Norman Hammond

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Norman Hammond
Born (1944-07-10) July 10, 1944 (age 78)
Academic work

Norman Hammond (born 10 July 1944)[1] is a British archaeologist, academic and Mesoamericanist scholar, noted for his publications and research on the pre-Columbian Maya civilization.


Hammond was educated at Peterhouse, Cambridge. He held academic posts at Cambridge (1967–75), Bradford (1975–77), and Rutgers universities (1977–88), before he became a professor in the Archaeology Department at Boston University's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS) in 1988.[2] Now retired at Boston, he is currently a Senior Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at Cambridge.[3][4]

He has been a visiting professor at the University of California at Berkeley, Jilin University (China), the Sorbonne and the University of Bonn.

Since 1968, he worked in the Maya lowlands at the following sites in Belize, Central America: Lubaantun (1970–1971), Nohmul (1973–1986), Cuello (1975–2002),[5][6] and La Milpa (1992–2002). As well as specialising in the archaeology of Maya lowland sites in Belize, he has written on the emergence of complex societies in general, and on the history of archaeology.

He has worked on the editorial boards of Ancient Mesoamerica and the Journal of Field Archaeology. He has also been the archaeology correspondent for The Times newspaper in London.

In 1998 he was elected as a corresponding Fellow of the British Academy (FBA), honouring his contributions to the field of Mayanist research.[2][4]


Hammond's published books include:

  • Lubaantun, 1926-70: The British Museum in British Honduras (1972, British Museum, ISBN 0714115339)
  • Lubaantun: A Classic Maya Realm (1975, Harvard University Press for the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, ISBN 0873659015)
  • Ancient Maya Civilization (April 1982, Cambridge University Press and Rutgers University Press, ISBN 0813509041, fifth edition released 1994)
  • Nohmul: A Prehistoric Maya Community in Belize (December 1985, British Archaeological Reports, ISBN 0860543218)
  • Cuello: An Early Maya Community in Belize (May 1991, Cambridge University Press, ISBN 0521384222)

Selected papers and articles[edit]

Some of the papers and articles published by Hammond include:


  1. ^ "Birthdays". The Guardian. 10 July 2014. p. 31.
  2. ^ a b Boston University Office of University Relations (25 September 1998). "Archaeology prof elected to British Academy". B.U. Bridge. Vol. 2, no. 7. Brookline, MA: Boston University. OCLC 37915518. Retrieved 25 March 2009.
  3. ^ "Prof Norman Hammond". University of Cambridge. 26 February 2020. Archived from the original on 25 November 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  4. ^ a b "Professor Norman Hammond FBA". British Academy. Archived from the original on 24 October 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  5. ^ Hammond, Norman (2002). Wiseman, James R.; Wiseman, Lucy (eds.). "Closing Down Cuello" (PDF). Context. Boston, Massachusetts: Boston University Center for Archaeological Studies. 16 (2): 10–15. Archived (PDF) from the original on 25 November 2020. Retrieved 25 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Norman Hammond: Professor of Archaeology". Boston University - College of Arts and Sciences. Archived from the original on 22 November 2009. Retrieved 25 November 2020.

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