About

Thomas Garrison is an anthropological archaeologist specializing in Mesoamerica and the application of spatial technologies to the archaeological record. Since 1999, he has conducted fieldwork in Guatemala, Mexico, Belize, and Honduras with a particular emphasis on the ancient Maya.

Garrison completed his doctoral research at Harvard University in 2007. His dissertation at San Bartolo, Guatemala, helped contextualize the famous murals from that site within the broader framework of lowland Maya settlement patterns. In collaboration with William Saturno (Boston University) and experts at the Marshall Space and Flight Center, he tested the application of high-resolution, multispectral satellite imagery to problems of site reconnaissance in tropical jungle environments.

In 2007, Garrison began a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University where he continued to develop uses for remote sensing technologies in Maya archaeology. In 2009, he joined Brown colleague Stephen Houston at the site of El Zotz, Guatemala. Garrison served as the director of regional investigations for three years before taking over as director of the Proyecto Arqueológico El Zotz in 2012.


  • Thomas G. Garrison
  • Department of Anthropology
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