Brett A. Houk is an associate professor of archaeology at Texas Tech University in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Social Work. He earned MA and PhD degrees in anthropology from The University of Texas at Austin. Houk has over 25 years of experience investigating the ancient Maya ruins and landscapes of northwestern Belize, most notably at the sites of Dos Hombres, La Milpa, and Chan Chich.
He is currently the director of the Chan Chich Archaeological Project and its regional component, the Belize Estates Archaeological Survey Team. He is the author of Ancient Maya Cities of the Eastern Lowlands(2015) and co-editor of Ritual, Violence, and Fall of the Classic Maya Kings(2016), both published by University Press of Florida, and his research focuses on ancient urban planning and the Classic Maya collapse.