Faculty & Staff

Eleanor M. King

Eleanor M. KingAssociate Professor

Archaeology, Anthropological Theory, History of Anthropology/ Archaeology, Cultural Anthropology, New World Cultures, & Origins of Inequality
PhD, University of Pennsylvania 

office: Douglass Hall, Rm 224
phone: 202-806-5225
email: rgomes@howard.edu


Research Interests

Archaeology, History of Anthropology/Archaeology, Origins of Inequality, New World Cultures with a focus on Mesoamerica (Maya), Historical Archaeology of Apache and Buffalo Soldiers, Public Education

Teaching Areas

Archaeology, Anthropological Theory, Cultural Anthropology, Exile (Migration and Transnationalism)

Publications (2003-2008)


In press
Buffalo Soldiers and Apaches in the Guadalupe Mountains: A Review of Research at Pine Springs Camp. Bulletin of the Texas Archaeological Society. (Senior author with Justin Dunnavant.)

In press
Rethinking the Role of Early Economies in the Rise of Maya States: A View from the Lowlands. IN The Origins of Maya States [working title], R. Sharer, L. Traxler, and J. Sabloff, eds. The University of Pennsylvania Museum Press in Philadelphia, PA.

2008 The Archaeology of Buffalo Soldiers and the Apache in the Southwest. Archaeology Program, National Park Service, Research in the Parks, Guadalupe Mountains National Park.

2007 Maax Na: Layout and Function of a Maya City, Report on the 2006 field season. IN Research Reports from the Programme for Belize Archaeological Project, F. Valdez, Jr., ed. pp. 109-116. Occasional Papers, Number 8, Mesoamerican Archaeological Research Laboratory Austin, TX: Mesoamerican Research Laboratory, University of Texas at Austin. (Senior author with Leslie Shaw.)

2006 Preliminary Report of Fieldwork at Maax Na, Belize, 2005. IN Programme for Belize Archaeological Project: Report of Activities from the 2005 Season, F. Valdez, Jr., ed., Mesoamerican Research Laboratory Occasional Papers No. 6. Austin, TX: University of Texas at Austin. (Senior author with Leslie Shaw.)

2006 Archaeology and the Warriors Project: Exploring a Buffalo Soldier Campsite in the Guadalupe Mountains of Texas. IN Peoples, Places, and Parks. Proceedings of the 2005 George Wright Society Conference on Parks, Protected Areas, and Cultural Sites, D. Harmon, ed. Hancock, MI: The George Wright Society.

2005 Preliminary Overview of the 2005 Field Season at Maax Na, Belize. InProgramme for Belize Archaeological Project: Summary Report of the 2005 Investigations, Fred Valdez, Jr., ed. Published report submitted to the Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History, Belmopan, Belize. (Senior author with Leslie Shaw.)

2005 Research at Maax Na, Belize: Report on the 2004 Season. In Programme for Belize Archaeological Project: Report of Activities from the 2004 Field Season, Fred Valdez, Jr., ed. Mesoamerican Research Laboratory Occasional Papers No. 4. Austin, TX: University of Texas at Austin (2005). [Second author with Leslie Shaw and Beverly Chiarulli.]

2004 Programme for Belize Archaeological Project: A History of Archaeological Research. In Archaeological Investigations in the Eastern Maya Lowlands: Papers of the 2003 Belize Archaeology Symposium, edited by J. Awe, J. Morris, and S. Jones. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology, Volume I. Belmopan, Belize: Institute of Archaeology, National Institute of Culture and History. (Junior author with R.E.W. Adams, V. Scarborough, L. Levi, S. Walling, N. Dunning, B. Lewis, L. Shaw, L. Sullivan, K. Reese-Taylor, and F. Valdez, Jr.).

2003 A Heterarchical Approach to Site Variability: the Ma'ax Na Archaeology Project. In Heterarchy, Political Economy, and the Ancient Maya. The Three Rivers Region of the East-Central Yucatán Peninsula, edited by V. Scarborough, F. Valdez, Jr., and N. Dunning. Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press. (Senior author with Leslie Shaw.) 

2003 Unsung Visionary: Sara Yorke Stevenson. IN Archaeology and Archaeologists in Philadelphia, D. Fowler, editor. University of Alabama Press. (Junior author with Elin Danien.)

Grants (2003-2008)

  • 2008 National Geographic Society - $15,000
  • 2008 National Park Service - $10,000
  • 2008 National Park Service Heritage Partnerships Program - $7,000
  • 2007 Howard University Faculty Fund for Excellence Equipment Grant - $4,000
    (with Dr. Rebecca Ferrell and Mr. Mark Mack)
  • 2005-6 Howard University New Faculty Start-Up Grant - $74,919
  • 2006 National Park Service - $10,000
  • 2006 National Park Service - $7,500
  • 2005 Bureau of Land Management - $7,059
  • 2004 National Park Service - $7,500
  • 2004 Guadalupe Mountains National Park $2,500
  • 2004 Howard University Faculty Fund for Excellence - $5,000
  • 2004 Howard University Faculty Fund for Excellence Travel Grant - $1,834

Professional Affiliations (2003-2008)

  • American Anthropological Association
  • Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference
  • Society for American Archaeology
  • Society for Historical Archaeology
  • Texas Archaeological Society

Community Activities

2006-present Member of the American Fellowships Panel, American Association of University Women, 2006-present.

2004-present Member of the Society for American Archaeology’s Public Education Committee; head of former Boy Scouts Task Group

2004-present Member of the Warriors Project, directed by Dr. Maceo Dailey, University of Texas at El Paso, and by Dr. James Riding In, Arizona State University.

2002-present Member of the Advisory Board, Project Archaeology, Bureau of Land Management.

2006 Presenter, Public Workshops, Museum of Women in the Arts.

2003, 2004 Consultant on the annual archaeological “Dig,” Capital Children’s Museum, Washington, D.C.

2002-2003 Vice-President, PTSA, Silver Spring International Middle School, Silver Spring, MD.

2001-2003 Founding member and liaison to the PTSA of the Comité de los Padres Hispános at the Silver Spring International Middle School, Silver Spring, MD.