David Grove

David C. Grove

Professor Emeritus of Anthropology
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and Courtesy Professor of Anthropology
University of Florida

Department of Anthropology
1112 Turlington Hall, P.O. Box 117305
University of Florida
Gainesville, FL 32611-7305
Fax: (352) 392-6929
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Background | Research Interests | Publications

David Grove is a Courtesy Professor of Anthropology at the University of Florida.  He is also Professor Emeritus of Anthropology, and Jubilee Professor of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Illinois. He received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from UCLA in 1968, and taught at the University of Illinois from 1970 to 2001.  Prior to that he taught at the State University of New York at Binghamton, and California State University at Northridge. He is a member of the American Anthropological Association, Society for American Archaeology, and the Sociedad Mexicana de Antropologia.

He served as President of the Archaeology Division, American Anthropological Association, from 1992 to 1993, and was a member of the AAA Executive Board from 1990-1993. He serves on the Editorial Board of the Middle American Research Institute, and the Journal Ancient Mesoamerica. He has been a recipient of the University of Illinois' Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, and the Distinguished Teaching Award of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.   In 2004, he was elected as a Fellow in the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.  In 2008 he was awarded the American Anthropological Association’s A.V. Kidder Award for Eminence in Mesoamerican archaeology.

His primary research interest is the Mesoamerican Early and MiddleFormative/Preclassic periods (c. 1500-500 B.C.). His region of concentration is the central Mexican highlands, and he is best know for his work at the site Chalcatzingo, Morelos, and Oxtotitlan cave, Guerrero. He has also carried out research at Tlatilco culture sites in Morelos, at Olmec sites on Mexico's Gulf coast, and at sites on the Pacific coast of Oaxaca. His interests range from settlement and household archaeology to Formative period iconography.


1984 Chalcatzingo: Excavations on the Olmec Frontier. Thames and Hudson.

1987 Ancient Chalcatzingo. David C. Grove, editor. University of Texas Press, Austin.

1989 Regional Perspectives on the Olmec, Robert J. Sharer and David C. Grove, editors. School of American Research Advanced Seminar Series, Cambridge University Press.


1970a The Olmec Paintings of Oxtotitlan Cave, Guerrero, Mexico. Studies in Pre-Columbian Art and Archaeology, No. 6. Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.

1970b Los Murales de la Cueva de Oxtotitlan, Acatlan, Guerrero. Serie Investigaciones, No. 23. INAH, Mexico.

1974 San Pablo, Nexpa, and the Early Formative Archaeology of Morelos, Mexico.  Vanderbilt University Publications in Anthropology, No. 12. Nashville.


1992 Up-Dating Olmec Prehistory. National Geographic Society Research and Exploration 8 (2):148-165.

1992 Archaeological Indicators of Formative Period Elite: A Perspective from Central Mexico. In Mesoamerican Elites: An Archaeological Assessment, pp. 191-205. University of Oklahoma Press. (co-authored with Susan D. Gillespie).

1992 Ideology and Evolution at the Pre-State Level: Formative Period Mesoamerica. In Ideology and Pre-Columbian Civilizations, Arthur Demarest and Geoffrey Conrad, editors, pp. 15-36. School of American Research Advanced Seminar Series, School of American Research Press. (co-authored with Susan D. Gillespie).

1993 "Olmec" Horizons in Formative Period Mesoamerica: Diffusion or Social Evolution? In Latin American Horizons, Don Stephen Rice, editor, pp. 83-111. Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.

1994 La Isla, Veracruz, 1991: A Preliminary Report, with Comments on the Olmec Uplands. Ancient Mesoamerica 5:223-230.

1994 Chalcatzingo. In, Los Olmecas en Mesoamérica, John E. Clark, ed., pp. 164-173. Citibank, México.

1996 Archaeological Contexts of Olmec Art Outside of the Gulf Coast. In, Olmec Art of Ancient Mexico, pp. 105-117. National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.

1997 Olmec Archaeology: A Half-Century of Research and its Accomplishments. Journal of World Prehistory 11 (1):51-101.

1999 Public Monuments and Sacred Mountains: Observations on Three Formative Period Sacred Landscapes.  In, Social Patterns in Preclassic Mesoamerica, David C. Grove and Rosemary Joyce, eds., pp. 255-299.  Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C.

2000 Faces of the Earth at Chalcatzingo: Serpents, Caves, and Mountains in Middle Formative Period Iconography.  In Olmec Art and Archaeology in Mesoamerica, John Clark and Mary Pye, eds., pp. 277-295.  Center for Advanced Study, National Gallery of Art, Washington.

2000 The Pre-Classic Societies of the Central Highlands of Mexico. In The Cambridge History of the Native Peoples of the Americas, R.E.W. Adams and M. McLeod, editors, pp. 122-155. Cambridge University Press.

2000 La zona del Altiplano central en el Preclásico.  In Historia Antigua de México: Vol. 1, Linda Manzanilla and Leonardo López Lujan, editors, pp. 511-540.  INAH and UNAM, México.

2002    Middle Formative Domestic Ritual at Chalcatzingo, Morelos.  In Domestic Ritual in Ancient Mesoamerica, Patricia Plunket, ed., Monograph 46, pp. 11-19. The Cotsen Institute of Archaeology, University of California at Los Angeles. (co-authored with Susan D. Gillespie)

2006    Chalcatzingo y la "cultura Tlatilco" en el Preclásico de Moreolos.  In Arqueología e historia del Centro de México: Homenaje a Eduardo Matos Moctezuma, Leonardo López Luján, David Carrasco y Lourdes Cué, eds., pp. 103-113. INAH, México.

2007     Los Monumentos de la Terraza 6 de Chalcatzingo, Morelos. Arqueologia No. 35:23-32. INAH, México

2007    Stirrup Spout Vessels and Carved Stone Monuments: The Many Faces of Interregional Interactions in Formative Period Morelos. In, Archaeology, Art, and Ethnogenesis in Mesoamerican Prehistory: Papers in Honor of Gareth W. Lowe, Lynneth S. Lowe and Mary E. Pye, eds., pp. 209-227.  Papers of the New World Archaeological Foundation 68. Brigham Young University, Provo.
2007    Cerro Sagrados Olmecas: Montañas en la Cosmovisión Mesoamericana.  Arqueologia Mexicana 87, pp. 30-35. México.           

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