Aerial view of campus with Williamsport, the Susquehanna River and Bald Eagle Mountain as a backdrop

Jessica Munson

Jessica Munson


A.B., Princeton University
M.A., Ph.D., University of Arizona

Contact Information:

Campus Post Office Box 2
Personal Website

Associate Professor of Anthropology and Archaeology
Areas of Expertise: Maya Archaeology, Formative Mesoamerica, Community Organization, Architecture, Ritual, Writing, Quantitative Methods, Social Network Analysis, GIS

Dr. Jessica Munson joined the Department of Anthropology/Sociology and Archaeology Program at Lycoming College in 2015 after holding previous postdoctoral positions at University of California Davis and Simon Fraser University. She received her Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of Arizona in 2012. Currently, she is the director for the Altar de Sacrificios Archaeological Project in Petén, Guatemala supported by the Wenner-Gren Foundation.

Selected Publications:

Munson, Jessica. From metaphors to practice: Operationalizing network concepts for archaeological stratigraphy. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory. 22(2): 428-460.

Munson, Jessica, Viviana Amati, Mark Collard, and Martha Macri. Classic Maya bloodletting and the cultural evolution of religious ritual: Quantifying patterns of variation in hieroglyphic texts. PLoS One 9(9): e107982.

Aoyama, Kazuo and Jessica Munson. Ancient Maya obsidian exchange and chipped stone production at Caobal, Guatemala. Mexicon 34(2): 34-42.

Munson, Jessica and Martha J. Macri. Sociopolitical network interactions: A case study of the Classic Maya. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 28(4): 424-438.