Marc Levine is Curator of Archaeology at the Sam Noble Museum and Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. Levine’s primary research area is ancient Mesoamerica and his current work focuses on the Late Postclassic (1100-1522 CE) capital of Tututepec, located on the southern coast of Oaxaca, Mexico. Tututepec or “Yucu Dzaa” was a Mixtec imperial center that dominated much of southern Oaxaca in the centuries prior to the Spanish Conquest. Levine focuses on questions concerning the nature of Tututepec’s political economy, social inequality at the capital, and its role in the broader political landscape of Postclassic Mesoamerica.
At the Sam Noble Museum, Levine works on various efforts to modernize collections management practices, facilitates research on collections, and directs NAGPRA related projects. Levine’s museum exhibit experience includes serving as co-curator (with E. Fleming) of Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed.
Levine has published articles in both English and Spanish (see below) on his work in Oaxaca and on related research on museum collections and the antiquities market. Most recently, he co-edited (with D. Carballo) a volume entitled Obsidian Reflections: Symbolic Dimensions of Obsidian in Mesoamerica. Link to Dr. Levine’s profile on academia.edu.
Levine, M. N., L. F. Fargher, L. G. Cecil, and J. E. Forde. 2015. Polychrome Pottery Economics and Ritual Life in Postclassic Oaxaca, Mexico. Latin American Antiquity 26(3):319-340.
Levine, N., and D. M. Carballo, editors. 2014. Obsidian Reflections: Symbolic Dimensions of Obsidian in Mesoamerica. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.
Levine, N. 2014. Reflections on Obsidian Studies in Mesoamerica: Past, Present, and Future. In Obsidian Reflections: Symbolic Dimensions of Obsidian in Mesoamerica, edited by M. N. Levine and D. M. Carballo, pp. 3-41. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.
Levine, N. 2014. Obsidian Obsessed? Examining Patterns of Chipped-Stone Procurement at Late Postclassic Tututepec, Oaxaca. In Obsidian Reflections: Symbolic Dimensions of Obsidian in Mesoamerica, edited by M. N. Levine and D. M. Carballo, pp. 159-191. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.
Joyce, A.A., M.N. Levine, S.M. King, J. Hedgepeth Balkin, and S.B. Barber. 2014. Political Transformations and the Everyday in Postclassic Oaxaca. Ancient Mesoamerica 25(2):389-410.
Levine, N., and A.A. Joyce. 2014. Las Evidencias Arqueológicas de la Antigua Capital de Tututepec. In Panorama Arqueológico: Dos Oaxacas. Edited by M. Winter and G. Sánchez Santiago, pp.135-151. Centro INAH Oaxaca, México.
Levine, N. 2013. Examining Ceramic Evidence for the Zapotec Imperialism Hypothesis in the Lower Río Verde Region of Oaxaca, Mexico. In Polity and Ecology in Formative Period Coastal Oaxaca, edited by A. Joyce, pp. 227-263. University Press of Colorado.
Joyce, A.A., M. N. Levine, and S. B. Barber. 2013. Place-Making and Power in the Terminal Formative: Excavations on Río Viejo’s Acropolis. In Polity and Ecology in Formative Period Coastal Oaxaca, edited by A. Joyce, pp. 135-163. University Press of Colorado.
Levine, N., and L. M. Luna. 2013. Museum Salvage: A Case Study of Mesoamerican Artifacts in Museum Collections and on the Antiquities Market. Journal of Field Archaeology 38(3):264-276.
Levine, N. 2011. Negotiating Political Economy at Late Postclassic Tututepec (Yucu Dzaa), Oaxaca, Mexico. American Anthropologist 113(1):22-39.