Samantha Seyler

Doctoral Student


I am an anthropological archaeologist interested in colonialism, capitalism, and frontiers.  I have previously worked on prehistoric and colonial sites in the Peruvian Andes. My current research uses community-based archaeology to explore histories surrounding the Caste War of Yucatan (1847-1901) in the town of Tihosuco, Quintana Roo, Mexico. My research investigates historic haciendas and ranchos of the 18th and early 19th centuries to understand the expansion of the capitalist world-system and the broader socioeconomic dynamics of the Yucatecan frontier in the decades leading up to the Caste War.    


B.A. Anthropology, New College of Florida

Research Interests

Andean archaeology, colonialism, historical archaeology, community archaeology, cultural heritage  


Geographical Area

Graduate Status