QARGMcMicken College of Arts & SciencesQuarternary and Anthropocene Research GroupUniversity of Cincinnati

QARG Members

Vernon L. Scarborough

Vernon L. Scarborough
Scarborough's Research
Department of Anthropology
Complex Society and Sustanability

Vernon L. Scarborough is a Distinguished University Research Professor and a Charles Phelps Taft Professor in Anthropology at the University of Cincinnati. His topical interests remain settlement, land use, and water management in the context of the archaic state. By examining ancient engineered water systems and landscapes, he addresses societal sustainability issues from a comparative ecological perspective. To achieve this end, he has emphasized cross–disciplinary exchange and international fieldwork. He is currently editing the volume Water and Humanity: A Historical Overview for UNESCO, a major initiative of their International Hydrological Program (Delft). He is also a member of the Scientific Steering Committee with IHOPE (Integrated History for the Future of the People of Earth—an effort of the IGBP—International Geosphere and Biosphere Programme and the Stockholm Resilience Center). Since 1992, he has been co–director of the Programme for Belize Archaeological Project, a large, annually active, research project in northwestern Belize. His current fieldwork focuses on water and the engineered landscape at the ancient Maya center of Tikal, Guatemala. For more information on Programme for Belize click here.

QARG Publications
Scarborough, V.L., 2003. The Flow of Power: Ancient Water Systems and Landscapes. School of American Research Press, Santa Fe, paperbound, 204 pages.

Scarborough, V.L. and Lucero, L. 2011. The Non-Hierarchical Development of Complexity in the Semitropics: Water and Cooperation. Water History 2, 185-205.

Scarborough, V.L. and Burnside, W., 2010. Complexity and Sustainability: Perspectives from the Ancient Maya and the Modern Balinese. American Antiquity, 75, 327-63.