Mark P. Leone
Mark Leone is a professor of Anthropology at the University of Maryland, College Park. Leone was trained in anthropology at the University of Arizona and focused on the “New Archaeology.” In 1976, Leone began teaching at the University of Maryland where he became the Chair of the Department of Anthropology between 1993 and 2003 as well Chair of the University Senate in 2000 – 2001. He has a general interest in critical theory, as it applies to archaeology, and particularly, to historical archaeology. Dr. Leone is most well known for his use of critical theory in archaeology for the Archaeology in Annapolis project where he was able to bring these interests together. The development of his approach started in his early work within the New Archaeology movement and through his interest in Marxist perspectives to past and present cultures. His approach combines a commitment to social responsibility with a belief in the scientific method.
- B.A. Tufts University, History, 1963
- M.A. University of Arizona, Anthropology, 1966
- Ph.D. University of Arizona, Anthropology, 1968
Dr. Leone is committed to public interpretation of archaeology through the relationship between public interpretation and the politics of archaeology. He runs a well-known, six-week archaeological field school in Annapolis each summer, which is co-sponsored by Historic Annapolis Foundation,who offer practical experience for public outreach.
Current Research Interest
critical theory, historic archaeology, Marxism in archaeology, North American Archaeology, and political – economy
2005 The Archaeology of Liberty in an American Capital: Excavations in Annapolis. University of California Press.
1979 Roots of Modern Mormonism. Harvard University Press.
1995 Invisible America, with Neil A. Silberman. Henry Holt Co.
2008 Overview, for Review Feature (3 reviews of the “Archaeology of Liberty in an American Capital: Excavations in Annapolis”). Cambridge Archaeological Journal 18:1:102-105.
2008 CA Comment on: Time to Destroy. Current Anthropology 49:2:266-267.
2007 Beginning for a Postmodern Archaeology. In “Revolution Fulfilled? Symbolic and Structural Archaeology a Generation On.” Review Feature: Symbolic and Structural Archaeology edited by Ian Hodder. Cambridge Archaeological Journal 17:4:203-207.
2006 LiDAR for Archaeological Landscape Analysis: A Case Study of Two Eighteenth Century Maryland Plantation Sites. With James M. Harmon, Stephen D. Prince, and Marcia Snyder. American Antiquity 71:4:649-670.
2006 How the Landscape of Fear Works in Spring Valley, a Washington, D.C. Neighborhood. City and Society. XVIII (1). 36-42.
2006 Foundational Histories and Power. Archaeological Dialogues 13:2:23-28.
2005 The Archaeology of Black Americans in Recent Times. With Jennifer Babiarz and Cheryl LaRoche. Annual Reviews of Anthropology. 13: 15: 575-599.
2005 Perspective and Surveillance in Eighteenth-Century Maryland Gardens, Including William Paca’s Garden on Wye Island. With James M. Harmon, and Jessica L. Neuwirth. Historical Archaeology, 39:4: 131-150.
2003 Hidden in View: African Spiritual Spaces in North American Landscapes. With Timothy Ruppel, Jessica Neuwirth, and Gladys-Marie Fry. Antiquity. 77: 296: 321-335.
2002 The Political Economy of Archaeological Cultures. With Christopher N. Matthews and Kurt Jordan. Journal of Social Archaeology, 2:1:109-134.
1999 Conjuring in the Big House Kitchen: An Interpretation of African American Belief Systems, Based on the Uses of Archaeology and Folklore Sources, with Gladys-Marie Fry. Journal of American Folklore, Summer 1999; 112:445:372-403.
2008 James Deetz Book Award from the Society for Historical Archaeology
Dept. of Anthropology
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742