Carly Pope


B.A. Archaeology, Princeton University 

M.A. Archaeology, University College London

Areas of Interest

Pottery of Central America


Carly Pope was born and raised in Atlanta, GA. She earned her BA, with honors, in art and archaeology from Princeton University in 2016. Her senior thesis, on the topic of early pottery in Latin America, received the Frederick Barnard White thesis award. She presented her research at the annual meetings of both the Archaeological Institute of America and the Society for American Archaeology. She continued her education at the University College London, where she obtained a MA in archaeology, with distinction. For her masters thesis she worked with Elizabeth Graham and Patrick Quinn to perform an analysis of the pottery used in salt processing by the Maya of coastal Belize. While there, she presented at the Graduate Archaeology at Oxford conference, the Society for American Archaeology (twice), and organized a masters research conference at the University College London. While her research focuses on the pottery of Central America, Carly has also participated in excavations at a Byzantine and Roman port in Thrace, Greece, at a Medieval pilgrims cemetery in the Basque area of Spain, at a Middle Kingdom amethyst mine in the Eastern Desert near of Aswan, Egypt, and at a Maya town site in Yucatan, Mexico. Carly is looking forward to working with Tom Wake on the pottery from Bocas del Torro, Panama, and address questions concerning economic structures and exchange in the Pre-Colombian Caribbean.