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James Aimers

Associate Professor

of Anthropology

Sturges 13
1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454
585-245-5276
aimers@geneseo.edu

James Aimers has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2008

Faculty Information

Education

  • M.A Trent Univeristy
  • Ph.D. Tulane University

Research Interests

  • Dr. Aimers conducts archaeological research on pottery at various sites in Belize, Central America and in his lab here at Geneseo.
  • Maya archaeology (architecture and pottery).
  • Method and theory in pottery analysis.
  • Theoretical approaches to the interpretation of art and material culture.
  • Gender and sexuality

Publications and Professional Activities

  • 2013, Aimers J. J., - La Belle Et La Bête: The Everyday Life of Ceramics at Lamanai, Belize. In Proceedings of the 13th European Maya Conference, Paris December 1-8 2008, Acta Mesoamericana Vol. 21, edited by P. Nondédéo and A. Breton. Verlag Anton Saurwein, Germany.
  • 2013 Aimers, J. J. Maya Pottery Production and Exchange: What We Think We Know and What We Wish We Knew. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 10: 221-228.
  • 2012, Aimers J. J., editor - Ancient Maya Pottery: Classification, Analysis, and Interpretation. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.
  • 2012, Aimers J. J. - Environment and Agency in the Ancient Maya Collapse. In Climates, Landscapes, and Civilizations, edited by L. Giosan, D. Q. Fuller, K. Nicoll, R. K. Flad and P. D. Clift, pp. 27-33. American Geophysical Union Monograph Series, Washington DC.
  • 2012, Aimers, J,. J., D. Farthing, and A. Shugar - Handheld XRF Analysis of Maya ceramics: A Pilot Study Presenting Issues Related to Quantification and Calibration. In Handheld XRF in Art and Archaeology, edited by A. Shugar and J. Mass, pp. 423-448 Leuven University Press – Studies in Archaeological Sciences, Leuven, Belgium.
  • 2012, Aimers J. J., E. Graham, and J. Horowitz Close Encounters at the Mansion: The Columbian Exchange at Structure H12-08, Tipu, Belize. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 9: 141-148.
  • 2011, Aimers J. J. - Drought and the Maya. Nature 479: 44-45.
  • 2011, Aimers J. J. Report on the 2010 Ancient Maya Pottery Workshop. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 8: 267-273
  • 2011, Aimers J., J. Stemp, and J. Awe - Possible Functions of Grooved Ground Stones from Baking Pot, Belize. Lithic Technology 36(1): 5-26.
  • 2010, Aimers J. J., - Eating Incorrectly in Japan. In Adventures in Eating: Anthropologists Write About Food and Fieldwork, edited by Helen Haines and Clare Sammels, pp. 167-180. University of Texas Press, Austin.
  • 2010, Aimers, J.J., - You Only Live Twice: The Agency of Ritual Ceramics at Lamanai. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 7: 119-126.
  • 2010, Aimers J. J. You Only Live Twice: The Agency of Ritual Ceramics at Lamanai. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 7: 119-126.
  • 2009, Aimers J. J. - Bring It On: Using Ceramic Systems at Lamanai. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 6: 245-252.
  • 2008, Aimers, J., and P. Rice - Astronomy, Ritual, and the Interpretation of Maya E-Group Architectural Assemblages. In Foundations of New World Cultural Astronomy, edited by Anthony Aveni, pp. 347-382. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.
  • 2008, Milbrath, S., J. Aimers, C. Peraza Lope, and L. Florey Folan - Effigy Censers of the Chen Mul Modeled Ceramic System and their Implications for Late Postclassic Maya Interregional Interaction. Mexicon 15(5):104-112.
  • 2007, Aimers J. J. - What Maya Collapse? Terminal Classic Variation in the Maya Lowlands. Journal of Archaeological Research 15(4): 329-377.
My Classes

Anth 100:
S/M/Intr Cultural Anthropology

    This course has two broad aims. One is to introduce students to the field of cultural anthropology by paying close attention to what anthropologists do and how they do it. The other is to explore some of the ways in which people organize their lives and construct systems of meaning -- from kin relations and gender roles to economic systems and marriage patterns, religion and healing. In the process, we will be challenged to think about the value of cultural diversity in an increasingly interconnected world and to see ourselves from others' point of view.

Anth 224:
M/Ethnography-Gender-Latin Am

    A comparative review of native Americans in Mesoamerica and South America focusing on the traditional lifeways of tribal populations and peasants and the interactions that they have with the modern world system. Focus is on the patterning of male and female behavior, division of labor by sex and its economic and political consequences. Offered spring, even years

Anth 237:
Art & Material Culture

    The things the people make and use, from fine art to consumer goods, provide valuable information on cultural ideas and practices. This course approaches art and material culture from an interdisciplinary perspective, across cultures and through time. Current theoretical approaches to art and material culture will be examined and applied to specific objects. Prerequisites: ANTH 100 or ANTH 101 recommended. Offered spring, even years