Chuck Spencer

Growing up in Panama, Chuck was interested in old ruins, Spanish forts, and archaeological sites. In college, he worked on a dig in Oaxaca, Mexico, and was inspired to study ancient American cultures. Archaeology has taken Chuck from the grasslands of Venezuela to the mountain valleys of Oaxaca. His research has focused on small village societies and the capitals of the first civilizations to form in Mesoamerica.

Image credits: courtesy of AMNH; Chuck Spencer: courtesy of AMNH.