Next Meeting of the Pre-Columbian Society
Saturday March 10, 2018 Thomas H. Guderjan, PhD,
Chair of the Department of Social Sciences at University of
Texas at Tyler and the Center for Social Science Research,
director of the Maya Research Program annual field project
morning LiDAR workshop: 10:15 am to 12:30 pm in Room 345:
LiDAR has become widely known for its ability to discover ancient
landscape modifications in the lowland Maya area. This
workshop will review some of the recent results of LiDAR studies
throughout the area. More importantly, this will be the first.
Public “reveal” of some of the results of the survey undertaken in
2016 and partially ground-truthed in 2017 by the Blue Creek
Archaeological Project and the Northwest Belize LiDAR
Consortium. The new features found in that study have
implications for our understanding of Maya land tenure and
settlement patterns, our understanding of the scale of agricultural
production and intensification and, of course, aided in the
discovery of new pyramid-plaza complexes.
afternoon talk at 1:30 pm in Room 345: "Research themes in the
archaeology of northern Belize"
Maya Research Program
(MRP) is a consortium of scholars from several universities,
disciplines and countries. For 26 years, MRP has sponsored
archaeological studies of northwestern Belize. During this
time, the project has developed multiple approaches to the
study of the ancient Maya. MRP seeks to better understand
Maya cities, landscape, use of resources, the scale and
importance of agricultural production and many other topics.
In this discussion many of the research themes and some of
the contributions of the project will be discussed.
Tom Guderjan is an
archaeologist with research themes that include agricultural
production, trade and urban organization of the ancient Maya. He
has directed Maya Research Program’s annual field project in
Belize that trains more than 100 students annually and has for
more than 25 years. He is the chair of the Department
of Social Sciences at University of Texas at Tyler and
directs the Center for Social Science Research. He
has authored or co-authored several books and more than 100
published articles and book chapters. Recent Books:
Nature of Things: Prehistoric to Contemporary Commodities in the
Maya Region, co-edited with Jennifer Mathews. University of
Arizona Press, 2017.
Ancient Maya City of Blue Creek, Belize: Wealth, Social
Organization and Ritual. BAR Press, Oxford, 2016.
Nature of an Ancient Maya City: Resources, Interaction and Power
at Blue Creek, Belize. University of Alabama Press,
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