Publications and Downloads

Here are links to download some of my publications. If you do not have access to a particular journal and would like a copy of a manuscript, please contact me at lisa dot overholtzer at

Overholtzer, Lisa. 2015. Agency, Practice, and Chronological Context: A Bayesian Approach to Household Chronologies. Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 37:37-47. DOI: 10.1016/j.jaa.2014.11.001

De Lucia, Kristin and Lisa Overholtzer. 2014. Everyday Action and the Rise and Decline of Ancient Polities: Household Strategy and Political Change in Postclassic Xaltocan, Mexico. Ancient Mesoamerica 25(2):441-458.

Overholtzer, Lisa. 2014. A New Bayesian Chronology for Postclassic and Colonial Occupation at Xaltocan, Mexico. Radiocarbon 56(3):1077-1092.

Overholtzer, Lisa. 2013. Archaeological Interpretation and the Rewriting of History: Deimperializing and Decolonizing the Past at Xaltocan, Mexico. American Anthropologist 115(3):481-495. DOI: 10.1111/aman.12030/full

Stoner, Wesley D., John K. Millhauser, Enrique Rodríguez-Alegría, Lisa Overholtzer, and Michael D. Glascock. 2013. Taken with a Grain of Salt: Experimentation and the Chemistry of Archaeological Ceramics from Xaltocan, Mexico. Journal of Archaeological Method and Theory 21:862-898. DOI: 10.1007/s10816-013-9179-2

Mata-Míguez, Jaime, Lisa Overholtzer, Enrique Rodríguez-Alegría, Brian M. Kemp, and Deborah A. Bolnick. 2012. The Genetic Impact of Aztec Imperialism: Ancient Mitochondrial DNA Evidence from Xaltocan, Mexico. American Journal of Physical Anthropology 149(4):504-516. DOI: 10.1002/ajpa.22152

Overholtzer,  Lisa. 2012. So that the baby not be formed like a pottery rattle: Rattle Figurines and Aztec Household Social Reproductive Practices. Ancient Mesoamerica 23(1):69-83.

Overholtzer, Lisa and Wesley D. Stoner. 2011. Merging the Social and the Material: Life Histories of Ancient Mementos from Central Mexico. Journal of Social Archaeology 11(2):171-193. DOI: 10.1177/1469605311399072

Fargher, Lane F., Richard E. Blanton, Verenice Y. Heredia Espinoza, John Millhauser, Nezahualcoyotl Xiutecutli, and Lisa Overholtzer. Tlaxcallan: the archaeology of an ancient republic in the New World. Antiquity 85(327):172-186. Available at:

Brumfiel, Elizabeth M. and Lisa Overholtzer. 2009. Alien Bodies, Everyday People, and Internal Spaces: Embodiment, Figurines and Social Discourse in Postclassic Mexico.  In Mesoamerican Figurines: Small-Scale Indexes of Large-Scale Phenomena.  Eds. Halperin, Christina T., Katherine A. Faust, and Rhonda Taube.  Gainesville:  University Press of Florida.

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