S. Montgomery, Calakmul (2023)

Shane Montgomery

Pronouns: he, him, his

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Educational Background

MA Anthropology, University of Central Florida, 2016

BA Anthropology, University of New Mexico, 2010


Bajo el Laberinto Archaeological Project (Proyecto Arqueológico Bajo el Laberinto, PABEL)

PABEL is an interdisciplinary, multi-institutional project located in the Calakmul Biosphere Reserve, a UNESCO World Heritage center. The study area surrounds the Bajo el Laberinto wetlands and is focused on city of Calakmul, one of the largest and most significant cities in the Precontact Americas. Our goal is to provide a better understanding of how an agrarian-based metropolis developed in the environmentally sensitive tropical lowlands, from its foundation in the Preclassic period to its disintegration at the end of the Late Classic era. I am particularly interested in changing population dynamics, landscape modifications, urban commerce, and evolving urban strategies. 

In addition, our project incorporates biological and ecological studies in the Calakmul rainforest. We also work closely with INAH (Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia) and CONANP (Comisión Nacional de Áreas Naturales Protegidas) to support best practices for heritage conservation and park management.


  • Martha Biggar Anders Memorial Award, University of Calgary. 2023
  • Martha Biggar Anders Memorial Award, University of Calgary. 2021
  • Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship (AGES), University of Calgary. 2021
  • John C. Carter Endowment for Archaeological Research, University of Calgary. 2020