Donny Slater

When you see Dr. Slater ask him about his most recent expedition to the Yucatan and his Maya research.

Ever since I was a young child I was fascinated by objects, places, and stories connected to the past; a passion that led me to study to become an archaeologist. My primary areas of interest focus on religion, cosmology, and iconography of the ancient Maya and other Mesoamerican cultures. I direct an archaeological project that discovers, explores, and studies ancient Maya ritual caves in Yucatan, but I have also worked at Colonial sites in New England; another area of great interest for me. Before joining the Department of History and Social Science, my time at Andover began with 12 years at the Robert S. Peabody Institute of Archaeology—an incredible resource here on campus. One of the highlights of my work at Andover is co-directing the HUACA and BALAM Projects – two expeditionary and experiential learning programs to Peru and Mesoamerica, respectively. I am also an avid photographer and am a big fan of hockey, classic rock music, 60s muscle cars, and exploring the outdoors, particularly with my wife and two young daughters Quinn and Maeve. 

BA, anthropology/archaeology, University of New Hampshire
MA, anthropology/archaeology, Brandeis University
Ph.D., anthropology/archaeology, Brandeis University
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