GSAS: Career Chat featuring Allan Maca, National Geographic


Tuesday, March 2, 2021, 4:30pm to 5:30pm




Allan Maca, PhD '02 Anthropology, is a social scientist, archaeologist, and historian currently working for TV as a science communicator. He is host of the series “Ancient China from Above” for the National Geographic Channel, which streams on a variety of platforms. Dr. Maca received his PhD in Anthropology from Harvard University and has been a professor at Columbia University and Colgate University. He has led excavations in Central America, Europe, and the Near East and has published articles on his work at the UNESCO World Heritage site of Copan in Honduras. He is the senior editor and author of the book “Prophet, Pariah, and Pioneer: Walter W. Taylor and Dissension in American Archaeology,” published by the University Press of Colorado. Dr. Maca began working in the TV industry after being selected by George Lucas (producer of The Indiana Jones films) as a featured scientist in the only documentary ever made by Lucas about archaeology, called “Unearthing the Past.” Dr. Maca was a cast member of the primetime PBS series, “Time Team America” and has also appeared in numerous series and documentaries for channels such as History, Discovery, Spike TV, and the Science Channel.