Annabeth Headrick at Chichen Itza

Annabeth Headrick

Associate Professor; Director, School of Art & Art History

Art History—Precolumbian

What I do

Director, School of Art and Art History<br>Associate Professor of Precolumbian Art


Mesoamerican Art, Andean Art, Native American Art,<br>Ancient American Art, Iconographic Analysis, Socio-political structures of the Ancient Americas

Professional Biography

Annabeth Headrick specializes in the art of Ancient American cultures of North, Central, and South America. Her courses include Art of the Maya, Mesoamerican Art, Native North American Art, and Art of the Andes. She also teaches seminars on gender, ceramics, and the codices in the Ancient Americas as well as courses on contemporary Native North American art and art and the environment. Her research and her courses incorporate art, architecture, anthropology, and archaeology in a synthetic and comprehensive way. She is the author of The Teotihuacan Trinity: the Sociopolitical Structure of an Ancient Mesoamerican City and her other publications consider ancestors, deities, and ritual in Mesoamerica. Her current work continues with issues surrounding Teotihuacan as well as the city of Chichén Itzá.


  • Ph.D., Art History, The University of Texas, Austin, 1996
  • MA, Art History, University of Texas, Austin, 1991
  • BA, History and Political Science, Colorado College, 1985

Professional Affiliations

  • College Art Association
  • Society for American Archaeology
  • Association for Latin American Art

Featured Publications

Headrick, A. (2007). The Teotihuacan Trinity: The Sociopolitical Structure of an Ancient Mesoamerican City. Austin, TX: University of Texas Press.
Headrick, A. (2018). The Osario of Chichen Itza: Where Warriors Danced in Paradise. In L. Wren, K. Spencer, C. Kristan-Graham, & T. Nygard (Eds.), Landscapes of the Itza: Archaeology and Art History at Chichen Itza and Neighboring Sites (pp. 198-225). Gainesville, Florida: University of Florida Press.
Headrick, A. (2003). Butterfly War at Teotihuacan. In M. K. Brown & T. Stanton (Eds.), Ancient Mesoamerican Warfare (pp. 149-170). Walnut Creek, CA: AltaMira Press.
Headrick, A. (1999). The Street of the Dead..It Really Was: Mortuary Bundles at Teotihuacan. Ancient Mesoamerica, 10, 69-85.


Headrick, A. (2018). Out of Clay and into Stone: The Emergence of Warriors at Chichen Itza. 83rd Annual Conference of the Society of American Archaeology. Washington, D.C. : Society for American Archaeology.
Headrick, A. (2017). Gold, Turquoise, and Feathers: How the Merchant-Warriors of Chichen Itza Sported the New Bling. Twenty-Eighth Annual Elizabeth and Lewis K. Land Memorial Lecture. deYoung Museum, San Francisco: Friends of Ethnic Arts.
Headrick, A. (2017). Butterflies Take Wing: Ritual and Symbolism in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica. 82nd Annual Conference of the Society for American Archaeology. Vancouver, Canada: Society for American Archaeology.
Headrick, A. (2017). Quetzalcoatl and His Mountain: the Origins of a Mesoamerican Paradigm for Political Power. International Symposium on the Sociopolitical Organization of Teotihuacan. San Juan Teotihuacan, Mexico.
Headrick, A. (2015). Empire at Chichen Itza Revisited. 80th Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. San Francisco, CA: Society for American Archaeology.


  • Association for Latin American Annual Book Award, Association for Latin American Art