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Rebecca Storey

Rebecca Storey

Professor emerita
Graduate Advisor
Ph.D., The Pennsylvania State University

Old Science Building, Suite 230


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

Bioarchaeological Research on Video

"Out of the Past" on Annenberg Learner site.
PBS Show: "Secrets of the Dead",  episode: "Teotihuacan's Lost Kings" - about research in Teotihuacan.


  • Graduate Advisor and Chair of Graduate Committee, Anthropology Program
  • 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

2017   Rebecca Storey and Glenn R. Storey, Rome and the Classic Maya: Comparing the Slow Collapse of Civilizations. New York: Routledge.

2016   The Excavation and  Reconstruction of Group 8N-11, Copan, Honduras: The Process of Discovery and Rediscovery. With Randolph J. Widmer.  In Human  Adaptation in Ancient Mesoamerica, edited by  Nancy Gonlin and Kirk  D. French, pp. 155-174.  University of Colorado Press, Boulder.

2016   Requestioning the Classic Maya Collapse and the Fall of the  Roman Empire: Slow Collapse. With Glenn R.  Storey.  In Beyond Collapse: Archaeological Perspectives on  Resilience, Revitalization, and Transformation in  Complex  Societies, edited y Ronald K. Faulseit, pp. 99-123. Center for Archaeological Investigations, Occasional Paper No. 42, Carbondale, IL.

2014 Classic Maya Warfare and Skeletal Trophies:  Victims and Aggressors.  In Bioarchaeologial and Forensic Perspectives on Violence, edited by Debra L. Martin and Cheryl Anderson, pp. 120-133.  Cambridge, Cambridge University Press.

2012 A Master Artisan? Tribute to the Founder of a Teotihuacan Apartment Compound.  With Randolph J. Widmer. In The Bioarchaeology of Individuals, edited by Ann Stodder and Ann Palkovich, pp. 162-176. University of Florida Presses, Gainesville.

2012 Teotihuacan Neighborhoods and the Health of Residents: The Risks of Preindustrial Urban Living.  With Lourdes Márquez-Morfín, and Luis F. Nuñez.  In The Neighborhood as a Social and Spatial Unit in Mesoamerican Cities, edited by M. Charlotte Arnauld, Linda R. Manzanilla, and Michael E. Smith, pp. 117-131. University of Arizona Press, Tucson.

2008   "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, pp 235-261. Mexico City, MX: Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historía.

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

2006  "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, pp 277-294. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press.

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

2004  "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 McAnany, pp 109-138. Los Angeles, CA: Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California.

2004  With 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.

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


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