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About Michael E Smith

I am an archaeologist specializing in the Aztecs of central Mexico. I have directed fieldwork projects at Aztec sites in central Mexico, using remains from households to reconstruct economic and social dynamics in the Aztec imperial provinces. I also direct a transdisciplinary comparative research project on urban life from deep history to the present. Together with a group of colleagues at ASU we have researched neighborhoods, open spaces, and urban services.


Present Investigador Externo, El Colegio Mexiquense
Present Professor of Anthropology, School of Human Evolution & Social Change, Arizona State University

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

Mesoamerican archaeology, Aztec studies, and Comparative premodern urbanism

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Honors and Awards

  • Catherine Bauer Wurster Prize for the Best Scholarly Article in Planning History, 2007

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Ancient economies (10)

City-states and empires (10)

Mesoamerican archaeology, general (2)

Review articles (5)