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.
Many of the programs had an emphasis on the Puuc area of the Yucatan. Stanley Guenter spoke about the lost queen of Coba; Mark Zender went over hieroglyphs of northern Yucatan. Saturday's presentations were all on the Bolonchen Archaeological Project. Project Directors George Bey of Millsaps College; Bill Ringle of Davidson College and Tomas Gallareta Negron of INAH-Yucatan made presentations. Tomas Gallareta Cervera, son of Tomas Gallareta Negron and also an archaeologist, spoke on the site of Kiuic. Stephanie Simms reported on work being done at a hill top site known as Escalara al Cierlo or the Stairway to Heaven. Andrew Willis explained the project’s research into 3-D scanning of Maya structures.
Programs involving other areas included Jaime Awe from Belize; Mark Van Stone, who discussed texts on ceramics; James O’Kon, on Maya technology, and Char Solomon, who spoke about Tatiana Proskouriakoff and her work.
Saunders said that he will continue with AFAR’s work in Belize and gave an update of the proposed group of students participating this year: 43 students, including 9 from schools other than Davidson Day School.
The conference closed on Sunday with Jamie Awe’s second presentation and Rafael Guerra of the University of New Mexico speaking on Heritage Management in Belize.
Mat announced that that the Fourth Maya at the Lago will be April 10–13, 2014, so I suggest you mark your calendars.