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Vernon L. Scarborough

Title: Charles P. Taft Professor and Distinguished Research Professor
Office: 452 Braunstein Hall
Tel: 513-556-5776
Email: vernon.scarborough@uc.edu

Vernon L. Scarborough is a Distinguished University Research Professor and a Charles Phelps Taft Professor in Anthropology at the University of Cincinnati.  His topical interests remain settlement, land use, and water management in the context of the archaic state.  By examining ancient engineered water systems and landscapes, he addresses societal sustainability issues from a comparative ecological perspective. To achieve this end, he has emphasized cross-disciplinary exchange and international fieldwork. He has taught and conducted fieldwork at the University of Khartoum, Sudan (postdoctoral exchange with Southern Methodist University—1981-82), the University of Peshawar, Pakistan (Fulbright Fellowship 1986), and the University of Texas at El Paso (1982-1986). In addition to ongoing land use and water management studies in Belize and Guatemala, he has worked in the Argolid, Greece (1994) and Bali, Indonesia (1998). He has been directly funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, and the Wenner-Gren Foundation (Balinese support) in addition to several grants from the Taft Foundation Fund and the University of Cincinnati. He received a Weatherhead Fellowship (1995-95) and two Summer Resident Scholarships (1996, 2000) from the School of American Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. In 2004, he was awarded the All-University Faculty Rieveschl Award for Creative and Scholarly Works from the University of Cincinnati. Most recently he received a Taft Center Fellowship for the academic year 2006-07. He has published 7 books and over 70 book chapters and journal articles. He is currently editing the volume Water and Humanity: A Historical Overview for UNESCO, a major initiative of their International Hydrological Program (Delft). He is also a member of the Scientific Steering Committee with IHOPE (Integrated History for the Future of the People of Earth—an effort of the IGBP—International Geosphere and Biosphere Programme and the Stockholm Resilience Center) for both the global (Berlin meeting) and the regional Asia (Akita, Japan) and Americas (Santa Fe) initiatives. Since 1992, he has been co-director of the Programme for Belize Archaeological Project, a large, annually active, research project in northwestern Belize. For more information on Programme for Belize follow link: http://uts.cc.utexas.edu/%7Emarl/pfbap.htm

Education

  • PhD, S Methodist U, 1980.

Research Information

Research Interests

Water management, nonindustrial complex society, archaeology, ancient landscapes, tropical ecology, anthropological assessments of economy, resilience, and sustainability

Research Support

  • Scarborough, V. L. , Chair and Grant recipient for seminar in support for "IHOPE-Maya: Tropical sustainability from an Ancient context" at the School of American Research, Santa Fe . 2009.
  • Scarborough, V. L. , Alphawood In support of "Water Management and Agroforestry at Tikal, Guatamala.". $93, 094. 2009.
  • Scarborough V. L. , Unesco Editing support for "The UNESCO Water Project". . $6000. 2008.
  • Scarborough, V. L, co-investigator with David Lentz and Nicholas Dunning. , Wenner-Glen Foundation Anthropological Research . $24,973. 2008.
  • Scarborough, V. L., co-principal investigator with David Lentz and Nicholas Dunning., National Science Foundation . $249,276. 2008.
  • Scarborough, V.L., UNESCO. $8000. 2007.
  • Scarborough, V.L., Taft Research Center Fellowship . academic leave. 2006 to 2007.
  • Scarborough, V.L., Taft Competitive Faculty. $8000 . 2004.
  • Scarborough, V.L., All-University Faculty Rieveschl Award For Creative and Scholarly Works . $2000. 2004.
  • Scarborough, V.L., Publication Subvention, Charles Phelps Taft Memorial Fund. $5000. 2003.
  • Scarborough, V.L., Publication Subvention, Charles Phelps Taft Memorial Fund . $5000. 2002.
  • Scarborough, V.L., Summer Resident Scholar , School of American Research . 2000.
  • (PI with Nicholas Dunning--UC-Geography as Co-PI), Scarborough, V.L., Dunning, N., National Science Foundation Grant . $250,000. 1997 to 1998.
  • Scarborough, V.L., Anthropological Research, Wenner-Gren Foundation . $14,000. 1997 to 1998.
  • Scarborough, V.L., Faculty Research Grant from the University of Cincinnati , University Research Council . $5,000. 1997 to 1998.
  • Scarborough, V.L., Sabbatical Research, Charles Phelps Taft Memorial Fund. $12,000. 1996.
  • Scarborough, V.L., Summer Resident Scholar , School of American Research . supported partially by sabbatical leave from the University of Cincinnati. 1996.
  • Scarborough, V.L., Summer Resident Scholar , School of American Research. supported partially by the Taft Memorial Fund--1995 grant entry . 1995.
  • Scarborough, V.L., The University of Cincinnati Social Science Funding Program . $7,000. 1995.
  • Scarborough, V.L. & Dr. Sam Sherrill--C-DAAP, University Support for Faculty Development, The Office of the President at the University of Cincinnati . $4,800. 1995.
  • Scarborough, V.L., Summer , Charles Phelps Taft Memorial Fund . $4,000. 1995.
  • Scarborough, V.L., Weatherhead, School of American Research Resident Scholar Program. $30,000 . 1994 to 1995.
  • Scarborough, V.L., Competitive Taft Faculty . $15,000. 1992.
  • Scarborough, V.L., National Geographic Society with matching funds from National Endowment for the Humanities. $15,000. 1991.
  • Scarborough, V.L. , Summer Faculty Research Fellowship from the University of Cincinnati . $3,500. 1990.
  • Scarborough, V.L. , University Research Council Faculty Research Grant from the University of Cincinnati. $8,100. 1990.
  • Scarborough, V.L. , Charles Phelps Taft Memorial Fund. $900. 1990.
  • Scarborough, V.L., Charles Phelps Taft Memorial Fund. $2,200. 1988.
  • Scarborough, V.L., Senior Fulbright Research/Lecturer Fellowship to the Department of Archaeology . approximately $20,000. 1986.
  • Scarborough, V.L., Funded by the Arizona State Museum and the University of Arizona, Tucson. $10,000. 1985.
  • Scarborough, V.L. , University of Khartoum Research. $2,000. 1982.
  • Scarborough, V.L., National Science Foundation dissertation improvement. $8,000. 1979.
  • Scarborough, V.L., , Southern Methodist University, Institute for the Study of Earth and Man . $3,000. 1977.
  • Scarborough, V.L., Summer Internship with the Western Interstate Commission. $5,000. 1975.
  • Scarborough, V.L., Summer Internship with the Western Interstate Commission. $5,000. 1974.
  • (PI), Scarborough, Vernon, An Accretive Model of Land and Water Use for the Ancient Maya of Northwest Belize, National Science Foundation. (BCS-9631024), $249,514.00. 01/01/1997 to 06/30/2000. Status: Closed.
  • (Collaborator), Dunning, Nicholas; Lentz, David; Scarborough, Vernon, Agroforestry and Water Management Practices of the Ancient Maya of Tikal, Wenner-Gren Foundation. (SRS 005863), $24,973.00. 07/01/2008 to 06/30/2009. Status: Closed.
  • (Collaborator), Dunning, Nicholas; Lentz, David; Scarborough, Vernon, Ancient Maya Agroforestry and Water Management Systems at Tikal, National Science Foundation. (BCS-0810118), $171,693.00. 01/01/2009 to 12/31/2013. Status: Active.
  • (PI), Dunning, Nicholas; Scarborough, Vernon, An Interdisciplinary Investigation of Climatic and Environmental Change In An Early Puebloan Society, UC's University Research Council. (URC Intersiciplinary Awards), $25,000.00. 04/01/2014 to 03/31/2015. Status: Active.
  • (Collaborator), Czaja, Andrew; Dunning, Nicholas; Hamilton, Trinity; Lentz, David; Scarborough, Vernon, Novel Molecular and Geochemical Analyses of Reservoir Sediments at the Ancient Maya City of Tikal, National Science Foundation. (BCS-1642547), $34,937.00. 09/01/2016 to 08/31/2017. Status: Active.
  • (Collaborator), Dunning, Nicholas; Lentz, David; Scarborough, Vernon, Long-Term Human Land, Forest, and Water Management in a Tropical Environment, National Science Foundation. (BCS-1632392), $231,563.00. 09/01/2016 to 02/29/2020. Status: Active.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Scarborough, V.L. and Lisa Lucero. 2011 “The Non-Hierarchical Development of Complexity in the Semitropics: Water and Cooperation”(invited).  Water History 2(2):185-205.
  • Scarborough, V.L. Lisa Lucero and Joel Gunn. 2011 “Climate Change and Classic Maya Water Management. Special Issue, "Managing Water Resources and Development in a Changing Climate." Water 3, 479-494.[Link]
  • Scarborough, V.L. 1998. "Ecology and Ritual: Water Management and the Maya." Latin American Antiquity 8(2): 135-159. [Link]
  • Scarborough, V.L. 1994. "Mesoamerican Graffiti." The Sciences 34(2): 40-45. [Link]
  • Scarborough, V.L. 1992. "Flow of Power." The Sciences 32: 38-43. [Link]
  •  Scarborough, V.L. 1992. "La Distribution de l'Eau dans l'Empire Maya." La Recherche 23: 924-926.
  • Scarborough, V.L., G. Gallopin. 1991."A Water Storage Adaptation in the Maya Lowlands." Science 251: 658-662. [Link]
  • Scarborough, V.L. 1989. "Site Structure of a Village of the Late Pithouse-Early Pueblo Period in New Mexico." Journal of Field Archaeology 16(4):405-425. [Link]
  •  Scarborough, V.L. 1988. "Pakistani Water: 4500 Years of Manipulation." Focus 38(1):12-17. [Link]
  • Scarborough, V.L. 1988. "A Water Storage Adaption in the America Southwest." Journal of Anthropological Research 44(1): 21-40. [Link]
  • Scarborough, V.L. and R. Robertson. 1986. "Civic and Residential Settlement at a Late Preclassic Maya Center." Journal of Field Archaeology 13: 155-175. [Link]
  • Scarborough, V.L., B. Mitchum, H. Carr, and D. Freidel. 1982. "Two Preclassic Ballcourts at the Lowland Maya Center of Cerros, Northern Belize." Journal of Field Archaeology 9: 21-34. [Link]

Book Chapter

  •  Scarborough, V.L. and W. Burnside.  2010. "Global Change: Mapping Culture onto Climate." In Climate Crises in the Human Past, edited by Claudio Vita-Finzi and Robert Giegengack. Transactions of the American Philosophical Society. 
  •  Scarborough, V.L.  2009. "Beyond Sustainability: Managed Wetlands and Water Harvesting in Ancient Mesoamerica" In "The Socio-Natural Connection: Integrating Archaeology and Environmental Studies.", edited by C.T. Fisher, J.B. Hill, and G.M. Feinman. University of Arizona Press.
  •  Scarborough, VL.  2009. "Beyond Sustainability: Managed Wetlands and Water Harvesting in Ancient Mesoamerica." pp. 62-82 In The Archaeology of Environmental Change: Socionatural Legacies of Degradation and Resilience, edited by C. T. Fisher, J. B. Hill, and G. M. Feinman . University of Arizona Press, Tucson. 
  •  Scarborough, V.L., C.L Redman, C.L. Crumley, F. Hassan, K.F. Hole, Morais, F. Riedel, J.A. Tainter, P. Turchin and Y. Yasuda. 2007. "Group Report: Millennial Perspective on the Dynamic Interaction of Climate, People, and Resources" pp. 115-148 in "Sustainablility or Collapse? Integrated History and of Future of People on Earth (IHOPE).", edited by R. Costanza, L. Graumlich, and W. Steffen. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. Dahlem Workshop Report 96R. Junior Author
  • Scarborough, V.L. and J. Clark. 2007. "Introduction." pp. 1-10 in "The Political Economy of Ancient Mesoamerica: Transformations during the Formative and Classic Periods.", edited by V.L. Scarborough and J. Clark. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press.
  • Scarborough, V.L. 2007. "The Rise and Fall of the Ancient Maya: A Case Study in Political Ecology" pp. 51-60 in "Sustainability or Collapse? Integrated History and Future of People on Earth (IHOPE).", edited by R. Costanza, L. Gramlich and W. Steffen. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press. 
  • Scarborough, V.L.  2007. "Colonizing a Landscape: Water and Wetlands in Ancient Mesoamerica." pp. 163-174 in "The Political Economy of Ancient Mesoamerica: Transformations during the Formative and Classic Periods", edited by V.L. Scarborough and J. Clark. Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press. Author 0826342981
  •  Scarborough, V.L. 2006. "An Overview of Mesoamerican Water Systems." pp. 223-236 in "Precolumbian Water Management: Ideology, Ritual and Power", edited by B.L. Fash and L.J. Lucero. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. 
  • Scarborough, V.L. 2006. "Intensification and the Political Economy: A Contextual Overview." pp. 401-418 in "Agricultural Strategies", edited by J. Marcus and C. Stanish. Los Angeles: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA.
  • Scarborough, V.L., J.S. Lansing and J.W. Schoenfelder. 2006. "Rappaport's Rose: Structure, Agency, and Historical Contingency in Ecological Anthropology." pp. 325-358 in "Reimagining Political Ecology", edited by A. Biersack and J.B. Greenberg. Durham: Duke University Press.  978-0-8223-3685-3 
  • Scarborough, V.L. 2005. "Landscapes of Power"  pp. 209-228 in "A Catalyst for Ideas: Anthropological Archaeology and the Legacy of Douglas W. Schwartz."  edited by V.L. Scarborough. Santa Fe: School of American Research Press.
  •  Scarborough, V.L. 2005. "Introduction." pp. 3-18 in "A Catalyst for Ideas: Anthropological Archaeology and the Legacy of Douglas W. Schwartz", edited by V.L. Scarborough. Santa Fe: School of American Research Press. 
  •  Scarborough, V.L., R.E.W. Adams, et al. 2004. "Programme for Belize Archaeological Project: A History of Archaeological Research." pp. 175-184 in Archaeological Investigations in the Eastern Maya Lowlands: Papers of the 2003 Belize Archaeology Symposium, edited by J. Awe, J. Morris, and S. Jones. Belmopan, Belize: Institute of Archaeology. Second Author.
  • Scarborough, V.L., F. Valdez. 2003. "The Engineered Environment and Political Economy of the Three Rivers Region." pp. 3-13 in "Heterarchy, Political Economy, and the Ancient Maya: The Three Rivers Region of the East-Central Yucatan Peninsula", edited by V.L. Scarborough et al. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. 978-0816522736 Senior Author
  • Schreiber, Katharina and Josue Lancho Rojas. 2003. "Forward." pp. xv-xviii in "Irrigation and Society in the Peruvian Desert: The Puquios of Nasca". Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
  • Scarborough, V.L., F. Valdez, and N. Dunning. 2003. "Introduction: Archaeological Research in the Three Rivers Region" pp. xiii-xx in "Heterarchy, Political Economy, and the Ancient Maya: The Three Rivers Region of the East-Central Yucatan Peninsula.", edited by V.L. Scarborough, et al. Tucson: University of Arizona Press.
  • Beach, Timothy, Sheryl Luzzadder Beach, Nicholas Dunning and V.L. Scarborough. 2003. "Depression Soils in the Lowland Tropics of Northwestern Belize: Anthropogenic and Natural Origins." pp. 139-174 in "Lowland Maya Area: Three Millennia at the Human-Wildland Interface", edited by A. Gomez-Pompa, M.F. Allen, S.L. Fedick, and J.J. Jimenez-Osornio. Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press. 
  • Scarborough, V.L. 2003. "Ballcourts and Reservoirs: The Social Construction of a Tropical Landscape." pp. 77-92 in "Maya Space: Representations, Uses and Beliefs.", edited by A. Breton, A. Monod Becquelin, and M.H. Ruz. Mexico: Centro de Estudios Mayas (UNAM)/CEMCA.
  • Scarborough, V.L. 2002. "Physical and Cultural Properties of Ancient Water Management." pp. 1-28 in "Encyclopedia of Life Support Systems", edited by D. Hardesty. Oxford, England: UNESCO.
  •  Scarborough, V.L. 2001. "Hydrology." pp. 352-356 in "The Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America: an Encyclopedia", edited by S. Evans and D. Webster. New York: Garland Publishing.
  • Scarborough, V.L. 2001. "Ballgame." pp. 67-71 in "The Archaeology of Ancient Mexico and Central America: an Encyclopedia", edited by S. Evans and D. Webster. New York: Garland Publishing.
  • Scarborough, V.L. 2000. "Resilience, Resource Use, and Socioeconomic Organization: A Mesoamerican Pathway." pp. 195-212 in "Natural Disaster and the Archaeology of Human Response", edited by G. Bawden and R. Reycraft. Albuquerque: Maxwell Museum of Anthropology and the University of New Mexico Press.
  • Scarborough, V.L. 1996. "Reservoirs and Watersheds in the Central Maya Lowlands." pp. 304-314 in "The Managed Mosaic: Ancient Maya Agriculture and Resource Use", edited by S. Fedick. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press. 
  • Scarborough, V.L. 1996. "Water, Power, and Organizational Planes." in "V Encuentro: Los Investigadores de la Cultura Maya", edited by W. Folan. Campeche, Mexico: Universidad Autonoma de Campeche. 
  •  Scarborough, V.L.  1994. "Water Management as a Function of Locational and Appropriational Movements and the Case of the Classic Maya of Tikal." pp. 105-121 in "From Political Economy to Anthropology: Situating Economic Life in Past Societies", edited by C.M. Duncan and D.W. Tandy. Montreal, Canada: Black Rose Books.
  • Scarborough, V.L. 1993. "Introduction." pp. 1-14 in "Economic Aspects of Water Management in the Prehispanic New World", edited by V.L. Scarborough and B.L. Isaac. Greenwich: JAI Press. From "Research in Economic Anthropology, Supplement 7."
  •  Scarborough, V.L.  1993. "Water Management in the Southern Maya Lowlands: An Accretive Model for the Engineered Landscape." pp. 17-69 in "Economic Aspects of Water Management in the Prehispanic New World", edited by V.L. Scarborough and B.L. Isaac. Greenwich: JAI Press. From "Research in Economic Anthropology, Supplement 7"
  • Scarborough, V.L. 1992. "Ceramics, Sedentism, and Agricultural Dependency at a Late Pithouse-Early Pueblo Period Village." pp. 307-333 in "Research in Economic Anthropology, Supplement 6", edited by B.L. Isaac. Greenwich: JAI Press. 
  • Scarborough, V.L.  1991. "The Mesoamerican Ballgame." pp. 129-144 in "Courting the Maya Lowlands: A Study in Pre-Hispanic Ballgame Architecture", edited by V.L. Scarborough and D. Wilcox. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. 
  •  Scarborough, V.L. 1991. "Water Management Adaptations in Non-Industrial Complex Societies: An Archaeological Perspective." pp. 101-154 in "Archaeological Method and Theory, Volume 3", edited by M.B. Schiffer. Tucson: University of Arizona Press. 
  • Scarborough, V.L. 1986. "The Dispersed Settlement." pp. 23-44 in "Archaeology at Cerros, Belize, Central America, Volume I", edited by R.A. Robertson and D.A. Freidel. Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press. 
  • Scarborough, V.L. 1986. "Mongollon Variability." pp. 271-284 in "Meyer Pithouse Village: A Preliminary Assessment", edited by C. Benson and S. Upham. Las Cruces, New Mexico: New Mexico State University, The University Museum, Occasional Papers, Num.
  • Scarborough, V.L. 1986. "Drainage Canal and Raised Field Excavations." pp. 75-88 in "Archaeology at Cerros, Belize, Central America, Volume I", edited by R.A. Robertson and D.A. Freidel. Dallas: Southern Methodist University Press.  
  • Scarborough, V.L. 1985. "Late Preclassic Northern Belize: Context and Interpretation." pp. 331-344 in "Status, Structure and Stratification: Current Archaeological Reconstructions, Proceedings of the 16th Annual Chacmool Conference", edited by M. Thompson, M.T. Garcia, and F.J. Kense. University of Calgary. 
  • Scarborough, V.L. 1985. "The Anapra Pueblo Site." pp. 129-136 in "Proceedings of the 3rd Annual Jornada Mongollon Conference", edited by M.S. Foster and T.C. O'Laughlin. El Paso.  "The Artifact", vol. 23, nos. 1 and 2
  • Scarborough, V.L. 1983. "Raised Field Detection at Cerros, Northern Belize." pp. 123-136 in "Drained Field Agriculture in Central and South America", edited by J.P. Darch. Oxford: British Archaeological Reports.
  • Scarborough, V.L. 1982. "Subsistence, Trade and Development of the Coastal Maya." pp. 131-151 in "Maya Subsistence: Studies in Memory of Dennis E. Puleston", edited by K.V. Flannery. New York: Academic Press.

Other Publications

  •  Scarborough, V. L. 2009. "Future of Planet Earth: Seminar Proceedings". Sponsored by UNESCO/Man and Biosphere Programme and Foundation For the Future, Paris, France, published by Foundation for the Future, Seattle, WA.   
  • Scarborough, V.L., Connolly, Robert., Ross, Steven. 2003. "Water Management at Kinal and Adjacent Sites." Ixcanrio Research Reports 1&2: The 1990-1991Seasons, edited by R.E.W Adams and F.Valdez, Jr., 340, 393. University of Texas at San Antonio
  •  Scarborough, V.L. 2001. "Archaeologicqal Investigations of the Meyer Pithouse Village, Fort Bliss, Texas." 2, (Appendices), Appendix A and B. 2001S (edited by John A. Peterson). US Army Air Defense Artillery Center and Fort Bliss, Directorate of the Environment, Conservation Division, Fort Bliss, Texas
  • Scarborough, V.L. 2001. "Archaeological Investigations of the Meyer Pithouse Village, Fort Bliss, Texas." 1, Chapters 2, 5, 6, 9, 12, 13, 14, 16, and 18. 2001S (edited by John A. Peterson). U.S. Army Air Defense Artillery Center and Fort Bliss, Texas.
  •  Scarborough, V.L. 1994. "Water Management Studies at Midea and Adjacent Areas, Greece."  Report submitted to Professor Gisela Walber and the Classics Department, University of Cincinnati.
  • Scarborough, V.L., Becher, M.E., Baker, J.L., Harris, G., Hensz, J.D. 1992. "Water Management Studies at La Milpa, Belize." 1992S Report submitted to National Geographic Society, Grant No.4595-91
  •  Scarborough, V.L., Cliff, M.B., Baird, L., Garber, J.F. 1981. "Archaeology and History of Lake Ray Roberts, Vol.2, Testing of Sites Environmental Consultants, Inc. Dallas." 
  • Scarborough, V.L. 1975. "Archaeological Survey in the Jefferson Planning Units of Jefferson County, Montana. WICHE, Boulder." 
  • Scarborough, V.L. 1974. "Archaeologial and Historical Survey in the West Dillion and Tendoy Mountain Planning Units of Beaverhead County, Montana. WICHE, Boulder." 

In Press

  • Scarborough, V. L. and Fred Valdez.  2010. "The Prehistoric Maya of Northern Belize: Issues of Drought and Cultural Transformations." In the Great Maya Droughts in Cultural Context, edited by G. Iannone. University Press of Colorado.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Scarborough, V. L. (2010). Presentation entitled, “Wetland Water Management: Past and Present." Chair and presenter for the seminar “IHOPE-Maya: Tropical Sustainability from an Ancient Context” sponsored by the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, Tempe and Integrated History (and Future) of the People on Earth (IHOPE).
  • Scarborough, V. L. (2010). "The Cultural Impact of Past and Future Water Access: Through an Archaeological Looking Glass” “Water: The Crisis Ahead” sponsored by the Foundation for the Future (FFF) , Seattle, WA.
  • Scarborough, V. L. (2010). Chair for the seminar and workshop “IHOPE-Maya: Tropical Sustainability from an Ancient Context” sponsored by the Amerind Foundation, Dragoon, AZ.
  • Scarborough, V. L. (2010). Scientific Steering Committee Member meeting for IHOPE (Integrated History of the People on Earth) and the Stockholm Resilience Center sponsored by NCEAS (Nat’l Cntr for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis), Santa Barbara, CA.
  • Scarborough, V. L. (2010). “The Wet and the Dry: Water Abundance and Ancient Social Complexity” Water in the Ancient World, University of Pennsylvania Museum,, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Scarborough, V. L. (2010). Presentation entitled, “Wetlands to Drylands: From Agricultural Origins to the Archaic State” Department of Anthropology, Ohio State University,, Columbus OH.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2009). Chair and presenter for the seminar "IHOPE-Maya and Tropical Sustainability from an Ancient Context" sponsored by the School for Advanced Research, Santa Fe.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2009). Presentation entitled "The Self organizing Social Systems of Semitropical Societies" for the Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of Cincinnati.
  • Scarborough, V. L. (2009). Presentation entitled, “Complexity and Sustainability from the Ancient Maya to the Living Balinese,” for job talk at the Department of Anthropology, University of Texas at Austin..
  • Scarborough, V. L. (2009). Panel discussion for the Integrated History (and Future) of the People on Earth (IHOPE) global working group National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, Santa Barbara, CA .
  • Scarborough, V. L. (2009). “Environments, Water Systems and Cooperation from an Ancient Global Context,” for the workshop and panel discussion “Water and Power” sponsored by Department of Archaeology, University of Durham, England.
  • Scarborough, V. L. (2008). Presentation entitled "The Archaeology of Complexity” for a job talk at the Department of Anthropology , Vanderbilt University, Nashville.
  • Scarborough, V. L. (2008). Presentation Entitled "Complexity: Alternative Pathways" Integrated History and Future of People on Earth (IHOPE)-Americas Short Seminar , School of Advanced Research, Santa Fe..
  • Scarborough, V. L. (2008). Workshop and Panel Discussions Entitled "The Planet in 2050" sponsored by the National Center for Atmospheric Research and the International Geosphere and Biosphere Program, Lund University, Sweden.
  • Scarborough, V. L. (2008). Presentation entitled "the Ancient Maya and the Living Balinese" for the workshop and panel discussion "Climate Crises in Human History" for the workshop and panel discussion "Climate Crises in Human History" sponsored by the American Philosophical Society, University Museum, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2007). The UNESCO Water Volume VII. In an invited session entitled, “Water and Society: Past, Present, and Future” 106th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association Meetings , Washington, DC.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2007). The Role of Anthropological Archaeology: Addressing the Global Water Issue. Fifth International Water History Association (IWHA) Conference , Tampere, Finland .
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2007). Water Scarcity and Abundance: The Rate and Process of Cultural Pathways. In an invited session entitled, “The UNESCO Water Project: The Legacy of the Past” Seventy-Second Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology , Austin, Texas.
  • Film documentary for Japanese television (NHK) (2007). featuring segment on “Tikal Water Management".
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2007). Presentation entitled, “Ecology and Ritual: The Ancient Maya and the Living Balinese” ” for the Taft Center Fellow Symposium , at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2007). Presentation entitled, “Sustainable Complexity among the Ancient Maya and the Balinese” at the Integrated History and Future of People on Earth (IHOPE), Asia, Akita Prefecture, Japan.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2006). Presentation entitled, “Anthropological Archaeology and Water History” UNESCO—International Hydrological Programme, Delft, Netherlands.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2006). Presentation entitled, “Rate and Process of Societal Change in Semi-tropical Settings: The Ancient Maya and the Living Balinese the Environmental Protection Agency, Cincinnati, Ohio .
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2006). Discussant for the symposium entitled, “ Landscapes of Intensity” Seventy-First Annual Meetings of the Society for American Archaeology , Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2005). Discussant for the symposium entitled, “Space, Time, Metal and Mud: New Developments in the Reconstruction of Cultural Landscapes in Southeast Asian Archaeology” Seventieth Annual Meetings of the Society for American Archaeology , Salt Lake City, Utah.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2005). Presentation entitled, “Ecology and Ritual: The Ancient Maya and the Living Balinese” for the symposium “Environment, Economy and Civilization—The 21st Global Program” , at Lake Towada, Japan, sponsored by International Research Center for Japanese Studies .
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2005). “The Rise and Fall of the Ancient Maya: A Case Study in Political Ecology.” Ninety-Sixth Dahlem Workshop on “Integrated History and Future of People on Earth (IHOPE),”, Berlin, Germany.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2005). “Anthropogenic Landscapes: Social and Environmental Complexity in Lowland Latin America.” Seminar at Florianopolis, Santa Catarina, Brazil, sponsored by the Santa Fe Institute, Santa Catarina, Brazil.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2005). Presentation entitled “Rate and Process of Societal Change in the Tropics,” for the symposium “Environmental Controls on the Collapse of Civilizations: Lessons for the 21st Century” at the Quaternary Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2005). “The Cycles of Social and Environmental Complexity in Lowland Latin America.” Short Seminar at the School of American Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico .
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2004). Presentation entitled “Tropical Ecology and Economy: The Ancient Maya and the Living Balinese,” for the Department of Anthropology and the Middle American Research , Institute at Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2004). Presentation entitled “Tropical Ecology and Ritual: The Ancient Maya and the Living Balinese,” for the School of American Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico..
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2004). Presentation entitled “Beyond Sustainability: Managed Wetlands and Water Harvesting in Ancient Mesoamerica,” for the A. Watson Armour Spring Symposium entitled “Indigenous Ecologies and Sustainability: Humans and Landscape, Past and Present” at the Field Museum, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2004). Mesoamerican Wetlands and the Origins of the State. In an invited session entitled, “The Early Mesoamerican State: Papers in Honor of Barry Isaac” Sixty-Ninth Annual Meetings of the Society for American Archaeology, Montreal, Canada.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2003). Ancient Ecologies and Social Structures: The Import of Wetlands in the Emergence of Mesoamerican Civilization. In the invited session entitled, “Interaction between Human Groups and Lacustrine Environments in Mesoamerica” 15th International Congress of Anthropological and Ethnographic Sciences, Florence, Italy.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2003). Ballcourts and Reservoirs: The Social Construction of a Tropical Landscape. In the invited session entitled, “Sacred Water in Mesoamerica” 36th Annual Chacmool Conference , Calgary, Canada.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (Junior author with Nicholas Dunning and Timothy Beach) (2003). Altered Lands: Environmental Disruption and Cultural Adaptation in Ancient Societies Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers , New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (Second author with R.E.W. Adams, et. al) (2003). Programme for Belize Archaeological Project: A History of Archaeological Research The Belize Archaeological Symposium, Belize City, Belize.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2003). Presentation entitled “Tropical Ecology and Economy: The Ancient Maya and the Living Balinese,” ,” for the Texas Archaeological Research Laboratory and the Department of Anthropology , at the University of Texas at Austin, Texas .
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2003). Presentation entitled “Water Resource Management in Pre-Industrial States,” ,” for the Department of Mechanical Engineering , at the University of Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2003). Presentation entitled “Ancient Belize,” for the Honors Program at the University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2003). Presentation entitled “The Wetland Legacy of Ancient Mesoamerica,” ,” for the Fellows and staff of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, Umbria, Italy .
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2002). Monuments, Settlements, and Water Systems: History, Prehistory, and the Built Environment. In the invited session entitled, "Anthropological Archaeology from the School of American Research: Vision, Impact, and Conceptual Integration: Papers in Honor of Douglas Schwartz" Sixty-Seventh Annual Meetings of the Society for American Archaeology , Denver, Colorado.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2002). Discussant for the Symposium entitled, “The Prehispanic 'Fossilized' Canal Systems of the Tehuacan Valley: Their Distribution, Chronology, and Environmental Contexts" Sixty-Seventh Annual Meetings of the Society for American Archaelogy, Denver, Colorado.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (Senior author with Stephen Lansing) (2001). The Flow of Power. For an invited session entitled, "Complexity and the Idea of Power" 100th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C..
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2001). The Archaeology of Water Management Systems. For an invited session entitled, "Archaeology and Sustainable Development" American Association for the Advancement of Science Annual Meeting , San Francisco, California.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (Senior author with Nicholas Dunning, Richard Hutchinson, and Jason Herrmann) (2001). Evolution of a Maya Landscape: La Milpa and its Immediate Hinterlands. For a session in Honor of R.E.W. Adams' Contributions Sixty-Sixth Annual Meetings for the Society for American Archaeology , New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2001). Discussant for Symposium entitled, "Precolumbian Water Management: Ideology, Ritual and Power" Sixty-Sixth Annual Meetings for the Society for American Archaeology , New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2001). Presentation entitled "Maya Water Control: A Global Perspective," for the Trustees of the University of Cincinnati Foundation, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2001). Presentation entitled "Tropical Economy and Economy: The Ancient Maya and the Living Balinese," for the Federal Chapter of Sigma Xi in Cincinnati (EPA and NIOSH), , Cincinnati, Ohio .
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2001). Presentation entitled "Tropical Ecology and Economy: The Ancient Maya and the Living Balinese," for the International Conference on Comparative Archaeology: Old and New World Prehistory at the Crossroads, Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio..
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2001). Presentation entitled "Tropical Ecology and Economy: The Ancient Maya and the Living Balinese," for the Department of Anthropology and the Peabody Museum, Harvard University, , Cambridge, Massachusetts .
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2000). Ballcourts and Reservoirs: The Social Construction of a Tropical Landscape. International Invitational Conference entitled "Maya Spaces: Representations, Uses and Beliefs," at the University of Paris X Nanterre, Paris, France .
  • Scarborough, V.L. (2000). Presentation entitled "Tropical Ecology and Economy: The Ancient Maya and Living Balinese," for the School of American Research, Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Scarborough, V.L. [Junior author with Timothy Beach (Georgetown University), Nicholas Dunning (UC) and Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach (George Mason University)] (2000). Environmental Change in the Bajos of the Three Rivers Region, Northwestern Belize Sixty-Fifth Annual Meetings of the Society for American Archaeology, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1999). The Engineered Environment and Political Economy of the Three Rivers Region Sixty-Fourth Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology , Chicago, Illinois.
  • Scarborough, V.L. [Junior author with Nicholas Dunning (UC), Fred Valdez (University of Texas), John Jones (Texas A&M), Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach (George Mason University) and Timothy Beach (Georgetown University)] (1999). Water Mountain Breakdown: Ancient Maya Landscapes in Northwestern Belize Ninety-Fifth Annual Meetings of the Association of American Geographers, Honolulu, Hawaii.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1999). Presentation entitled "Tropical Ecology and Economy: The Ancient Maya and the Living Balinese," for the Department of Anthropology, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1999). Presentation entitled "Tropical Ecology and Ritual: The Ancient Maya and the Living Balinese," for the Honors Program Legacy Lecture, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, New Mexico .
  • Scarborough,V.L. (1999). Presentation entitled "Tropical Ecology and Ritual: The Ancient Maya and the Living Balinese," for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, New Mexico State University,, Las Cruces, New Mexico .
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1999). Presentation entitled "Tropical Ecology and Economy: The Ancient Maya and the Living Balinese," for the Department of Material Sciences and Mineral Engineering, , University of California at Berkeley .
  • Scarborough,V.L. (1998). Presentation entitled "Tropical Ecology and Ritual: The Ancient Maya and the Living Balinese," for the Department of Anthropology, Davidson College, North Carolina .
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1998). Presentation entitled "Two Worlds, One Planet: Statecraft and Human Ecology in the Tropics," for the Central Ohio Valley Archaeological Society in Cincinnati. , Ohio.
  • Scarborough, V.L. [Senior author with John Schoenfelder (UCLA) and Dr. Stephen Lansing (University of Arizona)] (1998). Water and Land Management at Sebatu, Bali Sixteenth Congress of the Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association, Melaka, Malaysia.
  • Scarborough, V.L. [Junior author with Drs. Nicholas Dunning (UC) and Fred Valdez (University of Texas)] (1998). Temple Mountains, Sacred Lakes, and Fertile Fields: Ancient Maya Landscapes in Northern Belize Sixty-Third Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Seattle, Washington.
  • Scarborough, V.L. [Junior author with Drs. Fred Valdez and Nicholas Dunning] (1998). Ancient Maya Soil and Water Use in Northern Belize Fourth Annual International Congress of Mayanists, Antigua, Guatemala.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1997). Sustainability, Resource Use, and Socioeconomic Organization: A Mesoamerican Pathway Sixty-Second Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Nashville, Tennessee.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1997). Presentation entitled "Tropical Ecology and Ritual: The Ancient Maya and Living Balinese," for the School of Natural Resources and the Environment , at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor .
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1997). Archaeology as Mediator: Its Role in Assessing the Loss of Cultural Property. For the School of American Research Advanced Seminar entitled, "Evolving New Strategies for Conserving Cultural Heritage," Santa Fe, New Mexico.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1997). Presentation entitled "Tropical Ecology and Ritual: The Ancient Maya and the Living Balinese," for the Department of Anthropology at the University of Kentucky, Lexington.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1997). Presentation entitled "Ecology and Ritual: Water Management and the Maya," for the School of American Research, , Santa Fe.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1996). The Ecology of Ritual: Water Management and the Maya. For the Conference entitled "Sacred Mountain, Sacred Stone: The Face of Maya Ritual." Fourteenth Annual Maya Weekend, University of Pennsylvania Museum, Philadelphia.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1996). Colloquium presentation entitled "Current Status of Archaeological Theory," for the School of American Research, Santa Fe.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1996). Presentation entitled "The Ecology of Ritual: Water Management and the Maya" for the Archaeological Institute of America and the Department of Anthropology at the University of Arizona, Tucson.
  • Scarborough, V.L. [Junior author with Richard Hutchinson (UC student) and Dr. M. Wilson Tabor (UC)] (1996). Environmental Health and Maya Archaeology Seventy-Third Annual Meeting of the Central States Anthropological Society, Covington, Kentucky.
  • Scarborough, V.L. [Junior author with Dr. M. Wilson Tabor (UC), Richard Hutchinson (UC student) and Dr. Andrew Manning (Kettering Institute)] (1996). Precolumbian Maya: A Retrospective Exposure Assessment Study. For a symposium entitled, "Modulation of Chemical Toxicity and Risk Assessment" for the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Tucson.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1995). An Accretive Model of Land and Water Use for the Ancient Maya of Northwestern Belize Sixtieth Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1995). Water, Power, and "Organizational Planes" in the Maya Area. For the Conference entitled "V Encuentro: Los Investigadores de la Cultura Maya" sponsored by the Universidad Autonoma de Campeche and the Instituto Nacional de Anthropologia e Historia, Campeche, Mexico .
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1995). Presentation entitled "The Flow of Power: Water Management among Ancient States" for the Maxwell Museum and the University of New Mexico Anthropology Department , Albuquerque.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1995). Presentation entitled "Water Work: History and Early State" for the Arizona State University Anthropology Colloquium Series, Tempe.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1994). Presentation entitled "The Flow of Power: Water Management among Ancient States" for the School of American Research, Santa Fe.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1994). Presentation entitled "Prehistoric Water Systems and the Maya" for the Central Ohio Valley Archaeological Society, Cincinnati.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1994). Economic Aspects of Water Management Systems Ninety-Third Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Atlanta, Georgia.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1993). Topography and Models of Ancient Urban Settlement Fifth International and Interdisciplinary Forum on Built Form and Cultural Research, Cincinnati.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1993). Reservoir Dependency and Watershed Landscaping: Water Management in the Southern Maya Lowlands Fifty Eighth Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, St. Louis, Missouri.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1993). Presentation entitled "Reservoirs and Watersheds: A New Reflection on Maya Civilization" for Faculty and Students at Trinity University and the University of Texas, San Antonio.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1993). Presentation entitled "Water and Land Management in the New World" for Faculty and Students at the University of Texas, Austin.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1992). Presentation entitled "Water Management by the Ancient Maya" for Faculty and Students at the Museum of the University of Pennsylvania , Philadelphia.
  • Scarborough, V. L. (1992). Maya Lecture Series Cincinnati Art Museum, Cincinnati.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1992). Presentation entitled, "Reservoirs and Watersheds: A New Reflection on Maya Civilization" for Maya Lecture Series , Cincinnati Art Museum.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1992). Presentation entitled, "Maya Water Systems: Centralizing Forces for an Ancient Civilization" for Faculty and Students at the University of Texas , Austin.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1992). Water Management as a Function of Locational and Appropriational Movements Fourth International Karl Polanyi Conference, Montreal, Quebec.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (Senior author with Gary Gallopin--UC student) (1991). Water Storage Adaptation in the Maya Lowlands Fifty Sixth Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, New Orleans, Louisiana.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1991). Water Management as an Aspect of Prehistoric Economies Ninetieth Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Scarborough, V.L. with Robert Connolly and Steven Ross--UC students (1991). Reservoirs and Watersheds in the Central Maya Lowlands: Tikal and Kinal Compared Conference on Ancient Maya Agriculture and Biological Resource Management University of California, Riverside, California.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1990). Presentation entitled "Maya Water Systems: Centralizing Forces for an Ancient Civilization" for the Department of Anthropology Maya Lecture Series, University of Cincinnati.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1990). Proposed Methods for Renewed Study at Cerros The Cerros Symposium: Ten Years After, Dallas, Texas .
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1990). Ceramic Investments and Subsistence at Meyer Pithouse Village Fifty Fifth Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Las Vegas, Nevada.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1989). Archaeology of Fluid: Water Adaptations Made by Non Western Complex Societies First Joint Archaeological Congress, Baltimore, Maryland.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1989). Presentation entitled, "Water Management by Early Civilizations" for the Hamilton County Park District, Cincinnati .
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1989). Presentation entitled "The Archaeology of Fluid" for the Central Ohio Valley Archaeological Society, Cincinnati.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1989). Presentation entitled, "The Archaeology of Fluid: Water Manipulation from the Four Quarters" for the Greater Cincinnati Anthropological Society , Cincinnati.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1988). A Transitional Period Pithouse Village Fifty Third Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Phoenix, Arizona.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1987). Presentation entitled, "Maya Archaeology" for the Southwestern Association of Hispanic American Physicians, El Paso, Texas .
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1987). Presentation entitled, “Maya: Treasures of an Ancient Civilization" for the Plateau Sciences Society, Gallup, New Mexico.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1987). Presentation entitled, "The Historic Archaeology of Pakistan" for the El Paso Archaeological Society, El Paso, Texas.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1986). Presentation entitled, "Maya Archaeology" for Faculty and Students at the University of Peshawar, Peshawar, Pakistan.
  • (1985). "The Native American Ball Game: Regional Context and Comparative Interpretation" International Invitational Conference , Tucson, Arizona.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1985). A Study in Pre Hispanic Maya Ballgame Architecture International Invitational Conference: "The Native American Ball Game: Regional Context and Comparative Interpretation" , Tucson, Arizona.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1985). Presentation entitled, "Pre Hispanic Water Adaptations" for the El Paso Chapter of Sigma Xi at The University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1985). Presentation entitled, "A Pueblo Period Water Adaptation" for the Southwestern Federation of Archaeological Societies, El Paso, Texas.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1984). Presentation entitled, "Water Control in the El Paso Area" for the El Paso Archaeological Society, Hueco Tanks State Park, Texas.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1984). Presentation entitled, "An Introduction to Maya Ruins" for the Joint University of Alabama and University of Texas at El Paso Yucatan Tour , University of Texas at El Paso.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1984). An El Paso Phase Pithouse Village Third Annual Mogollon Conference, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1984). Late Preclassic Polities in Northern Belize Forty Ninth Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Portland, Oregon.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1983). The Anapra Pueblo Site Third Annual Jornada Mogollon Conference, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (Senior author with Dr. Robin Robertson--Southern Methodist University) (1983). Civic and Residential Settlement at Late Preclassic Maya Center Forty Eighth Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1983). Presentation entitled, "Intensive Agriculture in the Maya Lowlands" for the Fort Burgwin Research Center and Southern Methodist University, Taos, New Mexico.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1983). Presentation entitled, "Maya Origins" for the El Paso Archaeological Society, El Paso, Texas.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1983). Presentation entitled, "Sudanese Archaeology" for the African Student Union and "Africa Day" , University of Texas at El Paso.
  • Film documentary for German television (ARD) (1983). featuring segment on "Farming the Jungle" El Paso, Texas.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1982). Presentation entitled, "Intensive Agriculture in the Maya Lowlands" for Faculty and Students of the Department of Anthropology, New Mexico State University, Las Cruces, New Mexico.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1982). Late Formative to Early Classic Economic Development in the Maya Lowlands: A Speculative Model Eighty First Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C..
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1982). Raised Fields at Cerros, Northern Belize Conference: "Intensive Agriculture in the Maya Lowlands" (P. Bloom and M. Pohl, organizers) , Minneapolis, Minnesota .
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1981). Presentation entitled, "Middle American Archaeology" for Faculty and Students at the University of Khartoum, Khartoum, Sudan.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1980). Presentation entitled, "The Settlement at Cerros, Northern Belize" for the Fort Burgwin Research Center, Taos, New Mexico.
  • Scarborough, V.L. (1980). The Dispersed Settlement and Environment at Cerros Seventy Ninth Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, Washington, D.C..
  • Scarborough, V.L. (Junior author with Dr. David Freidel--Southern Methodist University) (1979). Subsistence, Trade and Development of the Coastal Maya (with David Freidel) Conference in honor of Dennis E. Puleston entitled, "The History and Development of Maya Subsistence," University of Minnesota , Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Honors & Awards

  • 2010 Charles Phelps Taft Professorship at the University of Cincinnati.
  • 2010 Distinguished Research Professorship at the University of Cincinnati.
  • 2009 Elected to the Fellows of the Graduate School at the University of Cincinnati .

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 2010 to Present, Charles Phelps Taft Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 2010 to Present, Distinguished Research Professor, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 2008 to 2010, Head of Department of Anthropology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 2006Co-director with Fred Valdez, Jr. (University of Texas at Austin) (since 2000), Three Rivers Archaeological Project , Belize and Guatemala, Central America .
  • 2004Co-director with Fred Valdez, Jr. (University of Texas at Austin) (since 2000), Three Rivers Archaeological Project , Belize, Central America.
  • 2001Co-director with Fred Valdez, Jr. (University of Texas at Austin) (since 2000), Three Rivers Archaeological Project , Belize, Central America .
  • 1999 to Present, Professor of Anthropology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 1997 to 1998, Principal Investigator with Drs. Nicholas Dunning (UC) and Fred Valdez, Jr. (University of Texas at Austin), true.
  • 1997Principal Investigator with Dr. Stephen Lansing (University of Michigan), true.
  • 1995Co-director with Dr. Sam Sherrill (UC-DAAP), with supplemental support from Dr. Stephen Lansing (University of Michigan), true.
  • 1994Surveyor for Dr. Gisela Walberg (Director--UC—Classics Department), Midea Archaeological Project, Argolid, Greece.
  • 1994Director, Ancient Maya Water Management Project, Belize.
  • 1992Director, Ancient Maya Water Management Project, Belize.
  • 1992 to 1999, Associate Professor of Anthropology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 1991Director, Ancient Maya Water Management Project, Guatemala.
  • 1990Surveyor for Drs. Fred Valdez (University of Texas) and Leslie Shaw (Andover Foundation for Archaeological Research), Co directors, Kichpanha Archaeological Project, Belize .
  • 1988 to 1992, Assistant Professor of Anthropology, University of Cincinnati, Cincinnati, Ohio.
  • 1987 to 1988, Co director with Thomas O'Laughlin (University of Texas at El Paso), University of Texas at El Paso/Texas Highway Department, Texas .
  • 1986Investigator, University of Peshawar/Fulbright Program, Pakistan .
  • 1986 to 1987, Instructor of Anthropology, University of Texas at El Paso, El Paso, Texas.
  • 1986Fulbright Lecturer of Archaeology, University of Peshawar, Pakistan.
  • 1983Instructor of Anthropology , University of Alabama and the University of Texas at El Paso, Yucatan, Mexico.
  • 1983Director of Archaeological Field School, University of Texas at El Paso, Texas.
  • 1983 to 1985, Director, Meyer Pithouse Project, El Paso, Texas.
  • 1982Director, University of Khartoum, Sudan.
  • 1982Director of Archaeological Field School , University of Khartoum, Sudan.
  • 1982 to 1983, Lecturer of Anthropology, University of Texas at El Paso, Texas.
  • 1981 to 1982, Lecturer of Archaeology , University of Khartoum, Sudan.
  • 1981Surveyor for Dr. Anthony Marks (Director--SMU), University of Khartoum/Southern Methodist University, Sudan.
  • 1981Field Director with Dr. David Freidel (Overall Director--SMU), Southern Methodist University, Belize .
  • 1980Instructor in Archaeological Field Methods, Southern Methodist University and Fort Burgwin Research Center, Taos, New Mexico.
  • 1979Surveyor for Dr. Anne Woosley (Director--SMU), Southern Methodist University at New Mexico; Fort Burgwin Research Center, Taos, New Mexico.
  • 1976 to 1977, Laboratory archaeologist, Southern Methodist University , Texas .
  • 1976 to 1979, Surveyor for Dr. David Freidel (Principle Investigator--SMU) , Southern Methodist University, Belize .
  • 1975Research archaeologist, Southern Methodist University, New Mexico .
  • 1975Archaeologist, Bureau of Land Management , Boulder, Montana.
  • 1975Excavator , Eastern New Mexico University, New Mexico .
  • 1974Archaeologist, Bureau of Land Management, Dillon, Montana.
  • 1973Excavator and Laboratory assistant, University of Oregon, Oregon.
  • 1970Student excavator, University of Oregon , Oregon .

Service

  • Board Member, Charles Phelps Taft Memorial Fund Executive Board, 2007 to 2011
  • Member, Latin American Studies Committee, 2006 to 2007
  • Editor of Journal, UNESCO "Water and Humanity: A Historical Overview" 2006 to 2009
  • Review Board/Panel, J.I. Staley Book Prize Anthropology Review Panel, 2004 to 2005
  • Member, Interdisciplinary Council Subcommittee for Education and Research, 2003 to 2004
  • Member, Charles Phelps Taft Memorial Fund Faculty Awards Committee, 2003 to 2004
  • Member, Headship Search Committee, 2002
  • Committee Chair, Review Committee for the establishment of a Ph.D. Program in Anthropology , 2000 to 2001
  • Member, Charles Phelps Taft Memorial Fund Lectures and Conferences Committee, 1998 to 2001
  • President, Sigma Xi (The Scientific Research Society) UC Chapter, 1998 to 2000
  • Member, Charles Phelps Taft Memorial Fund Chair Search Committee, 1998
  • Other, Speaker Coordinator, 1997 to 1998
  • Committee Chair, Academic Leave Committee, 1997
  • Member, Merit Review Committee, 1996
  • Member, Headship Review Committee (Classics), 1994
  • Member, Headship Review Committee, 1993
  • Member, University Research Council Review Committee for Faculty Grants, 1992
  • Member, Charles Phelps Taft Memorial Fund Publications Committee, 1991 to 1994
  • Member, Headship Review Committee, 1991
  • Member, Curriculum Review Committee, 1990 to 1991
  • Other, Evening College Coordinator, 1989 to 1992
  • Other, Director of Graduate Studies, 1989 to 1990
  • Member, Latin American Studies Program Committee, 1989 to 1998
  • Member, Blegen Chair (Classics) Search Committee, 1989

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • American Anthropological Association,
  • American Association for the Advancement of Science,
  • Association for Field Archaeology,
  • Current Anthropology,
  • Indo-Pacific Prehistory Association,
  • International Water History Association,
  • Latin American Studies Program at the University of Cincinnati,
  • Sigma Xi,
  • Society for American Archaeology ,
  • Member of Board of Directors, AHAU Foundation (philanthropic foundation for Maya research). Dr. Peter Harrison, President
  • Research Associate , Museum of Indian Arts and Culture/Laboratory of Anthropology, Santa Fe, NM
  • Research Associate , School of American Research, Santa Fe, NM

Courses Taught

  • 15-ANTH-362 ORIGINS OF CIVILIZA
    Term: 07W

  • 15-ANTH-360 ORIGINS OF AGRICULT
    Term: 07W

  • 15-ANTH-278 OLD WORLD PREHIST
    Term: 05A

  • Water Management of Non-Industrial Complex Society
    Water Management of Non-Industrial Complex Society
    Term: 09W

  • Spatial Archaeology
    Spatial Archaeology
    Term: 08S

  • Maya Archaeology
    Maya Archaeology
    Term: 07A

  • Term: 90S
    Comments: A course taught partially on location examining the ethnography and archaeology of the Yucatan, Mexico (offered once).