Matthew Liebmann

Matthew Liebmann

Archaeology Program Director



Research and Teaching Interests: North American Archaeology, Southwest US, contact and colonialism in the Americas, Historic Pueblos, NAGPRA

Matthew Liebmann is a Professor of Archaeology and the Archaeology Program Director in the Department of Anthropology at Harvard University.  His research interests include the archaeology of the Southwest U.S., historical archaeology and historical anthropology, collaborative archaeology, the archaeology of colonialism, archaeological theory, and postcolonialism.  He has conducted collaborative research with the Pueblo of Jemez since 2001, and formerly served as Tribal Archaeologist and NAGPRA Program Director at the  Jemez Department of Natural Resources.  He is the author of Revolt: An Archaeological History of Pueblo Resistance and Revitalization in 17th Century New Mexico (2012) and the co-editor of Archaeology and the Postcolonial Critique (with Uzma Rizvi, 2008) and Enduring Conquests: Rethinking the Archaeology of Resistance to Spanish Colonialism in the Americas (with Melissa S. Murphy, 2011).

Selected Publications

  • From Landscapes of Meaning to Landscapes of Signification in the American Southwest. American Antiquity (2017)
  • Native American Depopulation, Reforestation, and Fire Regimes in the Southwest U.S., 1492-1900 C.E. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016)
  • The Mickey Mouse Kachina and Other “Double Objects”: Hybridity in the Material Culture of Colonial Encounters. Journal of Social Archaeology (2015)
  • The Innovative Materiality of Revitalization Movements: Lessons from the Pueblo Revolt of 1680. American Anthropologist (2008) 
  • Pueblo Settlement, Architecture, and Social Change in the Pueblo Revolt Era, A.D. 1680-1696. Journal of Field Archaeology (2005)



Contact Information

Peabody Museum 566
11 Divinity Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138
p: (617) 496-3125

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