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Larry Steinbrenner Ph.D

Larry Steinbrenner
Discipline/Program
Humanities & Social Sciences
Anthropology
Department
School of Arts and Culture
Phone
403.342.3316
Biography

 

Dr. Larry Steinbrenner is a specialist in Mesoamerican and Central American cultures (with a particular focus on archaeological ceramic studies) who has been teaching courses in anthropology and archaeology at Red Deer Polytechnic since 2006. Born and raised in southern Alberta, Dr. Steinbrenner obtained degrees in English from the universities of Lethbridge and Calgary before changing course to study archaeology at the University of Calgary, where he earned his M.A. in 2002 and his Ph.D. in 2010. His graduate research focused on the ceramics from the archaeological site of Santa Isabel in Rivas, Nicaragua, where he did field work from 2000 to 2005. Dr. Steinbrenner has also taught archaeology courses for the University of Lethbridge and the University of Calgary and has worked as a contract archaeologist in northern Alberta. His current research interests involve exploring the connections between the ceramics of Pacific Nicaragua and related ceramic types from the southeastern Mesoamerican periphery, particularly in El Salvador and Honduras. He is also the principal editor of and primary contributor to the forthcoming volume The Archaeology of Greater Nicoya, the first major collection of research papers on the archaeology of Pacific Nicaragua and northwestern Costa Rica to be published in more than twenty years.

Education
  • Ph.D. (Archaeology), University of Calgary, 2010
  • M.A. (Archaeology), University of Calgary, 2002
  • M.A. (English), University of Calgary, 1993
  • B.A.Sc. (with Great Distinction), University of Lethbridge, 1987
Main Areas of Teaching

Archaeology, Anthropology (Cultural and Biological), Human Evolution, Latin American Ethnography, Anthropology of Technology, Ancient Civilizations, Ancient Mesoamerica and Central America.

Scholarly Activity

Selected Publications
1) Sole Author:

  • In prep. Introduction. In The Archaeology of Greater Nicoya: Two Decades of Research in Nicaragua & Costa Rica, edited by Larry Steinbrenner, Alexander Geurds, Geoffrey G. McCafferty, and Silvia Salgado González. Edited volume under preparation for University of Colorado Press. Expected publication: 2018.
  • In prep. Contact-Era Pacific Nicaragua: Indigenous Groups & Their Origins. In The Archaeology of Greater Nicoya: Two Decades of Research in Nicaragua & Costa Rica, edited by Larry Steinbrenner, Alexander Geurds, Geoffrey G. McCafferty, and Silvia Salgado González. Edited volume under preparation for University of Colorado Press. Expected publication: 2018.
  • In prep. Polychrome Potting Traditions of Pacific Nicaragua, AD 800-1300. In The Archaeology of Greater Nicoya: Two Decades of Research in Nicaragua & Costa Rica, edited by Larry Steinbrenner, Alexander Geurds, Geoffrey G. McCafferty, and Silvia Salgado González. Edited volume under preparation for University of Colorado Press. Expected publication: 2018.
  • 2010. Potting Traditions & Cultural Continuity in Pacific Nicaragua, AD 800-1350. Ph.D. dissertation. Department of Archaeology, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.
  • 2006. Cacao in Greater Nicoya: Ethnohistory and a Unique Tradition. In Chocolate in Mesoamerica: A Cultural History of Cacao, edited by Cameron McNeil, pp. 253-270. University Press of Florida, Gainesville, FL.
  • 2005. The Grolier Codex: A Venus Table for a Quetzalcoatl Cult? In Art for Archaeology’s Sake: Style and Material Culture across the Disciplines, edited by Andrea Waters-Rist, Christine Cluney, Calla McNamee, and Larry Steinbrenner. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Chacmool Conference, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.
  • 2002. Ethnicity and Ceramics in Rivas, Nicaragua, AD 800 - 1550. M.A. thesis, Department of Archaeology, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.

2) Co-author:

  • 2017. Técnicas para el análisis cerámico: Ejemplos de Nicaragua (co-authored with Geoffrey G. McCafferty, Carrie Dennett, and William Glanzman). In Arqueología de Nicaragua: Memorias de Mi Museo y Vos, edited by Nora Zambrana Lacayo, pp. 253-260. Mi Museo, Museo del Arte y Arqueología Precolombina, Granada, Nicaragua.
  • 2007. X-Ray Diffraction Analysis of Greater Nicoya Ceramics (co-authored with Geoffrey G. McCafferty and Jillian Logee). La Tinaja 18(2):12-17.
  • 2007. Re-encuentro con Santa Isabel: Observaciones preliminares sobre un sitio del Periodo Sapoá en el suroeste de Nicaragua (co-authored with Geoffrey G. McCafferty and Deepika Fernandez). Vínculos: Revista del Museo Nacional de Costa Rica 29(1-2):17-32.
  • 2005. Chronological Implications for the Santa Isabel Project, Nicaragua (co-authored with Geoffrey G. McCafferty). Ancient Mesoamerica 16(1):131-146.
  • 2005. Proponen Cambio en la Cronología Histórico Cultural de los Nicaraos (co-authored with Geoffrey G. McCafferty). Nicaraocalli 79:15-16.
  • 2005. The Meaning of the Mixteca-Puebla Stylistic Tradition on the Southern Periphery of Mesoamerica: The View from Nicaragua (co-authored with Geoffrey McCafferty). In Art for Archaeology’s Sake: Style and Material Culture across the Disciplines, edited by Andrea Waters-Rist, Christine Cluney, Calla McNamee, and Larry Steinbrenner. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Chacmool Conference, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.
  • 2003. N-RI-44-00, Informe Preliminar (co-author: Geoffrey McCafferty). Dirección de Patrimonio Cultural, Managua, Nicaragua.

3) Co-editor:

  • In prep. The Archaeology of Greater Nicoya: Two Decades of Research in Nicaragua & Costa Rica. Lead co-editor with Alexander Geurds, Geoffrey G. McCafferty, and Silvia Salgado González. Edited volume under preparation for University of Colorado Press. Expected publication: 2018.
  • 2008. Flowing through Time. Proceedings of the 36th Annual Chacmool Conference, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. Lead co-editor with Beau Cripps, Jim Carr, and Metaxia Georgopoulos.
  • 2005. Art for Archaeology’s Sake: Style and Material Culture across the Disciplines. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual Chacmool Conference, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB. Co-editor with Andrea Waters-Rist, Christine Cluney, and Calla McNamee.

Conference Presentations:

  • 2017. “Lesser Nicoya?”: Addressing Nicaragua’s Marginal Place in Central American Archaeology. Paper to be presented at the 50th Annual Chacmool Conference, November 8-12, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.
  • 2017. Pots, People and Pacific Nicaragua: Misconceptions about Migrant Mesoamericans and Material Culture. Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology’s 82nd Annual Meeting, March 29 – April 2, Vancouver, BC.
  • 2017. Ideas falsas sobre migrantes mesoamericanos y tradiciones de alfarería en el Pacífico de Nicaragua. Paper presented at the 11th Congress of the Central American Anthropology Network (XI Congreso de la Red Centroamericana de Antropología), February 27 – March 3, Universidad de Costa Rica, San Jose, Costa Rica.
  • 2016. Putting the Sacred Cow Out to Pasture: The Problematic Late Period Chronology of Greater Nicoya. Paper presented at the 49th Annual Chacmool Conference, November 9-11, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.
  • 2016. “Nicoya Polychromes” beyond Greater Nicoya: Las Vegas Polychromes in El Salvador and Honduras. Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology’s 81st Annual Meeting, April 6-10, Orlando, FL.
  • 2015. Potting Traditions vs. Ethnohistory: The Challenge of Linking Cultural Identity to Communities of Practice in Pacific Nicaragua. Paper presented at the 55th International Congress of Americanists, July 12-17, Universidad Francisco Gavidia, San Salvador, El Salvador.
  • 2015. The Mystery of Managua Polychrome Part II. Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology’s 80th Annual Meeting, April 15-19, San Francisco, CA.
  • 2014. Oto-Mangueans, or Nahuas? Re-Evaluating the Mixteca-Puebla International Style as a “Mesoamerican” Marker in Postclassic Greater Nicoya. Paper presented at the 47th Annual Chacmool Conference, November 7-10, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.
  • 2014. Algunas observaciones preliminaries sobre “Nicoya policromos” y Las Vegas policromos fuera de Gran Nicoya. Paper presented at Conversatorio Arqueológico: Realidades y Retos de la ciencia en Nicaragua, July 16, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, Managua, Nicaragua.
  • 2014. The Mystery of Managua Polychrome. Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology’s 79th Annual Meeting, April 23-27, Austin, TX.
  • 2013. “Leaving Las Vegas”: Some Preliminary Remarks on ‘Nicoya Polychromes’ beyond Greater Nicoya. Paper presented at the 46th Annual Chacmool Conference, November 8-11, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.
  • 2012. New Thoughts on Pataky Polychrome and Ancient Nicaraguan Pottery. Paper presented at the 45th Annual Chacmool Conference, November 8-11, University of Calgary, Calgary, AB.
  • 2012. Mesoamericans in Nicaragua and the Mixteca-Puebla Problem. Paper presented at the 54th International Congress of Americanists, July 15-20, University of Vienna, Vienna, Austria.
  • 2012. La tradición de cerámica del período de Sapoa. Paper presented at Seminario: El quehacer arqueológico en Nicaragua: Teoría y Práctica, May 23-25, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Nicaragua, Managua, Nicaragua.
  • 2012. Warriors and Jaguars and Step-Frets, Oh My!: Making Sense of Pataky Polychrome. Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology’s 77th Annual Meeting, April 18-22, Memphis, TN.
  • 2011. The Pacific Nicaragua Potting Tradition, AD 800-1350. Society for American Archaeology’s 76th Annual Meeting, March 30-April 3, Sacramento, CA

Community Involvement:

  • Member/Vice-President/President, Archaeological Society of Alberta (Red Deer Centre)
  • Member, Society for American Archaeology
  • Adventures in Nicaraguan Archaeology. Public presentation to the Archaeological Society of Alberta, Red Deer Centre, September 8, 2014, Red Deer, AB

RDP Leadership:

  • Anthropology Head, Curriculum Planning Committee (2010-Present)
  • Faculty Representative (Supercluster C), Professional Development Committee (2012-Present)
  • Faculty Representative, Academic Policy Committee (2010-2012)
  • Organizational committee member, Agora Undergraduate Symposium (2010-2016)
  • Judge, Student Writer Awards (2011)
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