Monica L. Smith
Ph.D., University of Michigan 1997
Office: 304 Haines Hall
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Urbanism, economic networks, consumption and material culture, anthropology of food, comparative historical archaeology; South Asia, Mediterranean, Southwestern U.S.
2013 The Substance and Symbolism of Long-Distance Exchange: Textiles as Desired Trade Goods in the Bronze Age Middle Asian Interaction Sphere. In Connections and Complexity, edited by S.A. Abraham, P. Gullapalli, T.P. Raczek, and U.Z. Rizvi, pp. 143-160. Left Coast Press, Walnut Creek CA. PDF
2013 Caste as a Cooperative Economic Entitlement Strategy in Complex Societies of the Indian Subcontinent and Subsaharan Africa. In Cooperation and Collective Action, edited by David M. Carballo, pp. 275-297. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.
2013 (with T. Thakuria, T. Padhan, and R.K. Mohanty) Google Earth as an Archaeological Tool in the Developing World: An Example from India. SAA Archaeological Record 13(1):20-24. PDF
2012 Seeking Abundance: Consumption as a Motivating Factor in Cities Past and Present. Research in Economic Anthropology 32:27-51. PDF
2012 What it Takes to Get Complex: Food, Goods, and Work as Shared Cultural Ideals from the Beginning of Sedentism. In “The Comparative Archaeology of Complex Societies,” edited by Michael E. Smith, pp. 44-61. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge. PDF
2011 'I discard, therefore I am': Identity and leave-taking of possessions. Proceedings of the 42nd Annual Chacmool Archaeology Conference, edited by L. Amundsen-Pickering et al., pp. 132-142, University of Calgary. PDF
2011 (With James E. Snead and Elizabeth Baker Brite) A life history of Burnt Corn Pueblo. In Conflagration and Conflict: Tano Origins in the Galisteo Basin, A.D. 1250-1325, edited by James E. Snead and Mark W. Allen. Anthropology Papers of the University of Arizona.
2010 A Prehistory of Ordinary People. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.
2010 (With R.K. Mohanty) Investigations at the Early Historic City of Sisupalgarh, India 2005-07. Proceedings of the 19th Meeting of the European Association of South Asian Archaeology, Ravenna, edited by Pierfrancesco Callieri and Luca Colliva, pp. 337-344. British Archaeological Reports, Oxford.
2009 (with Rabindra Kumar Mohanty) Excavations at Sisupalgarh 2008. Man and Environment 34(1):47-56. PDF
2008 (with Rabindra Kumar Mohanty) Excavations at Sisupalgarh, Orissa. Indian Archaeological Society, New Delhi.
2008 Urban empty spaces: Contentious places for consensus-building. Archaeological Dialogues 15(2):216-231. PDF
2008 Food. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 18(1):117-120. PDF
2007 Inconspicuous consumption: Non-display goods and identity formation. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 14:412-438. PDF
2007 Territories, corridors and networks: A biological model for the premodern state. Complexity 12(4):28-35. PDF
2007 (with R.K. Mohanty, T. Matney, A. Donkin and G. Greene) Archaeological research at Sisupalgarh 2007: An Early Historical City in Orissa. Puratattva (Journal of the Indian Archaeological Society) 37:142-154.)
2007 (with R.K. Mohanty and T. Matney) A Preliminary Report of the Archaeological Investigations at Sisupalgarh 2006. Man and Environment 32(1):57-66.
2007 (with R.K. Mohanty) Excavations at Sisupalgarh 2005-06. Bulletin of the Deccan College Post-Graduate and Research Institute 66-67:191-198.
2006 The archaeology of South Asian cities. Journal of Archaeological Research 14(2):97-142. PDF
2006 The archaeology of food preference. American Anthropologist 108(3):480-493. PDF
2006 How ancient agriculturalists managed yield fluctuations through crop selection and reliance on wild plants: an example from Central India. Economic Botany 60(1):39-48. PDF
2006 (with R.K. Mohanty) Excavations at Sisupalgarh 2005. Man and Environment 31(1):27-32.
2005 Networks, territories and the cartography of ancient states. Annals of the Association of American Geographers 95(4):832-849. PDF
2005 Archaeological research at Sisupalgarh, an Early Historic city in eastern India. South Asian Archaeology 2003, edited by B. Vogt. European Association of South Asian Archaeologists, KAVA, Bonn, pp 291-300.
2004 (with Jaharul Haque and Nilka Dabare) Excavations at the Buddhist Monastic Site of Bhasu Vihara, Bangladesh. Antiquity 78. link
2003 (editor) The Social Construction of Ancient Cities, Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington D.C.
2002 Systematic survey at the Early Historic urban site of Sisupalgarh, Orissa. In Archaeology of Eastern India: New Perspectives, edited by Gautam Sengupta and Sheena Panja, pp. 109-125. Centre for Archaeological Studies and Training, East India, Kolkata.
2002 The role of local trade networks in the Indian subcontinent during the Early Historic period. Man and Environment 27(1):139-151. PDF
2002 The Historic Period at Bandelier National Monument. National Park Service, Department of the Interior, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
2001 The Archaeology of an Early Historic Town in Central India. British Archaeological Reports, Oxford.
2001 The archaeological hinterlands of Mahasthangarh: Observations and potential for future research. In France-Bangladesh Joint Venture Excavations at Mahasthangarh First Interim Report 1993-1999, edited by Md. Shafiqul Alam and Jean-François Salles, pp. 61-73. Department of Archaeology, Bangladesh. PDF
2001 Integración social, espacial y económica en las antiguas ciudades del subcontinente Indio, translated by M.a Josefa Iglesias Ponce de León and Andrés Ciudad Ruiz. In Reconstruyendo la Ciudad Maya: El Urbanismo en las Sociedades Antiguas, edited by Andrés Ciudad Ruiz, M.a Josefa Iglesias Ponce de León and M.a del Carmen Martínez Martínez, pp. 503-522. Sociedad Española de Estudios Mayas, Madrid.
2001 The archaeology of a "destroyed" site: Surface survey and historical documents at the Civilian Conservation Corps camp, Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico. Historical Archaeology 35(2):31-40. PDF
2001 Excavation of a large building in an area of pottery production on the upper slopes of Dhahret Slama (Site 251). Leptiminus (Lamta) Report No. 2: The East Baths, Cemeteries, Kilns, Venus Mosaic, Site Museum, and other studies, edited by L.M. Stirling, D.J. Mattingly, and N. Ben Lazreg, Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplementary Series No. 14, pp. 237-249.
2001 A water-collecting area on Dhahret Slama ridge (Site 76). Leptiminus (Lamta) Report No. 2: The East Baths, Cemeteries, Kilns, Venus Mosaic, Site Museum, and other studies, edited by L.M. Stirling, D.J. Mattingly, and N. Ben Lazreg, Journal of Roman Archaeology Supplementary Series No. 14, pp. 253-258.
2000 Systematic surface survey at the Early Historic site of Kaundinyapura, India. Man and Environment 25(1):75-87. PDF
2000 Bangladesh: Building national identity through archaeology. Antiquity 74:701-706. PDF
2000 Economic and social interactions at an Early Historic site: Recent fieldwork at Kaundinyapura, India. In South Asian Archaeology 1997, volume II, edited by Maurizio Taddei and Giuseppe de Marco, pp. 793-810. Istituto per l'Africa e l'Oriente, Rome.
1999 The role of ordinary goods in premodern exchange. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 6(2): 109-135. PDF
1999 "Indianization" from the Indian point of view: Trade and cultural contacts with Southeast Asia in the early first millennium C.E. Journal of the Economic and Social History of the Orient 42(1):1-26. PDF
1997 The dynamic realm of the Indian Ocean: A review. Asian Perspectives 36(2):245-259. PDF
American Institute of Indian Studies (2002)
American Institute of Bangladesh Studies (1997)
National Science Foundation (1999, 2005, 2012)
National Geographic Society (1999, 2007)
UCLA Transdisciplinary Seed Grant (with Thomas W. Gillespie, UCLA Geography; 2012)
Wenner Gren Foundation (1994, 1999)
Emerald Literati Award for article published in Research in Economic Anthropology (2013)
Archaeological Dialogues Essay Award, Theoretical Archaeology Group conference (2008)
Visiting Research Associate, School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe (2007-08)
Faculty Career Development Award, UCLA (2004)
UCIS Faculty Fellowship, University of Pittsburgh (2002)
Regents' Fellowship, University of Michigan (1991-1994)
Phi Beta Kappa
Alice Tokunaga is an M.A. student who is examining the commercialization and commodification of present-day Native American material culture.
Aditi Halbe is an M.A. student who is evaluating cultural preservation related to architectural heritage.
Kanika Kalra is a Ph.D. student who is conducting research on the social and economic organization of the early medieval period. Her M.A. paper examined the social and economic configuration of the medieval town of Harnol in northern India.
Dr. Elizabeth Baker Brite completed her dissertation in 2011 and is a postdoctoral scholar at Auburn University. Her dissertation is based on her fieldwork in Uzbekistan at an early fortified settlement, examining the nature of social and economic continuities under conditions of political collapse. Her M.A. examined the political and economic context of wall painting at the site of Kazakhl'i-yatkan in Uzbekistan. http://www.cla.auburn.edu/sociology/people/person-display/?PersonID=3022
Dr. Elizabeth Mullane completed her dissertation in 2009 on the application of modeling (specifically, self-organizing systems) to archaeological cultures of variable complexity. Her M.A. evaluated the growth of trade and social interactions from the Iron Age through the Roman period in the Kahramanmarash Valley, Turkey. elizabethmullane.com
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