Pioneers in Maya Archaeology

 

Pioneers in Maya Archaeology

 

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Alfred Marston Tozzer: 1877 – 1954

Submitted by Keith Merwin

Alfred Tozzer taught Anthropology at Harvard University from 1904 until his retirement in 1948. Many of his students entered the Maya field based on his enthusiasm. A well known 1940 collection of essays “The Maya and Their Neighbors” had five editors and 34 contributors, mostly his past students, and is dedicated to Tozzer.

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Pioneers in Maya Archaeology

 

thumb REMerwin 001Raymond Merwin: 1881 - 1928

Submitted by Keith Merwin

Most students of Mesoamerican archaeology would not recognize the name Raymond Merwin. But his work provided a number of firsts in the field. The site he is most identified with Holmul, Guatemala is often shown on maps of sites in the Peten. His excavation work there in 1910 and 1911 was the first stratigraphical study of a Maya ruin and produced the first ceramic sequence. Merwin located the famous twin tower structure at Rio Bec. At Lubaantun he found three round carved stones that he called ball court markers, the first such reference. Yet because of a long illness and early death little about his work was published and he is all but unknown.

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