Marieka Arksey became the Collections Manager in 2017 and holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming. Marieka has conducted fieldwork in caves in South Africa, Haiti, and Belize. Her interests include: changes in ritual practices and power structures in relation to environmental and social crises; definitions of spatial boundaries in ritual landscapes; community-engagement in heritage research; digital heritage preservation; and interdisciplinary, open access, and data sharing practices. Currently her work is focused on the development of the new University of Wyoming Archaeological Repository database and a national-scale archaeological collections index. These projects share the goal of making archaeological collections data accessible and discoverable on a larger scale to researchers, the public, and educators alike.

As the Collections Manager, Marieka is responsible under State Statute 36-4-106(d) for archaeological research, public outreach, publication, and collections management. Marieka believes that inclusive means of heritage data sharing, such as public indexes, linked data repositories, virtual museums, and user-driven data collection allow for a multivocality and self-reflexivity needed for interpretation and analysis in collections management. By incorporating public digital platforms archaeological repositories are able to encourage this level of interpretation and offer more channels for discourse. Increased access to archaeological data through digital platforms can in turn provide the impetus needed to increase academic interests in collections-based research, which not only enriches archaeologists’ understandings of the past, but provides the collection repositories with additional data to share with their web-based audiences.

As an Adjunct with the UW Department of Anthropology, Marieka also teaches the Curation class which gives students hands on experience with the processing, cataloging, and conservation of artifacts from archaeological sites around Wyoming after they been deposited with the Repository. This enables archaeology students to fully trace the lifecycle of material culture – from original creation, to use and re-use, discard, excavation, preservation, and public education.

 

Marieka Arksey became the Collections Manager in 2017 and holds an appointment as Adjunct Professor of Anthropology at the University of Wyoming. Marieka has conducted fieldwork in caves in South Africa, Haiti, and Belize. Her interests include: changes in ritual practices and power structures in relation to environmental and social crises; definitions of spatial boundaries in ritual landscapes; community-engagement in heritage research; digital heritage preservation; and interdisciplinary, open access, and data sharing practices. Currently her work is focused on the development of the new University of Wyoming Archaeological Repository database and a national-scale archaeological collections index. These projects share the goal of making archaeological collections data accessible and discoverable on a larger scale to researchers, the public, and educators alike.

As the Collections Manager, Marieka is responsible under State Statute 36-4-106(d) for archaeological research, public outreach, publication, and collections management. Marieka believes that inclusive means of heritage data sharing, such as public indexes, linked data repositories, virtual museums, and user-driven data collection allow for a multivocality and self-reflexivity needed for interpretation and analysis in collections management. By incorporating public digital platforms archaeological repositories are able to encourage this level of interpretation and offer more channels for discourse. Increased access to archaeological data through digital platforms can in turn provide the impetus needed to increase academic interests in collections-based research, which not only enriches archaeologists’ understandings of the past, but provides the collection repositories with additional data to share with their web-based audiences.

As an Adjunct with the UW Department of Anthropology, Marieka also teaches the Curation class which gives students hands on experience with the processing, cataloging, and conservation of artifacts from archaeological sites around Wyoming after they been deposited with the Repository. This enables archaeology students to fully trace the lifecycle of material culture – from original creation, to use and re-use, discard, excavation, preservation, and public education.

Education

Ph.D. 2017 World Cultures and History, University of California, Merced
Dissertation: Expanding the Ritual Landscape: Politicized Use of the Spaces Outside of Caves during the Terminal Classic Maya Collapse

M.A. 2008 Arts, Histories, and Cultures, University of Manchester, England

B.S. 2006 Archaeological Science (Honors), University of Toronto, Canada

Publications

  • Journal Articles (Peer Reviewed)

    Mostern, Ruth and Marieka Arksey. 2016. Don't Just Build It, They Probably Won't Come: Rethinking Data Sharing in the Historical Quantitative Social Sciences. International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing, 10.2:205-224.

     

  • Conference Proceedings

    Arksey, Marieka and Holley Moyes. Ancient Maya Ritual Pathways: Performing Power Outside the Cave at Las Cuevas, Belize. In Breaking Barriers: Proceedings of the 47th Annual Chacmool Conference November 7-9, 2014. Edited by Robyn Crook, Kim Edwards, and Colleen Hughes. Calgary: The Chacmool Archaeological Association of the University of Calgary. Pp.106-117.

    Moyes, Holley, Mark Robinson, Barbara Voorhies, Laura Kosakowsky, Marieka Arksey, Erin Ray, and Shayna Hernandez. Dreams at Las Cuevas: A Location of High Devotional Expression of the Late Classic Maya. Research Reports in Belizean Archaeology, 12, Institute of Archaeology, NICH, Belmopan, Belize.

     

  • Reports

    Arksey, Marieka. A Late Classic Group Connected to Moth Cave (Aka Possum Cave) in the Vaca Plateau. In Report of the 2015 Belize Cave Research Project. Edited by Holley Moyes and Marieka Arksey. Submitted to the Institute of Archaeology, Belmopan, Belize. Pp. 44-75.

    Arksey, Marieka. Preliminary Findings from Outside Five Cave Entrances: Rice Mill 3, Actun Isabella, Actun Tunichil Muknal, Actun K’in K’aba, and Ofrenda Cave. In Report of the 2014 Belize Cave Research Project. Edited by Holley Moyes. Submitted to the Institute of Archaeology, Belmopan, Belize.

    Arksey, Marieka and Barbara Voorhies. Revisiting Cave Unit 4. In Dreams at Las Cuevas: Investigating a Location of High Devotional Expression, edited by Mark Robinson and Holley Moyes. Submitted to the Institute of Archaeology, Belmopan, Belize. Pp. 57-74.

    Voorhies, Barbara and Marieka Arksey. 2015. 2014 Excavations at Las Cuevas Cave Unit 3. In Dreams at Las Cuevas: Investigating a Location of High Devotional Expression, edited by Mark Robinson and Holley Moyes. Submitted to the Institute of Archaeology, Belmopan, Belize. Pp. 43-56.

    Arksey, Marieka. 2014. Excavations in the Sinkhole. In The Light and Dark Side of Las Cuevas: Archaeological Investigations of the 2013 Season, edited by Mark Robinson and Holley Moyes. Submitted to the Institute of Archaeology, Belmopan, Belize. Pp. 55-84.

    Arksey, Marieka and John Walden. 2013. Las Cuevas Cave Entrance Chamber Test Unit 4. 2013. In 2nd Report of the Las Cuevas Archaeological Reconnaissance Project: The 2012 Field Season, edited by Holley Moyes and Mark Robinson. Submitted to the Institute of Archaeology, Belmopan, Belize. Pp. 102-111.

    Guerra, Rafael and Marieka Arksey. 2012. Excavations at the Major Center of Lower Dover. 2012. A Report of the 2011 Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project Field Season. Submitted to the Institute of Archaeology, Belmopan, Belize. Pp 108-120.

     

  • Submitted

    Arksey, Marieka. Distorting Natural Boundaries: How the ‘Naturalness’ of Ancient Maya Ritual Pathways Enforced Political Control. For inclusion as a chapter in an edited volume following the 2014-2015 UC Merced Center for Humanities seminar series, edited by Ignacio López-Calvo.

Presentations

  • Conference Organization

    2017 “Structure and Space at Maya Sites I”. Session Chair. Society for American Archaeology 82nd Annual Meeting. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. March 31.

    2016 The Role of Community Engagement in Preservation Management. Co-Chair. Symposium presented by the Natural and Cultural Resources Preservation Interdisciplinary Group, University of California, Merced, April 18.

    2015 Preservation, Technology, and Development. Co-Chair. Symposium presented by the Natural and Cultural Resources Preservation Interdisciplinary Group, University of California, Merced, December 3.

    2015 The Intersection of Next Generation Technology and Resource Preservation. Co-chair. Symposium presented by the Natural and Cultural Resources Preservation Interdisciplinary Group, University of California, Merced, October.

    2015 “Sustaining Cultural Identity through Ritual: Responses to Conflict and Catastrophe”. Session Chair. 48th Annual Chacmool Archaeology Conference, University of Calgary, November.

    2014 “Bodily and Spatial Inversions”. Session Co-Chair. The World Upside Down Conference, Center for the Humanities, University of California Merced, April.

    2014 2nd Annual World Cultures Graduate Student Conference. Co-Chair. University of California Merced, April.

    2013 1st Annual World Cultures Graduate Student Conference. Co-Chair. University of California Merced, April.

     

  • Papers Presented

    2017 Politicized Use of the Spaces outside of Caves during the Terminal Classic Maya Collapse. Society for American Archaeology 82nd Annual Meeting. Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. March 31.

    2016 Sacred Space and Social Solidarity During the Classic Maya Collapse. Cave Research Symposium. University of California, Merced. November 9.

    2016 Expanding the Ritual Landscape: Politicized Use of the Spaces outside of Caves during the Terminal Classic Maya Collapse, ILAS@40: 40th Annual Institute of Latin American Studies Conference, La Trobe University, Melbourne, Australia, December 2.

    2016 Comparing Cave Size to Degree of Modification Outside their Entrances. 81st Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting: New Developments in Mesoamerican Subterranean Archaeology, Orlando FL, April 10.

    2015 Late Classic Maya Cave Use: Ritual Transformation as a Strategy to Maintain Order. 48th Annual Chacmool Archaeology Conference, University of Calgary, November 14.

    2015 Are We Still Reinventing the Wheel? Towards Successful Data Repository Design for Social Science History. 40th Annual Meeting of the Social Science History Association, Baltimore, November 12-15. (with Ruth Mostern)

    2015 Keeping it Natural: Ancient Maya Modifications of the Ritual Landscape Outside of Caves, 80th Annual Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, San Francisco CA, April. (with Holley Moyes)

    2015 Ancient Maya Cave Access: Spatial Control as Political Strategy during the Collapse, California Geographic Information Association Geosummit 2015 "Shaping the Growth of GIS Innovation", March.

    2014 Visualizing Ritual Pathways, 47th Annual Chacmool Archaeology Conference, University of Calgary, November. (with Holley Moyes, Mark Robinson, Lauren Philips)

    2014 The Cave at Las Cuevas, 12th Annual Belize Archaeology & Anthropology Symposium, July. (with Holley Moyes, Barbara Voorhies, Laura Kosakowsky, Mark Robinson, Erin Ray, Shayna Hernandez)

    2014 Ritual Pathways at Las Cuevas, 79th Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting, Austin TX, April. (with Holley Moyes, Mark Robinson)

    2014 Redefining the Boundaries of Ancient Maya Cave Rituals, University of California Merced’s 2nd Annual World Cultures Graduate Student Conference, April.

    2013 Ancient Maya Performance and Cave Rituals: Defining a Space for Public Participation, University of California Merced’s 1st Annual World Cultures Graduate Student Conference, April.

    2012 Quick and Dirty: An Economic Methodology for a Native American Archaeological Site, University of California Merced Student Research Poster Competition, April. (with Christine Clarkson)

    2011 Constructing Histories in Sixteenth Century Mesoamerica: Landscape, Resistance, & Identity, 76th Society for American Archaeology Annual Meeting April.

     

  • Departmental Talks

    2016 Digital Methods for Cultural Resource Preservation. Invited lecture in The Intersection of Next Generation Technology and Resource Preservation Seminar, Natural and Cultural Resources Preservation Interdisciplinary Group, University of California Merced, October 8.

    2014 Raising Hell: Ancient Maya Modifications of the Ritual Landscape Outside of Caves. Invited lecture in the UC Merced Seminar in the Humanities, University of California Merced, October 8.

Contact

Email Marieka Arksey
Collections Manager
University of Wyoming Archaeological Repository
1000 E. University Ave., Dept. 3431
Laramie, WY 82071
209-585-9039