute for the Study of Earth and Man, Southern Methodist University . Thesis field research.
  • 1985 Research Grant , Southern Methodist University , Graduate Student Council. Thesis field research.

Publications:

Refereed Publications

  • Reitz, Elizabeth J. and M. Masucci 2004 Vertebrate Fauna from El Azúcar 30, Ecuador. In Zooarchaeology of South America , BAR International Series 1298 , edited by Guillermo L. Mengoni Goñalons pp. 177-189.
  • Reitz, E. and M. Masucci 2004 Guangala Fishers and Farmers: A Case Study of Animal Use at El Azúcar , Southwestern Ecuador . University of Pittsburgh Memoirs in Latin American Archaeology No. 14.
  • Masucci, M. 2000 Defining Ceramic Change and Cultural Interaction: Results of Typological, Chronological and Technological Analyses of Guangala Phase Ceramics. Andean Past 6:175-208.
  • Masucci, M. and A. Macfarlane 1997 An Application of Geological Survey and Ceramic Petrology to Provenance Studies of Guangala Phase Ceramics of Ancient Ecuador . Geoarchaeology 12(7):765-793.
  • Masucci, M. 1998 Review of Ecology and Ceramic Production in an Andean Community, by Dean Arnold. American Antiquity 63(1):187-88.
  • Masucci, M. 1995 Marine Shell Bead Production and the Role of Domestic Craft Activities in the Economy of the Guangala Phase, Southwest Ecuador . Latin American Antiquity 6(1):70-84.

Non-Refereed Publications

  • Masucci, M. In Press Early Regional Polities of Coastal Ecuador . In Handbook of South American Archaeology , edited by Helene Silverman and William Isbell. Kluwer/Springer Press.
  • Masucci, M. 2006 Cer â mica do Neolitico antigo. In Monografias Almonda, Vol. 1: Escava çõ es 1988-89 , edited by Jo ã o Zilh ã o. Instituto Portugues de Arqueologia.
  • Carvalho, A. F., N. F. Bicho, M. C. Stiner, J. F. Gibaja, M. J. Valente and M. A. Masucci 2005 O projecto “o processo de neolitiza çã o no Algarve” (Portugal): â mbito y primeiros resultados. In III Congreso del Neolítica a la Peninsula Iberica. Santander , Universidad de Cantábria.
  • Masucci, M. 1998 Guangala y sus vecinos: Análisis de Materias y la Reconstrucción del Intercambio. Proceedings of the 49th Congress of Americanists , Quito , Ecuador . Abya Yala, Quito
  • Masucci, M. 1994 Explaining Ceramic Change in the Late Prehistoric Ceramics of Coastal Ecuador , South America . Proceedings of the 8th CIMTEC – World Ceramics Congress and Forum on New Materials, Florence, Italy, June 29-July 4, 1994 , edited by P. Vincenzini. Techna Publishers, S. r. l.
  • Masucci, M. 1994 Early Neolithic Pottery Production in the Rio Maior Valley , Portuguese Estremadura . Proceedings of the 8th CIMTEC – World Ceramics Congress and Forum on New Materials, Florence, Italy, June 29-July 4, 1994 , edited by P. Vincenzini. Techna Publishers, S. r. l.
  • Masucci, M. 1991 Small Finds from Shaqadud Cave . In The Late Prehistory of the Eastern Sahel: The Mesolithic and Neolithic at Shaqadud, Sudan , edited by A. E. Marks and A. Mohammed-Ali. Southern Methodist University Press, Dallas.
  • Masucci, M. (with D. Freidel, S. Jaeger, and R. Robertson) 1988 The Bearer, the Burden, and the Burnt: The Stacking Principle in the Iconography of the Late Preclassic Maya Lowlands . In Proceedings of the Sixth Palenque Roundtable, 1986 , Vol. 8, edited by M. G. Robertson, pp. 175-183. University of Oklahoma Press, Norman.

Papers Presented:

  • Masucci, M. and Hector Neff 2006 Ceramic Production and Societal Change in the Manteño of Coastal Ecuador . Paper Presented at the 71st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, San Juan , Puerto Rico , April 26-30, 2006 .
  • Masucci, M. 2005 The Meaning of Change: The Guangala to Manteño Transition of Coastal Ecuador . Paper Presented at the 70th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Salt Lake City , Utah , March 30- April 3, 2005 .
  • Masucci, M., F. Fuentes, and S. Smith 2003 Moving Dirt: Platform Mound Construction and the Rise of Social Complexity at Loma de los Cangrejitos , Ecuador . Submitted for presentation at the 68th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Milwaukee , WI , March, 2003.
  • Masucci, M. 2001 New Questions and a New Paradigm: Ecuadorian Archaeology in the 21st Century. Invited paper presented at the 100th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington , D.C. November 28- December 2, 2001 . Symposium: “Archaeology on the Edge: A Century of Research on the “Peripheries” of Core States.
  • Masucci, M. 2000 Increasing Social Stratification in Late Prehispanic Ecuador : Field Results 1998-99. Paper presented at the 65th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Philadelphia , PA , April 5-9, 2000 .
  • Masucci, M. 1999 Ceramic Exchange and Culture Change: Case Studies from Late Prehispanic Coastal Ecuador . Paper Presented at the 64th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Chicago , IL , March 24-28, 1999 .
  • Masucci, M. 1998 Imported Vessels, Population Movement or Technological Change: Tracing the Expansion of the Ancient Manteño Empire. Paper Presented at the 97th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Philadelphia , PA , December 2-6, 1998 .
  • Masucci, M. 1998 Uncovering the Past to Secure a Future: Archaeological research in aid of “Comuna” Preservation in Southwest Ecuador . Paper presented at the 26th Annual Midwest Conference on Andean and Amazonian Archaeology, Anthropology and Ethnohistory, University of Illinois , Champaign-Urbana, February 28- March 1, 1998 .
  • Masucci, M. 1997 Heuristic Devices or Wild Geese: The utility of cultural phase constructions for coastal Ecuador . Paper presented at the 16th Annual Conference of Andean Archaeology and Ethnohistory, Orono , Maine .
  • Masucci, M. 1997 Guangala y sus Vecinos: Analisis de Materiales y la Reconstrucción del Intercambio. Paper presented at the 49th International Congress of Americanists, Quito , Ecuador .
  • Masucci, M. 1997 Continuidad o Conquista: La Transición entre Guangala y Manteño en la costa Suroeste, Region Santa Elena. Paper presented at the 49th International Congress of Americanists, Quito , Ecuador .
  • Masucci, M. and Hector Neff 1997 Ceramic Production and Trade: Correlating Mineralogical and Chemical Analyses of Guangala Ceramics , Ecuador . Paper presented at the 62nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Nashville , TN.
  • Masucci, M. 1996 Circles of Stones: New Evidence for Culture Change in Late Prehistoric Southwest Ecuador . Paper presented at the 15th Annual Conference of Andean Archaeology and Ethnohistory, Philadelphia , PA.
  • Masucci, M. 1995 The Nature and Identification of Marine Shell Working at Prehistoric Guangala Phase Sites in Southwest Ecuador . Paper Presented at the 60th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Minneapolis , MN , May 3-7, 1995 .
  • Masucci, M. 1994 Explaining Ceramic Change in the Late Prehistoric Ceramics of Coastal Ecuador , South America . Paper Presented at the 8th CIMTEC – World Ceramics Congress and Forum on New Materials, Florence , Italy , June 29- July 4, 1994
  • Masucci, M. 1994 Early Neolithic Pottery Production in the Rio Maior Valley , Portuguese Estremadura . Poster Presented at the 8th CIMTEC – World Ceramics Congress and Forum on New Materials, Florence , Italy , June 29- July 4, 1994 .
  • Masucci, M. 1994 Temper, Pots, and Interregional Trade in Southwest Ecuador . Paper Presented at the 59th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Anaheim , CA , April 20-24, 1994 .
  • Masucci, M. and A. Macfarlane 1993 Tracing Ancient Ecuadorian Trade Routes: Application of Ceramic Petrology, Neutron Activation, and Electron Microprobe Analysis to Provenance Studies. Geological Society of America Meetings, Boston , MA , October 25-28, 1993 .
  • Masucci, M. 1993 Explaining Ceramic Change: Technological Analysis of Late Prehistoric Ecuadorian Ceramics. 58th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, St. Louis , MO , April 14-18, 1993 .
  • Masucci, M. 1991 The Utility of Utilitarian Wares: Guangala Phase Ceramic Chronology in Southwest Coastal Ecuador . 56th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, New Orleans , LA , April 23-28, 1991 .
  • Masucci, M. 1989 Shell Beads and Shark Teeth: Utilization of Marine Resources During the Guangala Phase, Southwest Ecuador . Paper presented at the 54th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Atlanta , Georgia , April 5-9, 1989 .
  • Masucci, M. 1987 Inland-Coastal Interaction: Evidence of Guangala Phase Inland Subsistence Patterns from El Azúcar , Ecuador . Paper presented at the 52nd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Toronto , Canada , May 6-10, 1987 .
  • Masucci, M. (with D. Freidel, S. Jaeger, and R. Robertson) 1986 The Bearer, the Burden, and the Burnt: The Stacking Principle in the Iconography of the Late Preclassic Maya Lowlands . Paper presented at the Mesa Redonda de Palenque, Chiapas , June, 1986.
  • Undergraduate and Graduate Student Advisee Presentations and Theses
  • Rowe, Sarah 2005 Variation and Continuity in Manteno Ceramics: Issues of Social/Ethnic Identity. M.A. Thesis. University of Illinois , Urbana-Champaign .
  • Carter, Benjamin P. 2004 Dissertation Improvement Grant: Technology, Society, and Change: Shell Artifact Production among the Manteno (A.D. 800-1535) of Coastal Ecuador . Proposal submitted and funded by the National Science Foundation.
  • Carter, Benjamin P. 2001a Preliminary Report Regarding Loma de los Cangrejito Shell Bead Research Completed at Washington University , St. Louis, 2000-2001. Presented to the Instituto Nacional del Patrimonio Cultural, Guayaquil , Ecuador , junio 2001, pp. 1-25.
  • Carter, Benjamin P. 2001b Microliths and Microbeads: Preliminary Analysis of Shell Beads from Loma de los Cangrejitos, Southwestern Ecuador . Poster Presented at the 66 th Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, New Orleans .
  • McDowell, Erin  The Extraction of Lipid Proteins from the walls of Ancient Ecuadorian Vessels. Poster presented at the 65th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Philadelphia , PA , April 5-9, 2000 .
  • Carter, Benjamin 1999 Beads of Change: An Experimental Approach to Shell Bead Production on the Santa Elena Peninsula , Ecuador . Paper Presented at the 64th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Chicago , IL , March 24-28, 1999 .
  • Digrius, Dawn 1999 Archaeobotanical Investigations of Coastal Lowland Ecuador . Paper Presented at the 64th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. Paper Presented at the 64th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Chicago , IL , March 24-28, 1999 .

Technical Reports:

  • Masucci, M. 2000 Informe de Prospecciones y Excavaciones Arqueológicas en el Valle de Chanduy, Cantón Santa Elena, Provincia de Guayas, 1998-1999. Report submitted to the Instituto Nacional del Patrimonio Cultural del Ecuador , Subdirección Regional del Litoral, Guayaquil , Ecuador .
  • Masucci, M. 1999 Informe de Investigaciones 1998-99. Submitted to the Instituto Nacional del Patrimonio Cultural del Ecuador, Subdirección Regional del Litoral, Guayaquil , Ecuador
  • Masucci, M. 1997 Informe de Prospecciones y Excavaciones Arqueológicas en el valle del Río Grande , Comuna Sube y Baja y Comuna El Azúcar, Cantón Santa Elena 1996-1997. Submitted to el Instituto Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural del Ecuador, Subdirección Regional del Litoral, Guayaquil , Ecuador .
  • Masucci, M. 1996 Informe Preliminar de Prospecciones Arqueológicas en el valle del Río Grande , Comuna Sube y Baja, Cantón Santa Elena. Submitted to el Instituto Nacional de Patrimonio Cultural del Ecuador, Subdirección Regional del Litoral, Guayaquil , Ecuador .
  • Masucci, M. 1987 Preliminary Report on the El Azúcar Archaeological Project. Report to the Oficina del Patrimonio Cultural del Ecuador and the Museo Antropológico del Banco Central del Ecuador.
  • Masucci, M. (with R. K. Smith and A. E. Marks) 1984 The Atahualpa/Playas Pipeline Corridor Survey (July 1984). Report Submitted to CEPE and ESPOL, Guayaquil , Ecuador .
  • Masucci, M. (with M. Cliff, J. Staller, D. Freidel, and E. Bordt ) 1984 The Atahualpa/El Azúcar Pipeline Corridor Survey (July 1984): Report of Sites and Recommendations. Submitted to CEPE and ESPOL, Guayaquil , Ecuador.

Museum Exhibits:

  • 1987 Museo de El Azúcar, Casa Comunal, Comuna de El Azúcar , Ecuador . Prepared a permanent exhibit for the local community outlining the Prehistory of Southwest Ecuador. Displays archaeological finds of the El Azúcar Archaeological Project. Exhibit was funded by the Museo Antropológico del Banco Central del Ecuador and completed with labor donated by the community of El Azúcar.

References:

Dr. Leedom Lefferts
Emeritus Professor of Anthropology
132 12 th St., S.E.
Washington , D.C. 20003
202-547-4868
lleffert@drew.edu
FAX: 973-408-3768

Dean Paolo Cucchi
Dean and Vice President
College of Liberal Arts
Drew University
Madison , NJ 07940
973-408-3495
pcucchi@drew.edu

Dr. Elizabeth J. Reitz Professor of Anthropology
Georgia Museum of Natural History
Natural History Building
University of Georgia
Athens , GA 30602-1882
Telephone: 706-542-1464
FAX: 706-542-3920
ereitz@uga.edu