Events and Announcements

November 12 2014 Presentation

Eventa 01"Costa Rica and Its Connections to Mesoamerican Archaeology”
with Dr. Anne Stewart


Costa Rica is not only a land between two oceans, it is also a land between two continents. Moreover, it is not considered part of what scholars call Mesoamerica, to the north, nor the Andean civilizations to the south. While it recevied its metal technology from the south, much of its ceramic motifs as well as jade arrived from the north via migrants from various parts of Mesoamerica.

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November 19 2014 Presentation

“The IMS Stelae.”
Keith Merwin, Webmaster for the Institute of Maya Studies.

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In 1971, Ian Graham (shown below on the right) was shown a picture of a stela that was for sale in California. He soon recognized the piece as one he had discovered in 1962, while working at the site of Machaquila in Guatemala. With Graham's help, the Guatemala government was able to recover Machaquila's Stela 2 (shown below on the left).

In March of 1972, the very first IMS newsletter reported that Board Members had negotiated with Guatemala the loan, for the first time ever to another country, of the Machaquila stela to IMS and the Miami Museum of Science. 

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Edward B, Kurjack (1938-2014)


photo Ed KGoodbye to Edward Kurjack

Antonio Benavides

The sad news arrived in an unexpected e-mail Sunday morning. Memories came back as if moved by several springs. I met him for the first time at the end of the 1970s, introduced to the young archaeologists then working at Merida, at the Centro Regional del Sureste, by Norberto Gonzalez, INAH´s regional dynamic director.

Ed, who died in Melbourne, Fla., on August 2, was a good teacher, ready to hear your ideas, eager to help whenever you wanted. He showed us how to use the Geoceiver, in those days his favorite toy to precisely register new Maya settlements here and there. That was hard work: the apparatus was really heavy – at least two persons were needed to move it – not counting the car battery used to give it energy. That did not stop Ed; he lent his own Jeep, aptly, the Renegade.

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Tulum iOS app

Tulum Be Your Own Guide app iphone FrontTulum – Be Your Own guide is an app for iPhone or iPad that provides directions to and information on items of interest at the site of Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico. It is designed to guide you around the site during a visit. When used onsite, the app uses your device's GPS to direct you to specific structures and other features around the site. No Wi-Fi or cellular data is used, so no need to worry about large data bills. Read on to find out why I think you should spend $0.99 for this app even if you don't plan on visiting Tulum any time soon.

by Keith Merwin, IMS Webmaster

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Old Newsletters Available

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The Scribes of  the Institute of Maya Studies are working to make old issues of IMS' newsletters available to members. They have started with the very first issue: Volume 1 Number 1, April 1972. As issues are scanned,  they will be available to members in the "Members Only" area of the website. Login and download issues from 1972 through 1975. Issues from 2008 through the current issue are also available. We are hoping to have all issues of our 40-year-plus organization up for reading in the not-so-distant fugure.  This is one of the advantages of being a member. If you are not a Member go HERE to join today!

Membership Drive

The Institute of Maya Studies is having a Membership Drive! If you are not a member take a look at Benefits of IMS Membership. If you are a member please let others know about the Institute!



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Biographical sketches of men and women who did much of the early defining
work in Maya studies.

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