Norman Hammond (born 10 July 1944) is a British archaeologist, academic and Mesoamericanist scholar, noted for his publications and research on the pre-Columbian Maya civilization. Educated at Peterhouse, Cambridge, Hammond was a professor in the Archaeology Department at Boston University's College of Arts and Sciences (CAS), where he was a faculty member since 1988. Now Emeritus at Boston, he is currently a Senior Fellow of the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research at Cambridge University. As well as specialising in the archaeology of Maya lowland sites in Belize, Hammond has also written on the emergence of complex societies in general, and the history of archaeology.
Since 1968, Dr. Hammond has worked in the Maya lowlands at the following sites in Belize, Central America: Lubaantun (1970-1971), Nohmul (1973-1986), Cuello (1975-1986), and most recently La Milpa (1992-2002).
Professor Hammond is currently teaching at Boston University. He held previous positions at: Cambridge University (1967–75), Bradford University (1975–77), Rutgers University (1977–88) and has been a Visiting Professor at the University of California at Berkeley, Jilin University (China), the Sorbonne and the University of Bonn.
Norman Hammond has served 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.
Sackler Lecture Controversy
Raymond Sackler endowed a named lecture in Hammond's honor, which is ongoing. On February 26th 2018, Leonardo López Luján delivered the 4th Raymond and Beverly Sackler lecture in honour of Professor Norman Hammond at the McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research in Cambridge UK. Hammond has ignored widespread concerns that Sackler philanthropy represents social laundering of profits acquired from the misselling of opiates, which has contributed to the current opioid epidemic in North America.
Hammond's published works include:
- Cuello: An Early Maya Community in Belize. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge and New York (1991).
- Ancient Maya Civilization. Cambridge University Press and Rutgers University Press. (1982, Fifth edition 1994)
- Lubaantun: A Classic Maya Realm. Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University, Monograph 2. Cambridge, MA (1975).
- BU Office of University Relations (25 September 1998). "Archaeology prof elected to British Academy" (online reproduction). B.U. Bridge. 2 (7). Brookline, MA: Boston University. OCLC 37915518. Retrieved 2009-03-25.
- McKillop, Heather I. (2004). The Ancient Maya: New Perspectives. Understanding ancient civilizations series. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO. ISBN 1-57607-696-2. OCLC 52706645.