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:
    The Nature of Things: Prehistoric to Contemporary Commodities in the Maya Region, co-edited with Jennifer Mathews. University of Arizona Press, 2017.
    The Ancient Maya City of Blue Creek, Belize: Wealth, Social Organization and Ritual. BAR Press, Oxford, 2016.
    The Nature of an Ancient Maya City: Resources, Interaction and Power at Blue Creek, Belize. University of Alabama Press, Tuscaloosa, 2007.

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