Jeffrey Glover



Dr. Glover was born and raised in Atlanta where he attended The Lovett School. He did his undergraduate work at Vanderbilt University where he majored in Anthropology. He pursued his doctoral degree at the University of California, Riverside, which he completed in 2006 and is happy to be back in Atlanta.

Dr. Glover in the fieldDr. Glover’s dissertation research focused on interpreting the spatial patterning of ancient Maya communities in northern Quintana Roo, Mexico and the dynamic role the built environment played in lives of past people. Currently, he is co-director of the Proyecto Costa Escondida with Dr. Dominique Rissolo (UC San Diego). On this project Glover and Rissolo have teamed with Dr. Trish Beddows (Northwestern University), Dr. Beverly Goodman (University of Haifa), Derek Smith (University of Washington), and colleagues to investigate the relationship between humans and the environment at the neighboring ancient Maya port sites of Vista Alegre and Conil. Over the past three millennia, rising sea levels and fluctuating climatic regimes have dramatically transformed the physiographic characteristics of this drowning coastline, while Maya society witnessed the rise and fall of divine kings and the emergence of a market-based economy.  By correlating multiple facets of the changing paleoenvironment with broader social and economic changes, the interdisciplinary research team is revealing the challenges faced, and opportunities pursued, by these coastal peoples as they adapted to their changing coastal landscape.  This same group received support from NOAA in 2011 for the Maritime Maya Project.


Since moving back to Georgia, Dr. Glover has gotten involved in local archaeological projects and organizations.  He is a board member of the Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society (GAAS), a chapter of the Society for Georgia Archaeology (SGA), which meets monthly at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History.  He has worked with Dr. Jim D’Angelo on the Ft. Daniel project; Johnny Waits of the Flat Rock Archive at the Flat Rock Cemetery; Dr. Dennis Blanton on the Points of Contact project, and he has overseen the return of the MARTA archaeological collection back to GSU campus.


Jeffrey Glover


  • Anthropology