Roger Thayer Stone Center For Latin American Studies

Tulane University

Dan M. Healan

Professor Emeritus - Anthropology

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Department Affiliation

  • B.A., Georgia State University, Anthropology, 1967
  • M.A., University of Missouri, Anthropology, 1970
  • Ph.D., University of Missouri, Anthropology, 1973
Academic Experience
  • Professor, Tulane University, 1996-
  • Associate Professor, Tulane University, 1984-1996
  • Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 1977-1984
  • Assistant Professor, Baylor University, 1974-1977
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Tulane University, 1973-1974

Research & Teaching Specializations: Mexico; Archaeological Ceramics; Household and Settlement Patterns

Related Experience
  • Chair, Department of Anthropology
  • Field Supervisor, Instituto Nacional de Antropologia e Historia Proyecto Tula Chico, Tula, Hidalgo, Mexico, 2002
  • Editorial Committee, Revista Arqueologica, Mexico, 1997
  • Editorial Advisory Committee, Latin American Antiquity, 1991-
  • Project Director, Tulane University Zinapecuaro-Ucareo Research Project, Zinapecuaro, Michoacan, Mexico, 1990-1995
  • National Aeronautics and Space Administration, NASA/ASEE Fellowship, Applications of Remote Sensing Technology to Archaeology, 1992
  • National Science Foundation, Anthropology Program Grant, 1980, 1986
  • Spanish
Overseas Experience
  • Mexico
Selected Publications
  • 2016. “Collapse, regeneration, and the origins of Tula and the Toltec state.” In Beyond Collapse: Archaeological Perspectives on Resilience, Revitalization, and Transformation in Complex Societies. Edited by Ronald K. Faulseit. Carbondale: Center for Archaeological Investigations.
  • 2012. “Tula and the Toltecs.” In Oxford Handbook of Mesoamerican Archaeology. Edited by D. L. Nichols and C. A. Pool. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 372-384.
  • 2012. “The archaeology of Tula, Hidalgo.” Journal of Archaeological Research 20 (1): 53-115.
  • 2011. “Viejos problemas y nuevas ideas sobre el urbanismo y la formación del Estado en la Tula del Postclásico.” In Mesoamérica: debates y perspectivas. Edited by Eduardo Williams, Magdalena García Sánchez, Phil C. Weigand and Manuel Gándara. El Colegio de Michoacán, Zamora, pp. 155-182.
  • 2011. “Aprovechamiento de las fuentes de obsidiana del Occidente de Mexico en la epoca prehispanica.” In Patrones de asentamiento y actividades de subsistencia en el Occidente de Mexico: reconocimiento a la doctora Helen P. Pollard. Edited by Eduardo Williams and Phil C. Weigand. El Colegio de Michoacán, Zamora, pp. 189-207.
  • 2009. “Four hundred years of settlement and cultural continuity in Epiclassic and Early Postclassic Tula.” In The Art of Urbanism. W. Fash and L. Lopez Lujan, eds. Washington D.C.: Dumbarton Oaks. 290-329.
  • 2009. “Ground platform preparation and the “banalization” of theprismatic blade.” Ancient Mesoamerica 20: 103-111.
  • 2008. “The Role of Late Pre-Contact Colonial Enclaves in the Development of the Postclassic Ucareo Valley, Michoacan, Mexico.” With Hernandez, C. Ancient Mesoamerica. 19: 265-282.

Number of Dissertations or Theses Supervised in the Past 5 Years: 1