Gary M. Feinman

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Gary M. Feinman

Gary M. Feinman is a MacArthur curator of Mesoamerican, Central American, and East Asian anthropology at the Negaunee Integrative Research Center in Chicago, Illinois.

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Gary M. Feinman is the MacArthur curator of Mesoamerican, Central American, and East Asian anthropology at the Negaunee Integrative Research Center.

Feinman is the author of over a dozen books, and a contributor and editor of many scholarly journals.

Feinman presently co-directs two international archaeological field projects: excavations at Lambityeco (in the Mexican state of Oaxaca) and settlement surveys in coastal Shandong Province, China. The Lambityeco project examines the Classic period economy in the Valley of Oaxaca, the functioning and eventual collapse of the Classic period polity centered at Monte Albán, and the reorganization of the region in the subsequent Postclassic period. Meanwhile the Shandong study is focused on the rise of hierarchical polities in the region, the eventual incorporation of this area into empires centered to the west of Shandong, and the documentation of settlement and demographic change in this coastal setting over millennia. Field dispatches from Feinman’s earlier work in Oaxaca and China are available through the Field Museum archives. 

Feinman is also co-curator of the Field Museum's permanent Ancient Americas exhibition, which highlights the peoples in the Western Hemisphere prior to the late 15th century. And he co-curates the Field Museum's successful exhibition Chocolate, which has traveled around the United States to 22 venues and is now on a global tour.

Archaeological Institute of America, Volume 55, Number 5. September/October 2002.

April 2022

Coalition for Archaeological Synthesis.

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Fang, Hui, Anne P. Underhill, Gary M. Feinman, Linda M. Nicholas, Fengshi Luan, and Haiguang Yu. Development of Complex Societies in Southeastern Shandong, China: Settlement Patterns from the Neolithic to the Han Period. The Yale Peabody Museum, 2022.

Feinman, Gary M. and Juan Carlos Moreno García. Power and Regions in Ancient States: An Egyptian and Mesoamerican Perspective (Elements in Ancient Egypt in Context). Cambridge University Press, 2022.

Fisher, Christopher T., J. Brett Hill, and Gary M. Feinman, editors. The Archaeology of Environmental Change: Socionatural Legacies of Degradation and Resilience. University of Arizona Press, 2022.

Lapham, Heather A., Gary M. Feinman, and Linda M. Nicholas. "From Subsistence to Sacrifice:: Dogs for Dinner and Ritual in Classic Period Zapotec Communities." Ancient Foodways, 2022, pp.131-151. 10.2307/j.ctv33jb42g.11.

Feinman, Gary M. and Linda M. Nicholas. "Household Production and the Regional Economy in Ancient Oaxaca:: CLASSIC PERIOD PERSPECTIVES FROM HILLTOP EL PALMILLO AND VALLEY-FLOOR EJUTLA." Pottery Economics in Mesoamerica, 2022, pp.184-211. 10.2307/j.ctv2vt03p4.10.

Nicholas, Linda M. and Gary M. Feinman. "The Foundation of Monte Albán, Intensification, and Growth: Coactive Processes and Joint Production." Frontiers in Political Science, vol. 4, 2022, pp.1-19. 10.3389/fpos.2022.805047.

Bekken, Deborah A., Lisa C. Niziolek, and Gary M. Feinman, editors. China: Visions through the Ages. University of Chicago Press, 2018.
Price, T. Douglas and Gary M. Feinman, editors. Foundations of Social Inequality. (orig. 1995) (Fundamental Issues in Archaeology). eSpringer, 2013.

Price, T. Douglas and Gary M. Feinman. Images of the Past. 9th ed., McGraw Hill, 2023.

Brumfiel, Elizabeth M. and Gary M. Feinman, editors. The Aztec World. Abrams, 2008.

Feinman, Gary M. and T. Douglas Price, editors. Archaeology at the Millennium: A Sourcebook. Springer, 2001.

Blanton, Richard E., Gary M. Feinman, Stephen A. Kowalewski, and Linda M. Nicholas. Ancient Oaxaca (Case Studies in Early Societies, Series Number 2). Cambridge University Press, 1st ed., 1999.

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