Rebecca Storey

Rebecca Storey

Associate Professor
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

McElhinney Hall, Room 258-C


Rebecca Storey has long been interested in the pre-Hispanic civilizations of Mesoamerica. Thus, studying Anthropology and Archaeology was a natural course for her. She was privileged to excavate an apartment compound at the early city of Teotihuacan, near Mexico City, for her doctoral dissertation. She was able to recover 206 individuals and do the first paleodemographic study of a pre-Hispanic population. She has also worked on skeletal populations in Belize, Honduras, and Florida. Dr. Storey came to the University of Houston in 1984 and joined the Anthropology Department. Her research on the Mesoamerican skeletons is ongoing.

Research Interests

  • Bioarchaeology, the study of past populations through their skeletons and the archaeological context
  • Teotihuacan and the Maya in ancient Mesoamerica
  • Health and paleodemography


  • Anthropology Department, Graduate advisor
  • Ancient Mesoamerica (Cambridge University Press), Editorial board
  • Cuicuilco (Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historía), Editorial board
  • American Anthropological Association, Member
  • Society for American Archaeology, Member
  • American Association of Physical Anthropologists, Member

Selected Publications

Storey, Rebecca. Life and Death in the Ancient City of Teotihuacan: A Modern Paleodemographic Synthesis. Tuscaloosa, AL: The University of Alabama Press, 1992.

Storey, Rebecca, Christine D. White, Michael Spence, and Fred Longstaffe. "Immigration, Assimilation, and Status in the Ancient City of Teotihuacan: Isotopic Evidence from Tlajinga 33." Latin American Antiquity 15 (2004): 176-198.

Storey, Rebecca. "The Ancestors: The Bioarchaeology of the Human Remains of K'axob. In K'axob: Ritual, Work, and Family in an Ancient Maya Village." Monumenta Archaeologica 22. Ed. Patricia McAnan. Los Angeles, CA: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California, 2004. 109-138.

Storey, Rebecca. "Health and Lifestyle (before and after Death) among the Copán Elite. In Copán: The History of an Ancient Maya Kingdom." Ed. E. Wyllys Andrews and William L. Fash. Santa Fe, NM: School of American Research Press, 2005. 315-343.

Storey, Rebecca, and Randolph J. Widmer. "The Pre-Columbian Economy." The Cambridge Economic History of Latin America, vol1. Ed. Victor Bulmer-Thomas, John H. Coatsworth, and Roberto Cortés Conde. Cambridge, MA: Cambridge University Press, 2006. 73-106, 519-525.

Storey, Rebecca, and Patricia A. McAnany. "Children of K'axob: Premature Death in a Formative Maya Village." The Social Experience of Childhood in Ancient Mesoamerica. Ed. Traci Ardren and Scott Hutson. Boulder, CO: University Press of Colorado, 2006. 53-72.

Storey, Rebecca. "Mortality Through Time in an Impoverished Residence of the Precolumbian City of Teotihuacan: A Paleodemographic View." Urbanism in the Preindustrial World: Cross-Cultural Approaches. Ed. Glenn R. Storey. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 2006. 277-294.

Storey, Rebecca. "Counting the Dead for Paleoepidemiological Purposes: Its Application to Prehispanic Populations." Memoría del VII Congreso de la Asociación Latinamericana de Antropología Biológica, Ed. by Patricia Olga Hernández, Carlos Serrano and Francisco Ortiz. Mexico City, MX: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historía, 2006. 29-36.

Storey, Rebecca. "An Elusive Paleodemography." American Journal of Physical Anthropology vol. 132, 2007. 40-47.

Storey, Rebecca, Eleanor Harrison-Buck and Patricia McAnany. "Empowered and Disempowered during the Late to Terminal Classic Transition: Maya Burial and Termination Rituals in the Sibun Valley, Belize." New Perspectives on Human Sacrifice and Ritual Body Treatments in Ancient Maya Society, Ed. Vera Tiesler and Andrea Cucina, Springer, NY. 2007. 74-101.

Storey, Rebecca, and Lourdes Marquez Morfin. "Early Village to Regional Center in Mesoamerican: An Investigation of Lifestyle and Health." Ancient Health, Ed. by Mark N. Cohen and Gillian Crane-Kramer, Gainesville, FA: University of Florida Press, 2007. ch 6.

Storey, Rebecca. "Los hombres y las mujeres mayas en el mundo prehispánico." Tendencias actuales de la Bioarqueología en México, Ed. P. O Hernandez, Lourdes Márquez and E. González Licón, Mexico City, MX: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historía, 2008. 235-261.

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