Events and Announcements
with Janet Miess
Have you ever wondered how archaeologists uncover secrets from the past? In Archaeology 101, we will discuss the types of excavations that are currently taking place in the United States, and the differences between archaeology in the U.S. and other countries.
We will look at a typical day in the field and learn about setting up an excavation, tools that are used, note taking, drawing, lab work and some of the hazards of fieldwork.
by Lee Jones
(The following is an article in the April 2013 IMS Explorer)
Maya enthusiasts have had to attach themselves to scholars or experienced guides, or else they roam the Maya area lost and unable to appreciate the full passion of that magical ancient kingdom. Fortunately, this ruinhunter spent nine years of mini-field seasons with Ian Graham, then Director of the Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions Project of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Harvard University in Cambridge. Usually in mid-December, he would call me from his office in the museum in Cambridge, just before going to England for Christmas times, and request my presence at a certain place and at a certain time, usually in the following February, to which I always “gulped”, and then agreeably agreed.
Davidson Day School, Davidson, North Carolina
The 3rd annual Maya at the Lago conference was held from April 18th through April 21st 2013. DIRECTOR MAT SAUNDERS, AFAR AND DAVIDSON DAYSCHOOL put on an enjoyable and informative conference attended by scholars and amateurs covering a wide variety of subjects. The Maya at the Lago Lifetime Achievement Award was given to Robert J. Sharer, the well-known archaeologist who passed away in 2012. George Stuart spoke of the work done by Sharer during the award ceremony.
Have you had enough with the stories of Doomsday as predicted by the Maya? Is your brain saturated with auguries presumably written by the Maya centuries ago on the end of the world? Were you at least a little apprehensive about December 21, 2012 and the possibility of life-ending solar flares and natural disasters?
If you’re reading this, you’re still around. Perhaps you’re ready to hear what the Ancient Maya were all about: where they came from; where they settled; what they wrote; what they knew about the stars; what they built; how they ruled.