Phillip J Wanyerka (Phil), Ph.D.
 Title: Associate College Lecturer AAU
Director; CSU Archaeological Fieldschool Program and Curation Lab
 Dept: Criminology Anthropology & Sociology
 Office: RT 932
 Phone: 216-687-2153
 Email: P.WANYERKA@csuohio.edu
 Address: 2121 Euclid Ave. RT 932, Cleveland, OH 44115

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Research Keywords:
Mesoamerican Writing Systems, Mesoamerican Archaeology and Prehistory,Classic Maya Civilization, North American Archaeology and Prehistory, Political Organization, Belizean Archaeology and Prehistory
 
Education:
Ph.D., Archaeology/Anthropology, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 2009
M.A., Anthropology/Linguistics, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, 1999
 
Brief Bio:
My research is concerned with exploring the interrelationships between language, culture, and writing with an areal focus on ancient Mesoamerica. This research includes such topics as archaeology, Maya discourse analysis (Yukatek, Itzá, Mopan, Ch'ol, Ch'orti'), early writing systems, ancient political organization and state development. Since 1990, I have devoted most of my efforts to documenting and interpreting the ancient Maya hieroglyphic inscriptions of Southern Belize and Adjacent Guatemala (the Southern Belize Epigraphic Project).

I am also the Director of CSU's archaeological fieldschool program and Head of our archaeological curation lab. As such, I have directed archaeological projects for the past 11 years in both the Cuyahoga Valley national Park and the Cleveland Metroparks, in addition to conducting archaeological investigations in the Richfield Heritage Preserve located in Summit County, Ohio. We currently house an archaeological collection of more than 1.2 million historic and prehistoric collections.
 
Research Interests:
New World archaeology, political organization/state development, complex societies and writing systems, Maya hieroglyphic writing, Maya discourse and verbal morphology, Yukatekan and Ch'olan languages; North America, Mesoamerica