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Vernon L. Scarborough
Born 25 June 1950 (1950-06-25) (age 59)
Citizenship United States
Fields anthropology, archaeology
Institutions UT El Paso (1982-1987)
University of Cincinnati (1988–)
Alma mater University of Oregon (B.S. 1973)
Southern Methodist University (PhD 1980)
Known for – ancient hydrological and water management systems
– pre-Columbian settlement patterns & political economies
Maya site archaeology in Belize and the Petén

Vernon Lee Scarborough (born 1950)[1] is an American academic anthropologist and archaeologist, known for his research and publications on settlement, land use and water management practices of archaic and pre-industrial cultures.

As of 2009 Scarborough is a professor and head of the Department of Anthropology at the McMicken College of Arts and Sciences, University of Cincinnati in Ohio, USA. Scarborough's research and fieldwork on hydrology and water management systems has been conducted primarily among pre-Columbian Maya civilization sites in the Maya lowlands of Guatemala and Belize, where since 1992 he has co-directed and instructed on a number of seasonal archaeology programmes under the Programme for Belize Archaeological Project (PfBAP). In addition to his research conducted at Maya sites in Mesoamerica, Scarborough has worked in his field specialty with institutions and at site locations in Sudan, Pakistan, Indonesia and the American Southwest, among others.

As an undergraduate Scarborough attended the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon, completing his B.S. in anthropology in 1973. His doctorate studies were undertaken at Southern Methodist University in Dallas, where he was awarded his PhD in 1980.


  1. ^ Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF) .

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