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Angela Huster is an archaeologist specializing in the ancient cultures of Central Mexico, with a particular focus on the ways in which rulers and subjects interact. Her dissertation addressed how everyday people’s lives changed at the site of Calixtlahuaca after the site became part of the Aztec Empire and what this told us about the way the empire ruled its provinces. She is currently working on similar issues in earlier time periods, though field research with the Northern Basin of Mexico Historical Ecology Project (directed by Dr. Chris Morehart, SHESC), and the Chicoloapan Viejo Archaeological Project (Dr. Sarah Clayton, UW-Madison), and the the legacy data of the Teotihuacan Mapping Project. Her work focuses on the analysis of ancient ceramics. She is also a postdoc on the Urban Persistence Project, a pilot project to explore the factors that influence the longevity of human settlements, past and present.
2016 Ph.D. in Anthropology, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University. Title: The Effects of Aztec Conquest on Provincial Commoner Households at Calixtlahuaca, Mexico.
2009 M.A. in Anthropology, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University
2005 B.A. in Anthropology and Spanish, University of Oregon
Mesoamerican archaeology (with an emphasis on Postclassic Central Mexico); state formation and consolidation strategies; imperial/provincial interaction; regional-scale economies; migration; household archaeology; archaeological ceramics analysis (INAA, typological); GIS.
2018 Huster, Angela C. Regional-Level Exchange in Postclassic Central Mexico. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 50:40-53.
2016 Huster, Angela C. The Effects of Aztec Conquest on Provincial Commoner Households at Calixtlahuaca, Mexico. Doctoral Dissertation, School of Human Evolution and Social Change, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ.
2015 Huster, Angela C., and Michael E. Smith. A New Archaeological Chronology for Aztec-Period Calixtlahuaca, Mexico. Latin American Antiquity. 26(1):3-25
2015 Huster, Angela C., Michael E. Smith and Juliana Novic. Artefactos Rituales de Contextos Públicos y Domésticos en Calixtlahuaca. In Bajo el volcán. Vida y ritualidad en torno al Nevado de Toluca, edited by P. Luna, A. Montero and R. Junco, INAH, México.
2013 Huster, Angela C. Assessing Systematic Bias in Museum Collections: A Case Study of Spindle Whorls. Advances In Archaeological Practice. 1(2):77-90
2013 Smith, Michael E., Aleksander Borejsza, Angela C. Huster, Charles D. Frederick, Isabel Rodríguez López, and Cynthia Heath-Smith. Excavations of Houses and Terraces at Calixtlahuaca, an Aztec-Period City in the Toluca Valley of Central Mexico. Journal of Field Archaeology. 38(3):225-241
2009 Smith, Michael E., Juliana Novic, Angela C. Huster, and Peter C. Kroefges. Reconocimiento Superficial y Mapeo en Calixtlahuaca en 2006. Expresión Antropológica. 36:39-55
I am involved with the following research projects:
Toluca Valley Geochemical Variation Project
Documenting, disseminating, and archiving data from the Teotihuacan Mapping Project
Northern Basin of Mexico Historical Ecology Project
Chicoloapan Viejo Archaeological Project
Calixtlahuaca Archaeogical Project