June 9, 2012 George Stuart, PhD: "The Education of an Archaeologist: 60 Years of Adventure and Discovery"

    George Stuart gave an anecdotal illustrated personal account of his life in archaeology, which he began as an archaeological field assistant at the Mulberry site in South Carolina on June 9, 1952. He covered his work at the Maya sites of Dzibilchaltun and Balankanche Cave in Yucatan, Naj Tunich, and Rio in Guatemala, and Coba, in Quintana Roo, but also touched upon his role in major discoveries at Etowah, Georgia, all illustrated with National Geographic photos. Dr. Stuart has also lectured extensively on the archaeology, hieroglyphic writing, and art history of the Maya - and on Southeastern North America. His writings, both academic and popular, include The Mysterious Maya, Lost Kingdoms of the Maya, and Ancient Pioneers: the First Americans. His most recent book, Palenque: Eternal City of the Maya, was co-authored with his son David Stuart, the Linda and David Schele Professor of Ancient Mesoamerican Art and Writing at the University of Texas, Austin. During his 38 years with the National Geographic Society, Dr. Stuart served as Senior Archaeology Editor of the National Geographic Magazine. As Chairman of the Committee for Research and Exploration, he oversaw the granting of more than four million dollars a year for scientific fieldwork from archaeology to zoology.
    Stuart received his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1975. In 1984 he founded the Center for Maya Research, now the Boundary End Archaeology Research Center, an organization to promote research related to the archaeology, art, and writing systems of ancient America, where he is President and Editor-in-Chief of its scholarly journals, Research Reports on Ancient Maya Writing and Ancient America. Stuart serves as a trustee of Warren Wilson College, Swannanoa, North Carolina. He was a trustee of the North Carolina Humanities Council, and adviser to the Jamestown Rediscovery project of the Association for the Preservation of Virginia Antiquities.
    George Stuart has received many awards, among them the Tatiana Proskouriakoff Award from Harvard University; two presidential awards from the Society for American Archaeology for his work in public education; the Orden del Pop, Order of the Royal Mat, from Francisco Marroquin University, Guatemala, for his contributions to the archaeology of that nation; and the honorary title of Edutsi', "Teacher" in Cherokee, for his 12 years of work in close collaboration with the Lak'ech Native American study group in Pleasant Valley State Prison, Coalinga, California. In 2011, he was given the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Maya at the Playa Conference.

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