John Walden is a doctoral candidate in anthropology at the University of Pittsburgh. He holds undergraduate and master’s degrees in archaeology from the University of Manchester. He is interested in the comparative archaeology of ancient complex societies, socio-political change, political dynamics, social inequalities, subsistence patterns and societal collapse. John has previously worked in the Andes, Turkey and the UK. Currently, John is conducting his dissertation research in Belize, focusing on the social, political, economic and religious ramifications of the emergence of a Classic Maya polity on pre-existing elite and commoner populations. In pursuit of a more holistic perspective on Maya polities, John’s fieldwork comprises an array of methodological approaches including survey, household archaeology, cave archaeology and the excavation of monumental architecture.