HeadshotClifford T. Brown, Ph.D

Welcome to my website! Here you will find a bit of professional and intellectual biography, citations for selected publications, and links to related sites.


I am an archaeologist and anthropologist in the Department of Anthropology at Florida Atlantic University, in Boca Raton, Florida. I received my B.A. in archaeology from Yale University and an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Tulane University. I worked in heritage management as a public archaeologist for some years before becoming an academic research archaeologist.


Most of my research and experience in archaeology focuses geographically on the culture area called Mesoamerica, which encompasses central and eastern Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, and western Honduras. Within Mesoamerica, I have conducted archaeological research in Mexico, Honduras, and Nicaragua. I have excavated mainly in the Maya region, particularly in the state of Yucatan in the northern Maya lowlands. I have directed excavations at the ancient Maya capital of Mayapan, and I have conducted survey in the central part of Yucatan. As a student, I participated in excavation projects in Quintana Roo, Veracruz, and Chiapas, Mexico, and Copan, Honduras. During graduate school, I also spent six months conducting ethnoarchaeological research in a Yucatec Maya hamlet in Yucatan.

Recently, I began survey and excavations in northwest Nicaragua, in the Department of Chinandega.

Outside of Mesoamerica, I have worked in the southeast United States, in the states of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida.

My research interests include the origins of civilization, particularly the emergence of inequality and social complexity; ceramic analysis; lithic analysis; and the application of quantitative methods in archaeology, especially fractal analysis.

Mayapan Photographs of Mayapan Pottery
Nicaraguan Research
Mesoamerican Archaeology Photographs

Selected Publications


Witschey, Walter R. T. and Clifford T. Brown (2011) Historical Dictionary of Ancient Mesoamerica. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press.

Historical Dictionary of Ancient Mesoamerica 

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Brown, Clifford T. and Larry S. Liebovitch (2010). Fractal Analysis. A Monograph in the Quantitative Applications in the Social Sciences Series. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

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Romero, Natalia E., Qianli D. Y. Ma, Larry S. Liebovitch, Clifford T. Brown, and Plamen Ch. Ivanov
2010 Correlated Walks down the Babylonian Markets. European Physics Letters 90, 18004. doi: 10.1209/0295-5075/90/18004

Brown, Clifford T., Larry S. Liebovitch, and Rachel Glendon
2007 Lévy Flights in Dobe Ju/’hoansi Foraging Patterns. Human Ecology Vol. 35, No. 1, pp. 129-138.


Brown, Clifford T., Walter R. T. Witschey, and Larry S. Liebovitch

2005    The Broken Past: Fractals in Archaeology.  Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory Vol. 12, No. 1, pp. 37-78.


Brown, Clifford T. and Walter R. T. Witschey

2003    The Fractal Geometry of Ancient Maya Settlement. Journal of Archaeological Science Vol. 30, No. 12, pp. 1619-1632.


Wilde, James D. and Clifford T. Brown

2003    Basic Consultation Requirements of NAGPRA for Federal Land Managers: What’s a Manager to Do? Federal Facilities Environmental Journal Vol. 14, No. 2, pp. 29-40.


Brown, Clifford T.

2001    The Fractal Dimensions of Lithic Reduction.  Journal of Archaeological Science Vol. 28, No. 6, pp. 619-631.

Brown, Clifford T.

2010   Reflections on “Metaarchaeology”, in Advancing Phenomenology, edited by Philip Blosser and Thomas Nenon, pp. 391-400. Dordrecht: Kluwer Academic Publishers.


Brown, Clifford T. and Jessica Robkin

2008    Estudio de la Geometría Fractal del Patrón de Asentamiento Maya, in Memorias del Segundo Congreso Internacional de Cultura Maya, edited by Alfredo Barrera Rubio and Ruth Gubler.In press.


Brown, Clifford T.

2006    Water Sources at Mayapán, Yucatán, México, in Precolumbian Water Management: Ideology, Ritual, and Power, edited by Lisa Lucero and Barbara Fash, pp 171-188. Tucson: Universityof ArizonaPress.


Brown, Clifford T.

2005    Caves, Karst, and Settlement at Mayapán, Yucatán, in In the Maw of the Earth Monster: Mesoamerican Ritual Cave Use, edited by James E. Brady and Keith M. Prufer, pp. 373-402. Austin: Universityof TexasPress (The Linda Schele Series in Maya and Pre-Columbian Studies).


Brown, Clifford T. (2006). Informe Final del Proyecto Mayapán, Tomo I. Informe entregado al Consejo Nacional de Arqueología, México.

Contact Information:

Mailing address:

       Clifford T. Brown
Associate Professor
Department of Anthropology
Florida Atlantic University
777 Glades Road
Boca Raton, FL 33431
(561) 297-3232 (voice)
(561) 297-0084 (fax)

Physical office:
Social Science Building (SO) Room172
The Social Science Building is Building 44

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