Kerry Sagebiel

Professor Sagebiel is the Co-Director, Ceramic Analyst and Laboratory Director for the Ka’Kabish Archaeological Research Project (Director, Professor Helen Haines, Trent University, Canada) near Indian Church, Belize. Her research at Ka’Kabish is concerned with the circumstances of the founding, growth of social complexity and abandonment(s) of Ka’Kabish as related to its place in the social, economic and political landscapes and entanglements of North-central Belize. This includes work on boundary maintenance and social and political emulation, accommodation and resistance as reflected in ceramics. Professor Sagebiel has also conducted research on Maya ceramics at the sites of La Milpa, Blue Creek; Gran Cacao, Belize and San Bartolo, Guatemala.

Professor Sagebiel has also worked as an applied archaeologist in the field of cultural resource management (CRM). She was Office Director and Project Director for Statistical Research, Inc., in Arizona where she was involved in a variety of archaeological research projects throughout the American Southwest. These included site survey and excavation, ceramic analysis, historical-period artifact analysis, collections curation standards and Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA) projects. Professor Sagebiel also has a continuing interest in the study of historical-period stoneware pottery in Texas.

Courses Frequently Taught

  • ANTH 102 Rise of Civilization
  • ANTH 210 Exploring Archaeology
  • ANTH 414/514 Archaeology of Mesoamerica
  • ANTH 415/515 Archaeology of the American Southwest
  • ANTH 453/553 Archaeological Theory
  • ANTH 469/569 Archaeology of Empires
  • ANTH 491/591 Ceramic Analysis



National Geographic Society Research and Exploration Grant, Investigations into Social Stratification and the Dynamics of Early State Formation: Excavations at the Ancient Maya Site of Ka’Kabish. Professor Helen R. Haines, Trent University, Peterborough, Canada, Applicant; Professor Kerry L. Sagebiel and Professor Jaime Awe, Collaborators. $20,164 U.S. dollars.

Selected Academic Publications

Haines, Helen R., and Kerry L. Sagebiel. “When We Two Parted”: Remaking the Ancient Political Landscape of North-Central Belize. In Seeking Conflict: Understanding Ancient Maya Hostilities through Text and Image, edited by Shawn G. Morton and Meaghan Peuramaki-Brown. University Press of Colorado, Boulder. (Pending.)

Sagebiel, Kerry L., and Helen R. Haines. Never Ending, Still Beginning: A New Examination of the Ceramics of Ka’Kabish, Belize. In Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology,Vol. 12. Institute of Archaeology, Belize. (Pending.)

Sagebiel, Kerry L. The Late and Terminal Classic Ceramic Sequence at La Milpa, Belize: Implications for Its Population History. Ancient Mesoamerica 25(1):115–137. 2014.

Haines, Helen R., Alice Gomer, and Kerry L. Sagebiel. “Plant thou no roses at my head”: A Discussion of the Middle Formative Period Buried Deposits at Ka’Kabish, North-central Belize. In Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology, Vol. 11:337–346. Institute of Archaeology, Belize. 2014.

Lohse, Jon C., Kerry L. Sagebiel, and Joanne P. Baron. Northwestern Belize Political Development and Ballgame Ceremony. In Classic Maya Political Ecology: Resource Management, Class Histories, and Political Change in Northwestern Belize, edited by Jon C. Lohse, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles. 2013.

Padilla, Antonio E., Molly Morgan, and Kerry L. Sagebiel. Enduring the Collapse: Postclassic Occupation at Akab Muclil. In Classic Maya Political Ecology: Resource Management, Class Histories, and Political Change in Northwestern Belize, edited by Jon C. Lohse, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, Los Angeles. 2013.

Sagebiel, Kerry L. La Milpa: Shifting Alliances, Shifting Fortunes. In Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology, Vol. 3:329–339, Institute of Archaeology, Belize. 2006.

Lohse, Jon C., and Kerry L. Sagebiel. Ritual Continuity, Ballcourts, and Community at Gran Cacao, Upper Northwestern Belize. In Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology, Vol. 3:341–352, Institute of Archaeology, Belize. 2006.

Sullivan, Lauren A., and Kerry L. Sagebiel. Changing Political Alliances in the Three Rivers Region. In Heterarchy, Political Economy, and the Ancient Maya: The Three Rivers Region of the East-Central Yucatan Peninsula, edited by Vernon L. Scarborough, Nicholas Dunning, and Fred Valdez, Jr., pp. 25–36. University of Arizona Press. 2003.

Selected Cultural Resource Management Publications

Sagebiel, Kerry L., Marcy Rockman, Michael P. Heilen, and Amanda C. Cannon. ETAC 2009: Intensive Archaeological Survey of 1,673 Acres on the East Tactical Range, Barry M. Goldwater Range East, Arizona.Barry M. Goldwater Range East Cultural Resource Management Program, Cultural Resource Studies in the Western Papaguería 20. 2011.

Sagebiel, Kerry L. Native American Ceramics. In The History and Archaeology of the Joint Courts Complex Project Area, Tucson, Arizona, edited by Marlesa A. Gray and Michael Heilen. Appendix 8N. On Sacred Ground: The Joint Courts Complex Archaeological Data Recovery Project, Tucson, Arizona, vol. 1, pt. B, Michael Heilen and Marlesa A. Gray, series editors. SRI Technical Report 10-03. 2010.

Sagebiel, Kerry L., Kelly L. Jenks, Teresita Majewski, and Lauren E. Jelinek. Archaeological Collections Management Procedures: Department of Defense Legacy Resource Management Program, Project 06-319. SRI Technical Report 07-41. Report prepared for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Los Angeles District. 2010.


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Tuesday, 9-10 a.m.
Wednesday, 11 a.m.-noon and 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Friday 10-11 p.m.

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Fall 2020 Course Schedule

  • ANTH 102 - Rise of Civilization (online)
  • ANTH 313 - Archaeology Through Fiction (online)


Ph.D., University of Arizona

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