Olivia Paige Ellis

  • PhD Student- Archaeology

Olivia is in the first year of her PhD focusing on Mesoamerican Archaeology. She is interested in studying political structure, community, and the role of foodways on identity and social dynamics in Classic Maya society. She conducts research with the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance (BVAR) Project. In addition to her work in Mesoamerica, she has field experience in the American Southwest and worked in cultural resource management in the Pacific Northwest.  


2022 Walden, John P., Michael Biggie, Kyle Shaw-Müller, Anaïs Levin, Qiu Yijia (邱益嘉), Abel Nachamie, Olivia P. Ellis, Victoria S.R. Izzo, Julie A. Hoggarth, Claire E. Ebert, Rafael A. Guerra, and Jaime J. Awe. “Intermediate Elites and the Shift from Communities to Districts in the Formation of a Late Classic Maya Polity.” In The Socio-Political Integration of Ancient Neighborhoods: Perspectives from the Andes and Mesoamerica, edited by Gabriela Cervantes and John P. Walden. University of Pittsburgh Center for Comparative Archaeology Press. Accepted for Publication. 

Degrees and Education

B.A. in Anthropology from University of Arizona, 2019


2022-2023 Alfredo D. and Luz Maria P. Gutierrez Fellowship