Jeffrey Parsons

Jeffrey Parsons
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  • Phone: 734.764.7571
  • Office: 4042 Ruthven Museums Bldg, 1109 Geddes Ave, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1079
  • Ph.D. 1966, University of Michigan
  • CV

Research Interests


  • Regional studies, land use, culutral ecology
  • Archaeological ethnography


  • Mesoamerica
  • Central Andes


Jeffrey R. Parsons has been awarded the 2015 Prize for Excellence in Latin America and Caribbean Archaeology by the Society for American Archaeology. This award is given annually in recognition of a member who has made a lasting and significant contribution to the practice of archaeology and/or to the construction of archaeological knowledge in Latin America or the Caribbean. Jeff will accept his award at the Society's annual meeting in San Francisco in April.

Research Description

Jeffrey R. Parsons pioneered and expanded the scope of settlement patterns analysis in archaeology and conducted extensive surveys in Central Mexico, Peru, and Argentina. He continues to work on completing the final monographs for four of his past field projects: (1) 1981 excavations in the old Chinampa district, southern Valley of Mexico; (2) 1969-70 surveys and excavations of ancient sunken agricultural fields on the Peruvian coast; (3) 2003 off-site surveys in central Lake Texcoco, Mexico; and (4) revision of his 1966 dissertation on Aztec ceramics.