Arlen F. Chase
Arlen F. Chase is an anthropologically trained archaeologist with a specialty in the Maya area of Mesoamerica. For more than three decades, he has co-directed excavations at Caracol, Belize — the largest known archaeological site in the Maya lowlands of Central America. He has also conducted fieldwork in Guatemala, Mexico, Arizona, and Pennsylvania.
Before joining UNLV in 2016, Chase was an associate dean in the College of Sciences of Anthropology at the University of Central Florida. In 2007, he received the Pegasus Professor Award, which is UCF's highest faculty honor, for his continued excellence in research, teaching, and service.
He has written more than 150 articles and book chapters as well as seven books. An eighth book co-authored with Diane Z. Chase entitled "Maya Archaeology: Reconstructing an Ancient Civilization" is almost completed. Chase has been called upon by media outlets including The New York Times, Forbes, National Geographic, and BBC News to provide his expertise.
- Ph.D., Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania
- B.A., Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania