Helen Haines

Assistant Professor

Office: Trent Durham, 55 Thornton Rd., Oshawa, Office #181
Telephone: (905) 435 x5100 ext: 5045
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BA (Toronto) PhD (University College London)

Research Opportunities

Research Interests

• Ancient Maya Civilisation

• Development of Cultural Complexity and Socio-political Organizations
• Architectural Implications for Political and Social Expressions of Power
• Obsidian (Lithic) Economy and Technology
• Comparative Ancient Complex Societies
• Illicit Antiques Trade and the Ethics of Collecting Cultural Property


Dr. Haines has been associated with the Department of Anthropology at Trent University since 2005.  Her primary research interest focuses on the socio-political and economic development of early complex societies in Mesoamerica, and she has worked in Belize since 1990. She is currently director of the Ka’Kabish Archaeological Research Project (KARP) in North-Central Belize (www.kakabish.org), and she received a National Geographic Society Research and Exploration Grant in 2014, and a SSHRC Standard Research Grant in 2009 to support research at this site.  In addition to her work in Belize, she also has worked at Tiwanku, Bolivia, ShaanXi, China, and at historic and pre-historic sites in South-Central Ontario.  She holds an MTCS Professional Archaeology License to conduct CRM work in Ontario, and she has experience working in the industry. She holds degrees from the University of Toronto (BA) and the University of London, England (PhD).  She also held a 3-year Post-Doctoral research appointment in the Department of Anthropology at The Field Museum of Natural History, Chicago, IL. 

Select Recent & Forthcoming Publications

Haines, H.R., and K.L. Sagebiel

IN PRESS      “When We Two Parted”:  Remaking the Ancient Maya Political Landscape of North-Central Belize.  In Seeking Conflict: Understanding Ancient Maya Hostilities through Text and Image, edited by Shawn G. Morton and Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown. University Press of Colorado, Boulder. (expected publication date 2016)


Haines, H.R., and M.D. Glascock

IN PRESS   The Other Side of the Looking Glass?: Obsidian from the Blue Creek Ruin, Belize.  In On the Escarpment’s Edge: Papers on the Archaeology of Blue Creek, Belize, edited by Thomas H. Guderjan. Archaeopress (expected publication date Spring 2016). 


Haines, H.R., and M.D. Glascock

2013   A Glass Menagerie of Meaning: Obsidian Exchange in Mesoamerica. In The Maya in a Mesoamerican Context: Comparative Approaches to Maya Studies, edited by Christophe Helmke and Jesper Nielsen, pp. 197-208. 16th European Maya Conference, University of Copenhagen, December 2012. Verlag Anton Saurwein.

Haines, H.R., and M.D. Glascock

2012    Intra-Site Obsidian Distribution and Consumption Patterns in North-Western Belize and the North-Eastern Petén. British Archaeological Reports (BAR) International Series BAR S2326.

Haines, H.R., and Clare A. Sammells

2010    Adventures in Eating: Anthropological Experiences in Dining. University of Colorado Press, Boulder, CO.

Helen Haines