Current Staff Members
Dr. Helen R. Haines
Dr. Haines is currently Senior Lectuer at Trent University, and a Research Associate at the Trent University Archaeological Research Centre (TUARC). She obtained her Ph.D. from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, England, in 2000, where her dissertation focused on the socio-political and economic importance of obsidian in ancient Maya society. She founded the Ka'kabish Archaeological Research Project (KARP) in 2007, after visiting the site in 2006 to assess the logistics of working in the region. She was part of the original MRP team of archaeologists that mapped the site in 1995. Helen has several publications out, including a recent co-edited book Adventures in Eating from the University of Colorado Press. She is always happy to give a tour of Ka'Kabish, and equally happy to discuss the site and the work over a good G&T in the Lamanai Outpost lounge.
Dr. Kerry L. Sagebiel
Laboratory Director & Ceramic Analyst
Dr. Sagebiel earned her B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Arizona. Her dissertation was an analysis of the ceramics from the site of La Milpa, Belize. She has been a ceramic analyst and laboratory director for several projects in Belize and Guatemala. After a number of years working in cultural resource management in the Southwest United States, she is looking forward to continuing research in the Maya lowlands.
Dr. Chen Shen
Consulting Lithic Analyst
Dr. Chen is a Vice-President at the Royal Ontario Museum where he is in charge of the Department of World Cultures. He is also a Senior Curator at the Museum, and holds the Bishop White Chair in East Asian Archaeology. Although currently his research focuses on human origins and lithic technology development in East Asia, he also is well versed in lithic studies in the New World. Dr. Shen joins the project this year to assist with the study and cataloging of the lithic material from the site. With his assistance we hope to determine if stone tool production was occurring at the site or nearby, and to identify tools suitable for more in-depth use-wear analysis that might shed more light on the quotidian activities of the city.
Consulting Archaeologist and Architect
Mr. Belanger is an expert archaeologist and has a long history of working in Belize. He also is a member of the Lamanai Archaeology Project, having worked with David Pendergast, at Lamanai as part of the original Royal Ontario Museum excavations in the 1980s. He continues to work at Lamanai with Dr. Elizabeth Graham, and assists us at Ka'kabish with our more puzzling architectural problems.