K. Anne Pyburn is Professor of Anthropology at Indiana University. She is the Director the Center for Archaeology in the Public Interest at Indiana University. She is Vice President-elect of the World Archaeological Congress. She also directs "Community Cultural Resource Management for the Silk Road " a Project, funded by Intellectual Property Issues in Cultural Heritage (IPinCH) initiative, is Senior editor of the One World Archaeology Series and former co-editor of Archaeologies: the Journal of the World Archaeological Congress.
Pyburn was PI on the Chau Hiix Project investigating the political economy of an ancient Maya community; her research was been invited and facilitated by the residents of Crooked Tree Village and the Institute of Archeology of Belize. At their behest, the Chau Hiix Project promotes respect for the past and present accomplishments of the Maya as an underpinning to education, public outreach, and economic development.
Pyburn was also the director of the MATRIX Project (Making Archaeology Teaching Relevant in the XXI Century), which provided a new archaeology curriculum for the United States, supported the National Science Foundation and the Society for American Archaeology.
She is the author of Ungendering Civilization: Reinterpreting the Archaeological Record, 2004 (Routledge: London). Recent publications include Pomp and Circumstance: Cities in a Maya Landscape. In the Ancient City: Perspectives from the Old and New World, Chapter 13, pp 247-272. National Academy of Sciences, Washington, D.C. and SchooI of American Research, Santa Fe, NM. Joyce Marcus and Jeremy Sabloff, eds. (2008).
She writes about the archaeology of gender, settlement patterns, cities, social distinctions, and the ancient Maya; and about ethics, community involvement and public education in archaeological research.