Robert Sharer

Robert J. Sharer (1940–2012)[1] was an American archaeologist, academic and Mayanist researcher. He was known for his archaeological investigations at a number of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican sites conducted over a career spanning four decades, and for his archaeological reports, theorizing, and writings in his field of specialty, the ancient Maya civilization. Sharer has been a lecturer and professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Department of Anthropology for more than 30 years,[2] and as of 2008 occupied the endowed chair of Sally and Alvin V. Shoemaker Professor in Anthropology, an appointment held since 1995.[3] He also had an extensive association with Penn's University Museum of archaeology and anthropology, where from 1987 to 2009 he was the curator-in-charge of the Museum's American collection and research section.[4] He died on September 20, 2012.[5]


  1. Date information sourced from Library of Congress Authorities data, via corresponding WorldCat Identities linked authority file (LAF).
  2. Penn Museum (2007)
  3. Effective from July 1, 1995. See "Faculty Appointment and Promotion Report, from March 16 to April 13, 1995" (PDF). University of Pennsylvania. 1995. Retrieved 2008-08-01.
  4. Penn Museum (2007)
  5. In Memorian: Robert J. Sharer. Mesoweb Reports.


Penn Museum (2007). "Robert J. Sharer". Research: American Section. University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. Retrieved 2008-08-01.
"American Academy of Arts and Sciences Welcomes Two SAS Professors" (Press release). SAS (School of Arts and Sciences). May 7, 2004. Retrieved 2008-08-01.
Sharer, Robert J. (June 1974). "The Prehistory of the Southeastern Maya Periphery". Current Anthropology. Chicago, Illinois: University of Chicago Press, sponsored by Wenner-Gren Foundation for Anthropological Research. 15 (2): 165–187. doi:10.1086/201454. OCLC 62217742.

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