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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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Spring 2014 Mesoamerican Visiting Professor

The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies is (LLILAS) will be hosting a Mesoamericanist visiting professor for the Spring 2014 semester: Dr. Raquel Padilla Ramos, Lozano Long Visiting Professor.

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."

The Mesoamerica Center Colloquium Series

The Mesoamerica Center is excited to announce The Mesoamerica Center Colloquium Series. 

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.

Have you check out the UT Press Mesoamerican Studies collection?

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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

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

Pez Playera

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.