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Richard Leventhal

ORG University of Pennsylvania Title BIO

Richard M. Leventhal is the Williams Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and a Professor in the University of Pennsylvania Department of Anthropology. He received his B.A. in 1974 and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard in 1979. He has done extensive field research in Belize and other parts of Central America for over twenty-five years. This fieldwork has resulted in several monographs and books on the ancient Maya.

Richard M. Leventhal is the Williams Director of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology and a Professor in the University of Pennsylvania Department of Anthropology. He received his B.A. in 1974 and his Ph.D. in Anthropology from Harvard in 1979. He has done extensive field research in Belize and other parts of Central America for over twenty-five years. This fieldwork has resulted in several monographs and books on the ancient Maya.

Richard’s previous positions include President and CEO at the School of American Research in Santa Fe; Director of the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA and Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, UCLA; Associate Professor, Department of Anthropology, University of New York at Albany, and Director of the Institute for Mesoamerican Studies at the same institution. His professional activities include Trustee, Archaeological Institute of America.

Community activities engaged in during his career include serving as Chief Archaeologist, Jason Project, JASON Foundation; Member, Advisory Board, Association for Belizean Archaeology, Belize City, Belize; Board of Directors, Albany Center Gallery, Albany, NY.

Richard is an advisor to the Government of Belize on the development of a National Museum and also works with several Maya indigenous groups in Belize.