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Preliminary Notes on Two Recently Discovered Inscriptions from La Corona, Guatemala

La Corona Element

Archaeologists with the La Corona Regional Archaeological Project in Guatemala announced significant hieroglyphic finds during a press conference at the National Palace in Guatemala City.  Dr. David Stuart is La Corona Project main epigrapher, where the maya monument was unearth. Read Dr. Stuart article on the findings.

Notes on the recently discovered inscriptions in Guatemala.

Casa Herrera Summer Programs Update

Study Abroad 2015 students

This summer, Casa Herrera has had the privilege of hosting various academic events, public activities, and student groups! From Study Abroad Program sessions to Mayan Language Institute and archaeological lectures, it's been a summer of great activities at Casa Herrera!

New releases from UT Press

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Summer is sizzling! Check out the new and upcoming releases from The University of Texas Press. Great books to make summer a breeze!

 

 

New Archaeological Discoveries in Guatemala

David Stuart on the field

In May Prof. David Stuart conducted fieldwork at two archaeological sites in northern Guatemala, helping to document important Maya monuments and sculptures discovered by colleagues from Tulane University.

New Publication Initiative at the Mesoamerican Center

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The Mesoamerica Center is excited to be involved in the production of two important monograph series in the fields of ancient American archaeology and art history, Ancient America and Research Reports on Ancient Maya Writing. Both publications have a long and venerable history in Mesoamerican studies, and have been the source of a number of path-breaking works over the past three decades. Appearing this summer is Ancient America 13, The Fall of the Great Celestial Bird: A Master Myth in Early Classic Central Mexico by Jesper Nielsen and Christophe Helmke, both of the University of Copenhagen. 

 

Holy week Art Program

Student pose in front of alfombra

During the 2015 Spring semester, Professor Jason Urban and Leslie Mutchler accompanied a small group of students from the Department of Art and Art History to take part in Semana Santa by designing and creating an eight by twenty-foot Alfombra, or sawdust carpet for the Holy Week processions.

Throughout this ten-day trip, anchored at Casa Herrera, students heard lectures about Semana Santa, the culture and customs of Guatemala, took field-trips to a textile factory, the Capuchinas Convent, and San Juan Comalapa to see hand-painted murals. This time spent together, away from home and typical American creature comforts allowed our students to form long-lasting friendships and gain valuable cultural perspective.

New Fire: University of Texas at Austin's Blog on Mesoamerica News and Research

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New Fire is a blog produced by The Mesoamerica Center on current Mesoamerican art and archaeology. This blog will present current archaeology news, projects by graduate students at UT-Austin, and information about resources and projects at the Mesoamerican Center.

The editors of this blog include Elliot Lopez-Finn and Stephanie Strauss, as well as other contributing members of MaGSA, the organization of students at UT-Austin that study Pre-Columbian culture.

Travel Report: Within Tikal's Reach

Dr. Astrid Runggaldier on the field
 

This summer a small team, led by Dr. Astrid Runggaldier, set out on a Mesoamerica Center expedition. The group visited several sites in the Tikal region and wanted to locate the settlement of El Zapote, first reported by Ian Graham in 1974.

This pilot study was funded by a research grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation through UT’s Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies. Its aims were to ground-check the best location and potential for developing a long-term project, provide training and research opportunities for graduate students, and enrich undergraduate courses at UT with original research.

This region has contributed important recent discoveries and developments in Preclassic and Early Classic studies as well as demonstrates the interaction between Maya and Central Mexican peoples.

Dr. Julia Guernsey wins Outstanding Teaching Award

Dr. Julia Guernsey
The Mesoamerica Center congratulates Dr. Julia Guernsey, affiliated faculty of our center, for the Outstanding Teaching Award. The award's program is one of the nation’s largest monetary teaching recognition programs in higher education, honoring outstanding performance in the classroom and dedication to innovation in undergraduate instruction.