In Memoriam: Andrea Joyce Stone

We are deeply saddened by the passing of Andrea Joyce Stone, Professor Emerita at the University of Wisconsin at Milwaukee. Andrea received her doctorate in the University of Texas’s Department of Art and Art History in 1983 under the tutelage of Linda Schele. She leaves a remarkable legacy in Pre-Columbian art history and in the field of Maya studies.

Blanton Museum Exhibition: Between Mountains and Sea

The Blanton Museum of Art, in partnership with the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Texas at Austin, presents a special selection of objects that illuminate the lifestyle, technological achievements, and ideology of pre-Inka cultures among the coastal Andes of South America. Between Mountains and Sea: Arts of the Ancient Andes features 80 extraordinary works from the University’s collections, ranging from intricately woven textiles to painted ceramic vessels and modeled effigies. Through a dynamic presentation that integrates art historical and anthropological contexts, the exhibition traces the artistic development of the ancient Paracas, Nasca, Wari, Moche, Chancay, Sicán, and Chimú cultures from the Early Horizon (900–200 BCE) through the Late Horizon (1470–1532 CE) periods.

The exhibition has been named a "must see" for Spring 2014 by ART NEWS.

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Shrine to God of Death Found at Tehuacan, Puebla

Mictlantecuhtli temple

The only shrine ever found dedicated to Mictlantecuhtli, the god of death, has been discovered near the site of Tehuacan.

Archaeologists from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History have called the fifteenth-century structure, built by the Popoloca people, the Temple of Skulls because on the west and north walls, they found two niches containing four femurs each and human skulls held in place with stucco. Traces of red paint on the mouth of one of the skulls resembles an image of Mictlantecuhtli in the Codex Borgia, and two ceramic heads and an effigy of the god of the dead were found on top of the temple. Remains of human sacrifices were also recovered.

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Unique Ancient Mural found in La Blanca Archaeological Site

La Blanca Fresco discovered

Guatemalan and Spanish archaeologists have discovered the earliest Mayan mural fresco in northern Guatemala, near the Mexican border.

The mural is executed in the painting technique called 'fresco' which involves painting on a freshly laid lime plaster coat before it has dried said Cristina Vidal, Scientific Director of the archaeological site La Blanca, where the painting was discovered.

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Julia Guernsey named grand prize winner of 2013 Hamilton Book Awards

Dr. Julia Guernsey

The Mesomerica Center congratulates Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Art and Art History Dr. Julia E. Guernsey on winning the prestigious University Co-Op Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards for her work “Sculpture and Social Dynamics in Preclassic Mesoamerica".

The Hamilton Awards are among the highest honors of literary achievement given to published authors at The University of Texas at Austin.

"I am thrilled by this honor, and delighted to share this research recognition with two other colleagues from the College of Fine Arts," Guersey said. "It was a great year for COFA, and a wonderful testament to the quality and diversity of research that takes place within our college."

Maya Frieze Discovered in Holmul

Maya Frieze

A new Maya Frieze was discovered in Holmul. “The enormous frieze—which measures 26 feet by nearly 7 feet (8 meters by 2 meters)—depicts human figures in a mythological setting, suggesting these may be deified rulers. It was discovered in July in the buried foundations of a rectangular pyramid in Holmul.” explains Estrada -Belli. Maya archaeologist Francisco Estrada-Belli and his team were excavating a tunnel left open by looters when they happened upon the frieze. "The looters had come close to it, but they hadn't seen it," Estrada-Belli said.

The ancient Maya meet the modern Internet

David Stuart

Researchers began decoding the glyphic language of the ancient Maya long ago, but the Internet is helping them finish the job and write the history of this enigmatic Mesoamerican civilization. COFA's David Stuart started a blog for scholars and amateurs.

Read the article on The Washington Post about Dr. David Stuart's blog

John Kerry attends event at UT Austin Mesoamerica Center in Guatemala

ANTIGUA, Guatemala — Secretary of State John Kerry attended an event hosted by the U.S. Embassy that included University of Texas at Austin faculty members and students earlier today at Casa Herrera, an extension of UT Austin’s Mesoamerica Center.

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Kerry was accompanied by members of the U.S. Embassy and representatives from UT Austin including Jack Risley, chairman of the Department of Art and Art History; David Stuart, director of the Mesoamerica Center and a professor of art history; and students studying abroad at Casa Herrera from the university’s College of Education. His visit was attended by international media.




A day in the life of a Study Abroad student

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Have you ever wonder what a day in the life of study abroad student in our Spring Program looks like?

What does a typical day look like? 

Here is the first video of the series featuring Jacob and Mary Catherine, Spring 2013 Study Abroad Program in Guatemala at Casa Herrera.

Mesoamerica Faculty, Students and Casa Herrera Fellows presenting at the XXVII Simposio de Investigaciones Arqueológicas Guatemala

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The Mesoamerica Center is proud to announce the following faculty, students and Casa Herrera Fellows who are presenting papers at the XXVII Simposio de Investigaciones Arqueológicas Guatemala.