Professor, Department of Anthropology, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Alabama, USA.
Diehl's research focuses on the preColumbian cultures of central Mexico and the Olmec culture of the tropical lowlands of the Mexican Gulf coast. His research includes field projects at Tula, San Lorenzo, Tenochtitlan, Matacapan, Kaminaljuyu, settlement pattern surveys in the Basin of Mexico, and ethnographic research on contemporary settlement patterns in the Basin of Mexico and peasant agriculture in the tropical lowlands of Veracruz. His theoretical and topical interests include the origins of civilizations, preindustrial urbanism, comparative studies of civilization, preColumbian art history, and the history of archaeology. Much of Diehl's professional involvement centers on training graduate students. He particularly tries to involve students in his own research and strongly encourages them to utilize materials from these projects in their theses. He views his professional relationship with students as one of symbiosis in which all parties benefit. His role is that of a mentor who trains students by taking a very active role in their intellectual and scholarly development.
1995. Olmec Archaeology. in The Olmec World: Rulership and Ritual, published by The Art Museum, Princeton University and Harry N. Abrams, Inc., (with Michael D. Coe).
1993. The Toltec Horizon: Old Debates and New Perspectives." In Latin American Horizons, Don Rice, ed. Pp 263-294, Dumbarton Oaks Research Collections, Washington, DC.
1990. The Olmec at La Venta. In Mexico: Splendors of Thirty Centuries. Pp. 51-71, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and Bulfinch Press, Boston.
1989a. Mesoamerica after the Decline of Teotihuacan: A.D 700-900. Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collections, Washington, DC. Co-edited with Janet Catherine Berlo.
1989b. Olmec archaeology: What we know and what we wish we knew. in Regional Perspectives on the Olmec. Robert J. Sharer and David C. Grove, eds. Pp. 17-32. A School of American Research Book. Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, England.
1983. Tula: The Toltec Capital of Ancient Mexico. Thames and Hudson, Ltd., London.
1981a. Olmec Architecture: A Comparison of San Lorenzo and La Venta. In The Olmec and Their Neighbors: Essays in Honor of Matthew W. Stirling, edited by Elizabeth P. Benson, pp. 69-82. Dumbarton Oaks Research Library Collections, Washington, D.C.
1981b. Tula, Hidalgo. Supplement to the Handbook of Middle American Indians: Archaeology, edited by Jeremy Sabloff, pp. 277-295, University of Texas Press.
1980. In the Land of the O mec. 2 volumes. University of Texas Press. (with Michael D. Coe).
1967. Olmec Civilization, Veracruz, Mexico: Dating of the San Lorenzo Phase," Science, Vol. 155, No. 3768, pp. 1399-1400. (with Michael D. Coe and Mintz Stuiver).