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Marc N. Levine

Denver Museum of Nature & Scince in Denver, Colo., on Thursday, Dec. 17, 2009.  (Chris Schneider/Chris Schneider Photography)

Associate Professor
Associate Curator, Sam Noble Museum
Ph.D. University of Colorado, 2007

Office: Dale Hall Tower 515 & Sam Noble Museum

Website:  or

Research Interests

  • Archaeology of Mesoamerica
  • Political economy
  • Social inequality
  • Household and community archaeology
  • Urbanism
  • Digital Archaeology
  • Museum anthropology


Levine’s research focuses on the archaeology Mesoamerica and especially the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca. Most recently, he directed fieldwork at Monte Albán, which included geophysical prospection and digital mapping of the site's Main Plaza. This project investigates the changing role and meaning of the Main Plaza through time. A digital visualization component of the project includes 3D models and a virtual reality rendering of the Main Plaza.
Levine also has a long-term research project at the Late Postclassic (1100-1522 CE) capital of Tututepec, located on the southern coast of Oaxaca. Tututepec or “Yucu Dzaa” was an imperial capital in the centuries prior to the Spanish Conquest. This research investigates the nature of Tututepec’s political economy, social inequality, and the capital's role in the broader political landscape of Postclassic Mesoamerica. Levine also serves as Associate Curator of Archaeology at the Sam Noble Museum, home to the largest archaeological collection in the state of Oklahoma.

Recent/Significant Publications

These publications can be downloaded from my webpage


M. N. Levine, S. W. Hammerstedt, A. Regnier, and A. E. Badillo. 2021. Monte Albán's Hidden Past: Buried Buildings and Sociopolitical Transformations. Latin American Antiquity 32(1):76-98.


M. N. Levine. 2020. La orfebrería mixteca: nueva evidencia de Tututepec sobre la producción metalúrgica en el Postclásico Tardío. In Patrimonio Cultural de Oaxaca: Investigaciones recientes, edited by J. O. Vázquez Herrera and P. Martínez Lira. Centro INAH Oaxaca, Mexico.


M. N. Levine. 2019. Ceramic Molds for Mixtec Gold: A New Lost-Wax Casting Technique from Prehispanic Mexico. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 26(2):423-456.


M. N. Levine. 2017. Tututepec: A Mixtec Imperial Capital in Southern Oaxaca. In The Oxford Handbook of the Aztecs. Edited by D. L. Nichols and E. Rodríguez Alegría, pp. 509-521. Oxford University Press, New York.


M. N. Levine, L. F. Fargher, L. G. Cecil, and J. E. Forde. 2015. Polychrome Pottery Economics and Ritual Life in Postclassic Oaxaca, Mexico. Latin American Antiquity 26(3):319-340.


M. N. Levine and D. M. Carballo (editors). 2014. Obsidian Reflections: The Symbolic Dimensions of Obsidian in Mesoamerica. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.


M. N. Levine and A. A. Joyce. 2014. Las Evidencias Arqueológicas de la Antigua Capital de Tututepec. In Panorama Arqueológico: Dos Oaxacas. Edited by M. Winter and G. Sánchez Santiago, pp.135-151. Centro INAH Oaxaca, México.


M. N. Levine and L. Martínez de Luna. 2013. Museum Salvage: A Case Study of Mesoamerican Artifacts in Museum Collections and on the Antiquities Market. Journal of Field Archaeology 38(3):264-276.

Courses Taught

  • ANTH 1413: Great Discoveries in Archaeology
  • ANTH 3893: Maya, Aztec, Inca
  • ANTH 4023: Museum Anthropology II
  • ANTH 5893: Archaeology of Households and Communities
  • ANTH 5893: Origins of Complex Societies
  • ANTH 6713: Archaeological Theory