Marc Levine is the Associate Curator of Archaeology at the Sam Noble Museum and Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma. Levine’s research focuses on Mesoamerica, with an emphasis on the southern Mexican state of Oaxaca (Mexico). His most recent research, at the prehispanic capital of Monte Albán, investigates the history of the site’s Main Plaza and its changing role and meaning in Zapotec society through time.The Monte Albán Geophysical Archaeology Project (MAGAP) utilized ground penetrating radar, electrical resistivity, and gradiometry to examine features below the site’s Main Plaza.In addition, the Monte Albán Digital Archaeology Project (MADAP) included detailed mapping of the plaza surface, drone-aided photogrammetry, and the development of 3D renderings of associated architecture.
Levine also has an on-going research project at the Late Postclassic (1100-1522 CE) capital of Tututepec, located on the southern coast of Oaxaca. 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, and the polity’s 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, M. N. 2019. Ceramic Molds for Mixtec Gold: A New Lost-Wax Casting Technique from Prehispanic Mexico. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 26(2):423-456.
Levine, M. N. 2017. Tututepec: A Mixtec Imperial Capital in Southern Oaxaca. In The Oxford Handbook of the Aztecs. Edited by D. L. Nichols and E. Rodríguez Alegría, pp. 509-521. Oxford University Press, New York.
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, M. N., and D. M. Carballo, editors. 2014. Obsidian Reflections: Symbolic Dimensions of Obsidian in Mesoamerica. University Press of Colorado, Boulder.
Levine, M. 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, M. 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, M. 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, M. 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, M. 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, M. N. 2011. Negotiating Political Economy at Late Postclassic Tututepec (Yucu Dzaa), Oaxaca, Mexico. American Anthropologist 113(1):22-39.