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Richard Lesure

Department: Anthropology
307 Haines Hall
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1553
Campus mailcode: 155303
Tel: 310-825-4614
Keywords: Mexico, Central America, Ecuador



Research Interests

Theory and method in anthropological archaeology; the interplay of rhetoric and evidence. Politics, inequality, and social life in pre-state societies; the transition to sedentism. Prehistoric art and the challenge of interpretation. Prehistoric religions; belief systems, ritual, and daily life. Mesoamerica, Formative period.

Selected Publications

2011 Lesure, Richard G., The Goddess Diffracted: Explaining Femaleness in Prehistoric Figurines. Cambridge University Press.

2009 Lesure, Richard G., editor and principal author. Subsistence and Settlement in Early Formative Soconusco: El Varal and the Problem of Inter-Site Assemblage Variation. Cotsen Institute Press, Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA, Monograph 65.

2008 Lesure, Richard G., The Neolithic Demographic Transition in Mesoamerica? Larger Implications of the Strategy of Relative Chronology. In The Neolithic Demographic Transition and Its Consequences, edited by Jean-Pierre Bocquet-Appel and Ofer Bar Yosef, pp.107-138. Springer Science.

2007 Lesure, Richard G., Modes of Explanation for Prehistoric Imagery: Juggling Universalist, Historicist, and Contextualist Approaches in the Study of Early Figurines. In: Material Beginnings: A Global Prehistory of Figurative Representation, edited by C. Renfrew and I. Morley. McDonald Institute Monographs, Cambridge.

2006 Michael Blake, Richard G. Lesure, John E. Clark, Warren D. Hill, Luis Barba Pingarrón, The Residence of Power at Paso de la Amada, Mexico. In Palaces and Power in the Americas: From Peru to the Northwest Coast, edited by Jessica Christie and Patricia Sarro, pp.191-210. University of Texas Press, 2006.

2006 Lesure, Richard G., Aleksander Borejsza, Jennifer Carballo, Charles Frederick, Virginia Popper, and Thomas A. Wake. Chronology, Subsistence, and the Transition to the Formative in Central Tlaxcala, Mexico. Latin American Antiquity 17(4): 474-492.

2005 Lesure, Richard G., Linking Theory and Evidence in an Archaeology of Human Agency: Iconography, Style, and Theories of Embodiment. Journal of Archaeological Method in Theory 12, 2005, pp. 237-255.

2004 Lesure, Richard G., Shared Art Styles and Long-Distance Contact in Early Mesoamerica. In Mesoamerican Archaeology, edited by Julia A. Hendon and Rosemary A. Joyce, pp. 73-96. Blackwell, Oxford.

2002 Lesure, Richard G., The Goddess Diffracted: Thinking about the Figurines of Early Villages. Current Anthropology 43(4):587-610.

2002 Lesure, Richard G., and Michael Blake, Interpretive Challenges in the Study of Early Complexity: Economy, Ritual, and Architecture at Paso de la Amada, Mexico. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 21:1-24.