Arlen F. Chase

Arlen F. Chase (born 1953) is a Mesoamerican archaeologist and Departmental Chair at the University of Central Florida, noted for his work on exploring traces of Mayan civilization using LIDAR. Chase’s took his BA and PhD in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania, and then worked in the University of Pennsylvania's anthropology department. His fieldwork began with Mesoamerican excavations at Holmul and Orange Walk, Belize with the Santa Rita Corozal project, Belize, followed by excavations at Tikal, Copan, Grasshopper Pueblo and Quintana Roo. Chase moved to the University of Central Florida in 1984. He helped to transform it into one of the top American universities in the study of the Southern Lowland Maya. He and his wife Dr. Diane Zaino Chase have together published many peer reviewed articles and books on the subjects of hieroglyphics, settlement patterns, urbanism and ceramic studies of the Maya. Since 1984, Chase has conducted many excavations in the Petén region of Belize. From 1985 he has been Co-director of the Maya urban complex of Caracol.

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