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

Research Focus

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


Center for Heritage Resource Studies (CHRS)


Selected Publications


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

Contact Information

Dept. of Anthropology
University of Maryland
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 405-1425


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