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Leslie C. Shaw

Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology
Liaison for Native American Affairs

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Ph.D. University of Massachusetts at Amhert
M.A. University of Wyoming, Laramie
B.A. University of Maine at Orono

Research Interests

Leslie Shaw has taught at Bowdoin College for twelve years as a visiting assistant professor in anthropology. Her specialty in archaeology has led her to do research in Belize in Central American, the American northeast, the high plains of Wyoming, and on Easter Island in Polynesia. Professor Shaw is currently co-directing the Maax Na Archaeology Project in Belize with Dr. Eleanor King (Howard University) where they have offered field programs for Bowdoin and Howard students. A field program is scheduled for May-June of 2012.

For the past three years, Dr. Shaw has worked in a part-time position as the Liaison for Native American Affairs out of the President’s Office.  In this capacity, she works with the Wabanaki-Bates-Bowdoin-Colby (WBBC) Collaborative, which focuses on increasing the number of Wabanaki students who attend college and improves the awareness of Wabanaki culture and issues on BBC campuses.  Dr. Shaw also organizes the Wabanaki Arts Festival, which is held at Bowdoin each spring.

  • Anth 102 World Prehistory

  • Anth 206 / WS 206 The Archaeology of Gender and Ethnicity

  • Anth 221 The Rise of Civilization

  • Anth 229/LAS Maya Archaeology and Ethnohistory

  • Anth 239 Indigenous Peoples of North America

  • Anth 241 Indigenous Peoples of the American Northeast

  • Anth 249/LAS Mesoamerican Civilization

In press  The Elusive Maya Marketplace: An Archaeological Consideration of the Evidence, Journal of Archaeological Research.

2003 A Heterarchical Approach to Site Variability: the Maax Na Archaeology Project, coauthors Eleanor M. King and L. Shaw. In Archaeology in the Three Rivers Region, edited by Vernon Scarborough, Fred Valdez Jr., and Nicolas Dunning, pp. 64-76.  University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

2002 The Maax Na Archaeology Project: Documentation of Stelae, Altars, and Cave Entrances in the West Ceremonial Group. Foundation for the Advancement of Mesoamerican Studies, Inc, On-line reports.  http://www.famsi.org/reports/00100/index.html