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James Aimers

Bailey 148
Portrait of Jim Aimers

Jim Aimers has been a member of the Geneseo faculty since 2008.

Office Hours

Fall 2021 Office hours:
via Zoom Tues/Thur 8-9:30 am
or email for an appointment.

Curriculum Vitae


  • M.A Trent University, Peterborough ON.

  • Ph.D. Tulane University, New Orleans LA


  • 2019 Aimers, James J., Jaime J. Awe, and Lisa J. Lecount -- A Contextual Analysis of Terminal Classic Pottery from Cahal Pech Belize. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 16: 133-141

  • 2018 Scott E. Simmons, Tracie Mayfield, James J. Aimers, and W. James Stemp The Maya of Ambergris Caye and their Neighbors. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 15: 329-339.

  • 2017 Aimers, J. Maya Migration Revisited. In Trading Spaces: The Archaeology of Migration, Interaction, and Exchange, edited by Margaret Patton and Jessica Manion, pp 8-18. University of Calgary, Calgary.

  • 2017 Aimers, James J., Kay McCarron, Scott Simmons, and Elizabeth Graham The Pottery of Marco Gonzalez, Belize. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 14: 363-372.

  • 2017 Awe, Jaime J., Julie A. Hogarth and James J. Aimers - Of Apples and Oranges: The Case of E-Groups and Eastern Triadic Architectural Assemblages in the Belize River Valley. In Early Maya E Groups, Solar Calendars, and the Role of Astronomy in the Rise of Lowland Maya Urbanism, edited by David A. Freidel, Arlen F. Chase, Anne Dowd, and Jerry Murdock, pp 412-449. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

  • 2016 Aimers, James, Elizabeth Haussner, Dori Farthing, and Satoru Murata An Expedient Pottery Technology and Its Implications for Ancient Maya Trade and Interaction. In Perspectives on the Ancient Maya of Chetumal Bay, edited by Debra Walker, pp, 149-161. University Press of Florida, Gainesville.

  • 2015 Aimers, James, Elizabeth Haussner, and Dori Farthing The Ugly Duckling: Insights into Ancient Maya Commerce and Industry from Pottery Petrography. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 12: 89-95.

  • 2014 Aimers, J. Follow the Leader: Fine Orange Pottery Systems in the Maya Lowlands. In The Maya and Their Central American Neighbors: Settlement Patterns, Architecture, Hieroglyphic Texts, and Ceramics, edited by Geoffrey Braswell, pp. 308- 332. Routledge, New York.

  • 2014 Aimers, J. The Sexual Colonization of the Ancient Maya. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology 11:155-162.

  • 2014 Aimers, J. and E. Graham Cacao, Coast, and Commerce: Continuity Through Change at Tipu, Belize. In Climates of Change: The Shifting Environments of Archaeology, edited C. Tremain, S. Lacey and M. Sawyer, pp. 181-202. Chacmool Archaeological Society, Calgary.

  • 2014 Aimers, J, and G. Iannone The Dynamics of Ancient Maya Developmental History. In The Great Maya Droughts in Cultural Context: Case Studies in Resilience and Vulnerability, edited by G. Iannone, pp. 21-50. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.

  • 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.

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


  • 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 229: S/M/Ethnography & Film

    This course is designed to explore ethnography and with a focus on the use of photography, film and video in the representation of individuals and groups. Students will be exposed to the history of ethnographic film and its current relationship to documentary and fiction film. What are the strengths and weakness of visual representations in anthropology compared to written representations? Students will be required to engage in data collection, analysis and interpretation in the production of a short ethnographic film and an accompanying website.

  • ANTH 235: S/M/Ancnt Civ-Mesomerica&Andes

    A study of pre-Columbian societies in Middle America and South America. Focus is on the evolution of early hunting and gathering peoples through state organization. Major transformations in cultural evolution are treated (the domestication process, urbanization and the rise of the state). Alternative cultural and social systems are explored through analysis and interpretation of archaeological data.