Heather McKillop

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Heather McKillop
Born Heather Irene McKillop
Education Trent University (B.S. 1977, M.A. 1980)
University of California, Santa Barbara (Ph.D. 1987)
Scientific career
Fields Maya archaeology
Institutions Louisiana State University

Heather Irene McKillop is a Canadian-American archaeologist, academic, and Maya scholar, noted in particular for her research into ancient Maya coastal trade routes, seafaring, littoral archaeology, and the long-distance exchange of commodities in pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. Since the 2004 discovery of ancient Maya wooden architecture and a wooden canoe paddle preserved in a peat bog below the sea floor, McKillop and her team of LSU students and colleagues have been focused on the discovery, mapping, excavation, sediment coring and analyses of the waterlogged remains. She started the DIVA Lab (Digital Imaging and Visualization in Archaeology) in 2008 to make 3D digital images of the waterlogged wood, pottery, and other artifacts from the underwater Maya sites--Paynes Creek Salt Works. As of 2016 McKillop is Thomas and Lillian Landrum Alumni Professor in the Department of Geography and Anthropology at Louisiana State University.[1]


  1. ^ "In Search of Maya Sea Traders". Texas A&M University. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 

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