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Helen Haines

Helen Haines

Senior Lecturer, Department of Anthropology
B.A. (Toronto), Ph.D. (University College London)

Durham Campus 181, ext. 5045, helenhaines@trentu.ca

Research Interests: archaeology, ancient Mesoamerican cultures (esp. Maya), Obsidian Studies, early state development, cultural heritage and illicit antiquities




Current Projects

  1. Ka’kabish, Belize (www.kakabish.org)
  2. Henry House, Oshawa Ontario

Selected Publications


2012 Haines, H.R., and M.D. Glascock. Intra‐Site Obsidian Distribution and Consumption Patterns in North‐Western Belize and the North‐Eastern Petén. British Archaeological Reports (BAR) International Series BAR S2326.

Edited Books

2010 Haines, H.R., and C. Sammells. Adventures in Eating: Anthropological Experiences in Dining. University of Colorado Press, Boulder, CO. 

Book Chapters in Edited Volumes

2016 Haines, H.R., and M.D. Glascock. The Other Side of the Looking Glass?: Obsidian from the Blue Creek Ruin, Belize. In The Ancient Maya City of Blue Creek, Belize: Wealth, Social Organization, and Ritual, edited by Thomas H. Guderjan, pp. 129‐148. BAR,International Series 2796, Archaeopress, Oxford.

2013 Haines, H.R., and M.D. Glascock. 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.

Journal Articles – refereed

2016 Haines, H.R., E. Graham, K.L. Sagebiel, and L.Howie. “There is no death! What seems so is transition”: Difficulties in identifying political boundaries between Lamanai and Ka’kabish. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology, vol. 13: 169‐180.

2015 Sagebiel, K.L., and H.R. Haines. Never Ending, Still Beginning: A New Examination of the Ceramics of Ka’Kabish, Belize. Research Reports on Belizean Archaeology, vol. 12: 359‐366.

2014 Haines, H.R., A. Gomer, and K.L. Sagebiel. “Plant thou no roses at my head”: A discussion of the Middle Formative period buried deposits at Ka'Kabish, North‐Central Belize. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology vol. 11:337‐346.

2013 McLellan, A., and H.R. Haines. Casting a Light in the Wilderness: The Ancient Maya site of Ka’Kabish, in Northern Belize. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology vol. 10:189‐200.

2011 Haines, H.R., D.G. Smith, D. Galbraith, and T.Thysmeyer. The Point of Popularity: A Summary of Human Activity at the Princess Point Promontory, Cootes Paradise, Hamilton. Canadian Journal of Archaeology 35:232‐257.

2011 Haines, H.R. How the Other‐Half Lived: Continuing Discussions of the Enigma that is Ka’Kabish, Belize. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology vol. 8.

2011 Haines, H.R. The Bedrock Vase: Iconography of a Classic Period Maya Vase from Northern Belize. Mexicon, vol. XXXIII (1): 11‐15.

2008 Haines, H.R., P. Willink, and D.S. Maxwell. Stingray Spine Use and Maya Bloodletting Rituals: A Cautionary Tale. Latin American Antiquity 19 (1): 83‐98.