More About Shawn
Dr. Morton is an anthropological archaeologist with an interest in urban and architectural studies; ritual and religion; survey and visualization; community engaged approaches; and Mesoamerica and the Caribbean. He co-directs the Stann Creek Regional Archaeology Project, in Belize. Currently, his favourite colour is orange and he is working his way back through the Dresden Files books. Based on his profile pic, he needs to shave more often; "Thank you 2020!"
Ph.D., Archaeology 2015 - Department of Anthropology and Archaeology, University of Calgary, AB, Canada - Dissertation: Pahn-Ti-Pan: The Rise and Fall of Complex Socio-Political and Economic Systems as Attested in Subterranean Site Contexts of Central Belize, C.A.
M.A., Archaeology 2007 - Department of Archaeology, University of Calgary, AB, Canada - Thesis: Procession Ritual at Naachtun, Guatemala During the Late Classic Period
B.A. (Honours), Archaeology 2003 - Department of Archaeology, Wilfrid Laurier University, ON, Canada
SELECT PUBLICATIONS (5 YEARS)
Books - Peer Review
S.G. Morton and M. Peuramaki-Brown, eds. (2019) Seeking Conflict in Mesoamerica: Operational, Cognitive, and Experiential Approaches. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.
S.G. Morton (2018) Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Ancient Maya Underworld: Exploring the Rise and Fall of Maya Centres in Central Belize from the Cave Context. Archaeology of the Maya. BAR Publishing, Oxford.
Contributions to Edited Books - Peer Review
J.J. Awe, C. Helmke and S.G. Morton (2019) Beyond the Twilight Zone: Cave Exploration in the Macal River Valley, Belize. In The Realm Below: Speleoarchaeological Investigations in the Macal River Valley, Belize. Christophe Helmke, ed., pp. 20-73. Precolumbia Mesoweb Press, San Francisco.
C. Helmke, S.G. Morton, J.J. Awe and G. Iannone (2019) Archaeological Investigations at Cuychen, Macal River Valley, Belize. In The Realm Below: Speleoarchaeological Investigations in the Macal River Valley, Belize. Christophe Helmke, ed., pp. 74-121. Precolumbia Mesoweb Press, San Francisco.
M. Peuramaki-Brown, S.G. Morton and Harri Kettunen (2019) Disentangling Conflict in Maya and Mesoamerican Studies. In Seeking Conflict in Mesoamerica: Operational, Cognitive, and Experiential Approaches, Shawn Gregory Morton and Meaghan M. Peuramaki-Brown, eds., pp. 3-16. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.
Journal Articles - Peer Review
S.G. Morton, J.J. Awe, and D.M. Pendergast (2019) Shattered: Object Fragmentation and Social Enchainment in the Maya Area. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 56 (1): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jaa.2019.101108.
M.M. Peuramaki-Brown and S.G. Morton (2019) Maya Monumental ‘Boom’: Rapid Development, Hybrid Architecture, and Pretentious Place-Making at Alabama, East Central Belize. Journal of Field Archaeology, 44 (4): 250-266.
C.R. Andres, C. Helmke, S.G. Morton and G.D. Wrobel (2017) Two Ballplayer Panels from Tipan Chen Uitz, Cayo District, Belize. Antiquity, 91 (359): 1285-1298.
G. Wrobel, A. Michael, J. Biggs, C. Helmke, S. Morton, C. Andres (2017) Mortuary Landscapes of the Maya of Central Belize. Antiquity Project Gallery
C. Helmke, C.R. Andres, S.G. Morton and G.D. Wrobel (2015) For Love of the Game: The Ballplayer Panels of Tipan Chen Uitz in Light of Late Classic Athletic Hegemony. The PARI Journal, XVI (2): 1-30.
C. Helmke, J.J. Awe, S.G. Morton and G. Iannone (2015) The Text and Context of the Cuychen Vase, Macal Valley, Belize. Maya Archaeology, 3: 8-29. Also, published in Spanish as “El texto y context del Vaso de Cuychén, del Valle del Macal, Belice.”
S.G. Morton (2015) The Táino Use of Caves. Caribbean Connections: A Publication of the Field Research Centre. 4 (1): 1-16.
Journal Articles - Editorial Review
M.M. Peuramaki-Brown, S.G. Morton and J.M. Jordan (2020) Maya Archaeology of the Stann Creek District, Belize: Early Explorations to Recent Research. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology. 17: 221-235.
S.G. Morton, C. Andres and G.D. Wrobel (2019) The Centre on the Edge: Polity Development on the Frontier of the Belize Valley. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology. 16: 201-209.
M.M. Peuramaki-Brown and S.G. Morton (2019) SCRAP Reconnaissance at the Pearce Sites of the Cockscomb Basin Reserve. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology. 16: 283-293.
M.M. Peuramaki-Brown, S.G. Morton and C. Oliveira (2018) “Some Lessons Can’t Be Taught, They Simply Have To Be Learned: Experiences from Three Seasons of Investigations at Alabama, Stann Creek District, Belize. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology. 15: 297-306.
M.M. Peuramaki-Brown, S.G. Morton, T.L.B. Tibbits, and L. Green (2017) Phase I Reconnaissance (2014-2015) at Alabama: a summary of SCRAP investigation in East-Central Belize. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology. 14: 299-310.
G.D. Wrobel, S.G. Morton, A.R. Michael, J. Biggs, and C. Andres (2017) The Current State of Research on Ancient Maya Rockshelter Use in Central Belize. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology. 14: 311-320
S. Morton, G. Wrobel, C. Andres, C. Helmke and A. Michael (2016) The First Five Years of the Central Belize Archaeological Survey – Political and Economic Development. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology. 13: 149-159.
S.G. Morton, M. Isa and G. Wrobel (2015) Caves Were the Houses of the Earth Lord, Right?: Insight into the Domestic Economy of Central Belize from the Cave Context. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology. 12: 107-114.