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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.

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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

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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.
 

Intermediación y Dominación: Los Mayas y La Reproducción de las Jerarquías Socio-Raciales en Guatemala

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Intermediación y Dominación: Los Mayas y La Reproducción de las Jerarquías Socio-Raciales en Guatemala

Lunes 4 de Marzo
12:00PM
SRH 1.313 (Hackett Room)

Maya Expert: The 'End Of Times' Is Our Idea, Not The Ancients'

Maya Expert: The 'End Of Times' Is Our Idea, Not The Ancients' is the NPR interview that features Dr. David Stuart. The interview aired on Thursday's Morning Edition. David Greene asks archaeologist Stuart, who helped translate influential ancient Mayan hieroglyphs in 1996, if he thinks the world will end on Dec. 21.

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KUT Austin News features David Stuart

It’s the End of the World as We Know It (Supposedly) And This UT Professor David Stuart Feels (Mostly) Fine. Prof Stuart is featured on KUT News with Nathan Bernier discussing the Maya Calendar.

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Mayan Cosmology

On December 17, WBUR Boston's NPR's station radio show "On Point" with Tom Ashbrook featured a show about Maya Cosmology.  The show had two prominent invited guests: Prof. William Saturno, from Boston University and Edwin Román, University of Texas at Austin Ph.D candidate and native Guatemalan archeologist. Listen to the podcast that debunks the real cosmology of the ancient Maya versus pop culture’s “Mayan apocalypse.”

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