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Ellen R. Kintz

Professor Emerita and

Former Chair of Anthropology

1 College Circle
Geneseo, NY 14454

Dr. Kintz in Machu Picchu

Ellen R. Kintz has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 1979

Faculty Information


  • Ph.D., M.A., State University of New York at Stony Brook
  • B.A., American University

Research Interests

  • 1975-1976 - Coba Archaeological Mapping Project, Coba, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Sociological analysis of Classic Maya suburban zones
  • 1980-1982 - Ethnoarchaeology - A study of settlement patterns in a modern Maya pueblo, Coba, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Analysis of households, kitchen gardens and arboriculture.
  • 1983-1985. - Ethnobotany - A study of Maya curers, medicinal plants and their use. Apprenticeship to two Maya curers, collection of plants and data.
  • 1990-present - CHAA COBA: Coba Humanitarian Assistance Project.

Publications and Professional Activities

  • Fletcher, Laraine A. and Ellen R. Kintz - 1977 Coba Archaeological Mapping Project, Quintana Roo, Mexico, Interim Report No. 3 Appendix A. Boletin de la Escuela de Ciencias Antropologias de Universidad de Yucatan. Num 22, 23:72-81
  • Folan, William J, Laraine A. Fletcher and Ellen R. Kintz - 1979 Fruit, Fiber, Bark and Resin: Social Organization of a Maya Urban Center. Coba, Quintana Roo, Mexico. Science.204(4394):697-701
  • Kintz, Ellen R. - 1990 Life Under the Tropical Canopy: Tradition and Change Among the Yucatec Maya. Holt, Rinehart and Winston, NY
  • Kintz, Ellen R. - 1993 The Organization of Maya Culture and Society: Current Research Strategies. Reviews in Anthropology. 22:47-57
  • Kintz, Ellen R. - 1993 Review, Maya Stone Tools: Selected Papers from the Second Maya Lithic Conference. American Antiquity. 58:382
  • Kintz, Ellen R. - 1998 Women and the Yucatec Maya Frontier: Tenacity of Tradition and Tragedy of Transformation. Sex Roles. Special Volume, papers solicited, organized, and edited by E.R. Kintz
  • Kintz, Ellen R. 2004 The Transformation of Paradise: Deep, Social, and Political Ecology Among the Yucatec Maya of Coba, Quintana Roo, Mexico. A Dialogical Approach. Betty Faust and E. N. Anderson (eds.) Rights, Resources, Culture and Conservationin the Land of the Maya. Praeger, Westport, CT.