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enewmanAssociate Professor

Ph.D., 2008, Yale University

Mesoamerican Ethnohistory, Historical Archaeology, and Environmental Archaeology with a specialty in Zooarchaeology.


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Elizabeth is a historical and environmental archaeologist, and teaches courses in environmental humanities for the Sustainability Program, as well as courses in Latin American history and archaeology for the department of history. Since 2006, she has been directing a research project that examines the social and cultural origins of agrarian revolution in Puebla, Mexico using the disciplines of ethnohistory, ethnography, and archaeology.

Her book,  “Biography of a Hacienda: Work and Revolution in Rural Mexico” (University of Arizona Press in March 2014) was awarded the 2016 James Deetz Book Prize from the Society of Historical Archaeology. In it, she draws on seven years of research in Puebla’s Valley of Atlixco to explore the lives and day-to-day experiences of rural, indigenous farmers. She is also trained as a zooarchaeologist, and she has made studies of animal bones collected on archaeological sites from New England to Cuba.

Prior to coming to Stony Brook University, she taught at the University of the Americas in Puebla, Mexico and Connecticut College. Outside of academia, has worked for the National Park Service and the Boston Museum of Science. She received a BA in History and Archaeology from the University of Massachusetts-Boston and a PhD in Anthropology from Yale University.


Courses Taught for Sustainability:

EHM 314 Civilizations and Collapse

EHM 331 Precolumbian Urbanism

EHM 385 The Maya





Newman, Elizabeth Terese Biography of a Hacienda: Work and Revolution in Rural Mexico. 2014 University of Arizona Press.

Newman, Elizabeth Terese  Landscapes of Labor: Architecture and Identity at a Mexican Hacienda. International Journal of Historical Archaeology. In press for publication March 2017.  Available “online first” DOI 10.1007/s10761-016-0329-6.

Newman, Elizabeth Terese and Karime Castillo Cárdenas  San Miguel Acocotla: arqueología de una hacienda del siglo XIX. in Segundo Coloquio de Arqueología Histórica Desenterrando fragmentos de historia, siglos XVI al XIX. Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia. Mexico City.  In Press.

Newman, Elizabeth Terese De colonia a país: los trabajadores de la Hacienda Acocotla y la cultura material en el México del siglo XIX in Homenaje a Thomas H. Charlton: Enfoques arqueológicos en torno al desarrollo indígena durante el periodo virreinal en Nueva España y Centroamérica. (2016) Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia, Colección Científica. Mexico City.

Newman, Elizabeth Terese Historical Archaeology at the Hacienda San Miguel Acocotla, Puebla, Mexico. 2014 Latin American Antiquity 25(1): 27-45.

Newman, Elizabeth Terese and Benjamin West Teaching Archaeology in the Twenty-First Century: Social Relevance. 2014 Society of American Archaeology Archaeological Record 14(3): 12-14

Newman, Elizabeth Terese From Prison to Home: Coercion and Cooption in 19th Century Mexico. 2013 Ethnohistory 60(4): 663-692.

Newman, Elizabeth Terese Review of Space-Time Perspectives on Early Colonial Moquegua by Prudence M. Rice. 2014 Historical Archaeology. 48(4):152-154.

Newman, Elizabeth Terese Butchers and Shamans: Zooarchaeology on a Central Mexican Hacienda. 2010. Historical Archaeology 44(2): 35-50.

Colten, Roger H., Elizabeth Terese Newman and Brian Worthington La explotación precerámica de la fauna en el sitio Las Obas, Cuba. 2010. Cuba Arqueológica 2(2): 24-35.

Colten, Roger H., Elizabeth Terese Newman and Brian Worthington Pre-Ceramic Faunal Exploitation at the Las Obas Site, Cuba. 2009. Bulletin of the Peabody Museum of Natural History 50(1): 75-84.

Newman, Elizabeth Terese and David Landon Report on the Faunal Remains from the Isaac Royall House, Medford, MA, in Slavery in the Age of Reason:  Archaeology at a New England Farm by Alexandra Chan. 2007.  University of Tennessee Press.

Trigg, Heather, David Landon, Elizabeth Newman and Anne Hancock Archaeobiological Materials Analyses, in Supplementary Excavations at the Kirk Street Agents’ House, Lowell National Historical Park, Lowell, Massachusetts.  2003.  ed. William A. Griswold.  pp. 27-41. Occasional Publications in Field Archeology No. 2. Archeology Program Northeast Region National Park Service. U.S. Department of the Interior.


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