Events and Announcements

February 10, 2016

February 10, 2016 - 8 pm:  IMS Explorer Session: An Intro to the Maya series:

Jungle Builders: Learning the Basics of Maya Architecture,

with IMS President Eric T. Slazyk (ETS), AIA, NCARB, LEED AP BD+C.


Though settlements and small cities found in Mesoamerica date to about 1,500 BCE, around 600 BCE, an incredible city rose from the deep jungles in the northwest area of Guatemala that, to this date, is considered the first of many to come. El Mirador, with pyramids between 20-30 meters high, has been called the “cradle of Maya civilization”. For the next 2300 years, as cities bloomed all over Guatemala, Mexico, Honduras, Belize and El Salvador, each area and time period developed their own building style, using the materials accessible to each. The Puuc, Peten, Río Bec, and Chenes styles, among others, are now symbolic of buildings and cities that, though in ruins, continue to impress for their beauty and grandeur.


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February 17, 2016 - The Hidden Dead

February 17, 2016 - 8 pm:  IMS Presentation:

The Hidden Dead: Discerning the Nature of Classic Period Maya Mortuary Cave Ritual in Central Belize,

with Dr. Gabriel Wrobel, Associate Professor of Anthropology at Michigan State University and currently Codirector of Central Belize Archaeological Survey Project.


Mortuary practices among ancient Maya groups from Central Belize during the Classic period appear to have been largely focused on the abundant caves and rock shelters dotting the karstic landscape. While use of subterranean spaces to house the dead is documented throughout Mesoamerica and beyond, the river valleys of central Belize appear to have an unusually high concentration and wide variety of mortuary caves. However, despite a recent explosion of cave archaeology in the Maya region, there is currently no consensus about the meaning of mortuary cave ritual. Indeed, ethnohistoric documents describe a multitude of mortuary rituals associated with caves, and the variety and complexity of these contexts further complicates interpretation.


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President's Message 2016

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Message from the President

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Tulane Maya Symposium

13th Annual

Tulane Maya Symposium:

Ixiktaak: Ancient Maya Woman

March 3-6, 2016


The Middle American Research Institute and the Stone Center for Latin American Studies are proud to present the Thirteenth Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop. This year’s symposium, titled “Ixiktaak: Ancient Maya Women”, will focus on the significance of women in ancient Maya society. The invited scholars have explored this topic from different disciplinary perspectives, including archaeology, iconography, physical anthropology, and epigraphy.




Maya at the Lago 2016

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Mark your calendar the next Maya at the Lago takes place on April 28 - May 1, 2016 at Davidson Day School in Davidson, North Carolina.

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Masterpieces of the Peabody

Harvard University's Peabody Museum has a new online exhibition called "Masterpieces of the Peabody Museum"  Based on a former gallery exhibition, the online exhibition groups selected objects by their geographic origins. The ten artifacts in the "Masterpieces from Mesoamerica" include gold items from Panama, Maya Jade, a Maya wall panel, a vessel from the Puuc region, a carved Peccary Skull from Copan and a Holmul polychrome. Descriptions for the exhibit were written by scholars including Ian Graham, Tatiana Proskouriakoff and Gordon R. Wiley. The Mesoamerica page for the exhibition can be found here.

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thumb APMaudslay_001Pioneers in Maya Archaeology

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

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