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Arlen F. Chase

Professor (On leave, AY 2019-20)
Department(s): Anthropology
Office: WRI-A 114
Phone: 702-895-3013
Fax: 702-895-4823
Email: arlen.chase@unlv.edu


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 the largest site known in Maya lowlands of Central America - Caracol, Belize. Before that he worked on a seven-year project at Santa Rita Corozal, Belize. He has also carried out fieldwork in Guatemala (Ixtutz, Motagua Valley, Quirigua, Tayasal, and Yaxha) and Mexico (Tancah/Tulum, Xelha) as well as in Arizona (Grasshopper) and Pennsylvania (Princehoff) in the United States. Before coming to UNLV in Fall 2016, he was an Associate Dean in the College of Sciences and a Pegasus professor of anthropology at the University of Central Florida. He has authored over 150 articles and book chapters as well as 7 books. An 8th book authored with Diane Z. Chase entitled Maya Archaeology: Reconstructing an Ancient Civilization is almost completed. PDFs of his writings may be found at the Caracol website.


  • Ph.D. – University of Pennsylvania, 1983
  • Fellow, American Association for the Advancement of Science (elected 2012)

Research Interests

Archaeology, archaeological method and theory, complex societies, settlement pattern analysis, ceramic analysis, remote sensing, epigraphy, Mesoamerica, Maya.