Jessica MacLellan

Jessica MacLellan

Jessica MacLellan

Postdoctoral Scholar and Lecturer


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Teaching Spring 2021
ANTHRO 119: Public Spaces, Past and Present

Fields of Study



Mesoamerica; Preclassic Maya; ritual; household archaeology; public spaces; development of complex societies


2020. MacLellan, J., M. Burham, and M.B. Méndez Bauer. “Community Engagement around the Maya Archaeological Site of Ceibal, Guatemala.” Heritage 3(3):637-648.

2020. Sharpe, A., T. Inomata, D. Triadan, M. Burham, J. MacLellan, J. Munson, and F. Pinzón. “The Maya Preclassic to Classic Transition Observed Through Faunal Trends from Ceibal, Guatemala.” PLoS ONE 15(4): e0230892.

2019. MacLellan, Jessica. “Preclassic Maya Caches in Residential Contexts: Variation and Transformation in Deposition Practices at Ceibal.” Antiquity 93(371):1249-1265.

2019. MacLellan, Jessica. “Preclassic Maya Houses and Rituals: Excavations at the Karinel Group, Ceibal.” Latin American Antiquity 30(2):415-421.

2017. Aoyama, K., T. Inomata, D. Triadan, F. Pinzón, J.M. Palomo, J. MacLellan, and A. Sharpe. “Early Maya Ritual Practices and Craft Production: Late Middle Preclassic Ritual Deposits Containing Obsidian Artifacts at Ceibal, Guatemala.” Journal of Field Archaeology 42(5):408-422.

2017. Triadan, D., V. Castillo, T. Inomata, J.M. Palomo, M.B. Méndez, M. Cortave, J. MacLellan, M. Burham, and E. Ponciano. “Power and Social Relations in a Middle Preclassic Community: Elite Residential Complexes at Ceibal.” Ancient Mesoamerica 28(1):233-264.

2017. Inomata, T., D. Triadan, J. MacLellan, M. Burham, K. Aoyama, J.M. Palomo, H. Yonenobu, F. Pinzón, and H. Nasu. “High-Precision Radiocarbon Dating of Political Collapse and Dynastic Origins at the Maya Site of Ceibal, Guatemala.” PNAS 114(6):1293-1298.

2016. MacLellan, J., M.A. Cordero, and E. Mejía. “Vida diaria y ritual al principio de la civilización maya: Investigaciones en el Grupo Karinel, Ceibal.” In XXIX Simposio de Investigaciones Arqueológicas en Guatemala, 2015, Vol. 1 (Arroyo, Ed.):251-261. Ministerio de Cultura y Deportes, Instituto de Antropología e Historia, and Asociación Tikal, Guatemala City.

2015. Inomata, T., J. MacLellan, and M. Burham. “The Construction of Public and Domestic Spheres in the Preclassic Maya Lowlands.” American Anthropologist 117(3):519-534.

2015. Inomata, T., J. MacLellan, D. Triadan, J. Munson, M. Burham, K. Aoyama, H. Nasu, F. Pinzón, and H. Yonenobu. “The Development of Sedentary Communities in the Maya Lowlands: Co-Existing Mobile Groups and Public Ceremonies at Ceibal, Guatemala.” PNAS 112(14):4268-4273. 

Awards & Grants

2021. H. & T. King Grant for Precolumbian Archaeology ($15,000), Society for American Archaeology.

2021-2022. Smithsonian Institution Postdoctoral Fellowship (postponed due to pandemic).

2018. Haury Dissertation Fellowship, School of Anthropology, University of Arizona.

2016-2017. Junior Fellowship, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library & Collection.

2015. Dissertation Improvement Award BCS-1518794 ($25,200), National Science Foundation.

2009-2013. Jacob K. Javits Fellowship, U.S. Department of Education.

2009. Phi Beta Kappa, Boston University.


Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Arizona, 2019

M.A., Anthropology, University of Arizona, 2011

B.A., summa cum laude, Archaeology, Boston University, 2009