Next Meeting of the Pre-Columbian Society
Saturday November 10, 2018 at 4 pm (note different time) in
Penn Museum Room 345: Marcello Canuto, PhD, Tulane
University: "Ancient Lowland Maya Complexity as Revealed by Lidar
Survey in the Peten: Implications for a New Kaanul Dynasty
Altar at La Corona"
Researchers around the globe are reporting new and amazing
discoveries uncovered using lidar (Light Imaging, Detecting and
Ranging), a technique that uses a pulsed laser beam to penetrate
overlying vegetation and create a three-dimensional map of the
underlying surface. Marcello A. Canuto, director of the Middle
American Research Institute at Tulane University and his colleagues
say the discovery in the Petén forest of Guatemala includes more
than 60,000 structures, including isolated houses, large palaces,
ceremonial centers and pyramids. Dr. Canuto will discuss his latest
research using lidar in the Maya area. He will discuss how this new
information impacts our understanding of Classic Maya political
organization, especially in relation to a recently discovered altar
from the site of La Corona in Guatemala. The altar stone identifies
a previously unknown king of La Corona—Chak Took Ich'aak—and
indicates that the site had close ties with Dzibanche, capital of
the Kaanul kingdom, and with the nearby city of El Perú-Waka’.
Refreshments will be served at 3 pm, rather than after the talk.
Marcello Canuto is a Professor of Anthropology and director of
the Middle American Research Institute at Tulane University and
co-director of the La Coronal Regional Archaeological Project
(PRALC). He received his BA degree from Harvard University in
1991 and his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 2002.
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