- “Climate and Environmental Change in Mayan States: Development and Decline“| October 1, 6:30 PM. Southwest Seminars. Dr. Keith M. Prufer Archaeologist, Mayanist and Associate Professor of Anthropology, Univ. of New Mexico Co-Author (w/W.J. Hurst), ‘Chocolate and the Underworld Space of Death: The Recovery of Intact Cacao from an Early Classic Maya Mortuary Cave’; (w/J.E. Brady), ‘Caves and Crystalmancy: Evidence for the Use of Crystals in Ancient Mayan Religion’; Co-Editor (w/J. E. Brady), Stone Houses and Earth Lords: Maya Religion in the Cave Context; In the Maw of the Earth Monster: Studies of Mesoamerican Ritual Cave Use. Hotel Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico http://www.southwestseminars.org/SWS/Native_Voices_2012.html
- “The Discovery and Decipherment of a Maya Astronomer’s “Notes” at Xultun, Guatemala” | October 3, 8:00 PM. AIA Lecture. David Stuart. Recent excavations at the large Maya city of Xultun have revealed a number of major new discoveries, including a small structure with colorful wall paintings dating to ca. 800 AD. The small unimposing room within the building was evidently used for a time as a workspace for one or more scribes and mathematicians, who wrote many of their astronomical calculations and notes on the painted walls around them. These faint hieroglyphs and numerical tables represent a unique discovery in Mayaarchaeology, revealing many interesting aspects of ancient mathematics and astronomical science. The University of Texas at Austin. Art Building, ART 1.102 http://www.utmesoamerica.org/news/david-stuart-lecture-xultun
- “Death and Sacrifice at Midnight Terror Cave“| October 3, 6:30 PM. AIA Lecture. James Brady. Midnight Terror Cave was named by Mennonites who were called in the middle of the night to rescue a badly injured looter who had fallen from a slippery ledge and plunged into the cave. When the Belizean Institute of Archaeology investigated, they found more human skeletons than had ever been reported from a Maya cave. This led to the cave being featured in Cave of the Headless Corpse on the Discovery Channel’s Bone Detective. Dr. James Brady has just completed a three year investigation of Midnight Terror Cave that documented extensive modifications of the cave by the ancient Maya as well as evidence of a devastating earthquake that in one moment destroyed much of what the Maya had built. Finally, Dr. Brady will discuss an emerging view of human sacrifice among the Maya. Museum of Arts & Culture, Spokane, Washington. http://www.archaeological.org/events/9553
- “First Floridians: First Americans Conference“| October 3-6. First Floridians: First Americans this conference will explore and explain the archeological, anthropological evidence of Paleo-Indian life discovered in Jefferson County. We will seek the participation of scholars and lay archeologists such as Mary Glowacki, Tanya M. Peres, Lee Newsom, Barbara A. Hines, James Dunbar, Kevin Porter and Neil Wallis. We will invite Dr. Andrew Frank to speak on the history of the Seminoles and other historians who will explain the Spanish/Apalachee period that produced our many Mission locations. Accompanying this series of presentation/discussions will be a display and explanation of collected artifacts discovered in the archeological digs and Spanish Mission sites in Jefferson County. A DVD of these presentations with accompanying reading/study list will be invaluable as a resource to Florida teachers and librarians. The video display of artifacts will enhance the record of these presentations and make the information interesting to the general public. A book with edited papers is planned. Phone: 850-576-0721 or E-Mail firstname.lastname@example.org Monticello Opera House,100 W. Washington Street, Monticello, Florida http://www.monticellofloridaarts.com/First_Floridians.html
- “The Deep Prehistory of Indian Gaming: The Perspective from Mesoamerica” | October 4, 7:30 PM. AIA Lecture. Barbara Voorhies. Although it was not until the early 1980s that high stakes Indian Gaming was permitted in the United States, at the time of the arrival of Europeans in North America high stakes gambling was widespread among indigenous peoples. This is particularly well documented in Mesoamerica where 16th century historians describe a variety of games of chance (e.g., dice games) and games of skill (e.g., rubber ball game, bowling, checkers). At least some of these games involved heavy gambling on the part of both players and onlookers. Archaeologists have been able to trace the origins of some of these games back into deep prehistory. In this presentation Dr. Voorhies will present an overview of Mesoamerican games and her recent discovery of a probable scoreboard for a dice game dating back to approximately 2400 B.C. Barbara Voorhies is Research Professor and Professor Emerita with the University of California at Santa Barbara. Willamette University, College of Law, Paulus Lecture Hall (Room 201). Salem, Oregon. http://www.archaeological.org/events/9506
- “Death and Sacrifice at Midnight Terror Cave“| October 4, 7:30 PM. AIA Lecture. James Brady. Midnight Terror Cave was named by Mennonites who were called in the middle of the night to rescue a badly injured looter who had fallen from a slippery ledge and plunged into the cave. When the Belizean Institute of Archaeology investigated, they found more human skeletons than had ever been reported from a Maya cave. This led to the cave being featured in Cave of the Headless Corpse on the Discovery Channel’s Bone Detective. Dr. James Brady has just completed a three year investigation of Midnight Terror Cave that documented extensive modifications of the cave by the ancient Maya as well as evidence of a devastating earthquake that in one moment destroyed much of what the Maya had built. Finally, Dr. Brady will discuss an emerging view of human sacrifice among the Maya. Whitman College, Olin Hall, Room 157, Walla Walla, Washington. http://www.archaeological.org/events/9556
- “It’s Not the End of the World: What the Ancient Maya Tell Us About 2012“| October 4, 7:30 PM. Carlos Museum Lecture. Seeking evidence of Maya attitudes about calendric cycles and creation mythology, Mark van Stone undertook an examination of the corpus of Maya literature, from Classic Period inscriptions and Postclassic codices to colonial-era works such as the Popol Vuh and Chilam Balam books. Dr. van Stone examines popular ideas of prophecy through the lens of Maya art and literature. Emory University. Michael C. Carlos Museum. Carlos Museum Reception Hall, 571 South Kilgo Circle, Atlanta, Georgia http://www.carlos.emory.edu/visit/calendar#/?i=2
- “Alternative Views of the First Americans” | October 4, 6:00 PM. Archaeology Conservancy Lecture Series. Dr. Dennis Stanford, Curator of Archaeology, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History, Washington, D.C. Albuquerque Museum, in the Special Events Room, 2000 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico. http://www.americanarchaeology.com/abqlecture.html
- “Galindo and the Last of the Southern Moche“| October 5, 6:45 PM Pre-Columbian Society of Washington DC Lecture. The large urban settlement of Galindo is located in the Moche Valley on the north coast of Peru, approximately 20 kilometers from the Pacific Ocean. The height of Galindo’s Moche power was during AD 700-800. A 3-year excavation project called the Galindo Archaeological Project (GAP) sought evidence for the types of political power–ideological, economic, and physical coercive–used at the site by its Moche rulers during their occupation. A secondary goal of GAP was to reconstruct the occupational history of the site, which has cultural remains of Moche and Chimu. Greg Lockard, PhD is an Andean scholar with a specialization in north coast Peruivan archaeology. Dr. Lockard is an Archaeology Program Manager and the Deputy Business Class Manager of a cultural resources group at a Vienna, VA firm. Charles Sumner School Museum and Archives, 1201 17th Street NW, Washington DC. http://www.pcswdc.org/monthly_lecture.php
- “The Measure and Meaning of Time in the Americas“| October 5-6. Dumbarton Oaks 2012 Symposium. Regardless of what our senses might tell us, in the Western worldview time is regarded as a thing apart, the mere measure of duration, a metric quantity that is continuous, homogeneous, and unchangeable. But like so many concepts we engage in the study of other cultures, time can possess a variety of essences and meanings. This symposium brings together a group of scholars from diverse disciplines and interdisciplines to engage in a dialog regarding the multitude of expressions and understandings of temporal existence in the Mesoamerican and Andean worlds. We deal with questions such as: Are the differences we recognize between history and myth transferrable to these cultures? How does one comprehend time in relation to the transcendent? How is time manifested in ritual as well as in the land/skyscape in which it is practiced? How is time expressed in text and imagery? What is the relation between time and number? And what do we know about how indigenous ways of dealing with time changed, especially following the sudden contact with the Spanish invader? An added dimension to the symposium is concerned with comparing time’s meaning not only with that in Western tradition but also in other world cultures. The symposium is organized with Anthony Aveni (Colgate University). Symposium speakers include Alfredo López Austin (Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México), William Barnes (University of St. Thomas, Minnesota), Harvey Bricker (Tulane University), Victoria Bricker (Tulane University), Linda Brown (George Washington University), Jahl Dulanto (DePauw University), Markus Eberl (Vanderbilt University), Richard Landes (Boston University), John Monaghan (University of Illinois at Chicago), Stella Nair (University of California, Riverside), Juan Ossio (Universidad Pontificia Católica del Peru), and Tristan Platt (University of St. Andrews). Space for this event is limited, and registration will be handled on a first come, first served basis. For further information, including preliminary abstracts, please visit our website (www.doaks.org) or contact the Pre-Columbian Studies Program at Dumbarton Oaks (email@example.com, 202-339-6440).
- “Archaeological Sciences of the Americas Symposium“| October 5-6. This triennial conference will be held at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee on Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6, 2012. The goal of the symposium is to spotlight innovative research that applies scientific techniques to the study of prehistoric and historic materials. The symposium traditionally focuses on the archaeology of the Americas. However, students and professionals engaged in projects outside the Americas are also encouraged to submit abstracts. ASAS gathers graduate students and professionals in an intimate setting to share the latest research and methods spanning anthropological and paleontological sub-disciplines, including but not limited to archaeometry, isotope analysis, ancient DNA analysis, paleobotany, geoarchaeology, and spatial analysis. We are accepting abstracts for both podium and poster presentations. The symposium is open to students, academic faculty and professionals working in independent and government settings. Attendees and presenters are encouraged to Pre-Register by July 15, 2012. Students and Non/under-employed scholars: $15. http://www.vanderbilt.edu/anthro/asas2012/home
- “Writing as Resistance: Maya Village Scribes, Graphic Pluralism, and Indigenous Resistance in Colonial Yucatán, 1542-1750.” | October 5-6. Maya Society of Minnesota Lecture and Workshop. October 5, 7:30 PM. John F. Chuchiak IV, Professor of Colonial Latin American History, Missouri State University. Giddens Learning Center 100E, Hamline University. St. Paul, Minnesota. October 6, 9:00-12:00 PM. Workshop: “U Luumil Ku: Sacred Landscapes and Yucatec Maya Religion and Ritual in Colonial Context, 1542-1812.” John Chuchiak. Giddens Learning Center 6S. Anthropology Lab, Hamline University. St. Paul, Minnesota. http://sites.hamline.edu/mayasociety/
- “Changing Landscapes: A Closer Look at Baby Canyon Pueblo” | October 6. Deer Valley Rock Art Center Lecture. Melissa Kruse-Peeples. Kruse-Peeples will present an overview of archaeological research at Baby Canyon, focusing on what the study of agricultural features and dietary evidence reveals about prehistoric people’s use of the changing landscape. The standing walls, dense ceramics and rock art panels at Baby Canyon Pueblo, in the Agua Fria National Monument, serve as impressive representations of village life 700 years ago. However, the landscape surrounding the main ruin reveals an equally remarkable picture of prehistoric life at the pueblo. Hundreds of terraces used to control water and soil for agricultural production have been found among the ruins of small farmsteads and concentrations of agave rock piles. Deer Valley Rock Art Center, 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, Phoenix, Arizona. http://asuevents.asu.edu/changing-landscapes-closer-look-baby-canyon-pue…
- “Mayan Cave Cosmology” | October 8, 6:30 PM. Southwest Seminars. Dr. Keith M. Prufer Archaeologist, Mayanist and Associate Professor of Anthropology, Univ. of New Mexico Co-Author (w/W.J. Hurst), ‘Chocolate and the Underworld Space of Death: The Recovery of Intact Cacao from an Early Classic Maya Mortuary Cave’; (w/J.E. Brady), ‘Caves and Crystalmancy: Evidence for the Use of Crystals in Ancient Mayan Religion’; Co-Editor (w/J. E. Brady), Stone Houses and Earth Lords: Maya Religion in the Cave Context; In the Maw of the Earth Monster: Studies of Mesoamerican Ritual Cave Use. Hotel Santa Fe, Santa Fe, New Mexico. http://www.southwestseminars.org/SWS/Native_Voices_2012.html
- “Gran Quivira: The Excavation and Reburial of Mound 7,”October 9, 6:30 PM. Friends of Tijeras Pueblo Lecture. Gavin Gardner, Integrated Resources Specialist, Salinas Pueblos National Monument. During the summer of 2012, Salinas Pueblo Missions Completed a project to rebury the Mound 7 Pueblo at the park’s Gran Quivira Unit. First excavated in the 1960’s, This project was completed over a ten week period using an army of local high school students. It is the park’s hope that reburial will better protect the site for future generations. Sandia Ranger Station, Tijeras, New Mexico. http://www.abqarchaeology.org/events.shtml
- “Winds from the North: Tewa Origins and Historical Anthropology” | October 9, 7:00 PM. Dr. Steve Ortman. The “abandonment” of Mesa Verde and the formation of the Rio Grande Pueblos represent two classic events in North American prehistory. Yet, despite a century of research, no consensus has been reached on precisely how, or even if, these two events were related. In this landmark study, Scott Ortman proposes a novel and compelling solution to this problem through an investigation of the genetic, linguistic, and cultural heritage of the Tewa Pueblo people of New Mexico. Scott Ortman is an Omidyar Fellow at the Santa Fe Institute and Lightfoot Fellow at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. He is also the author of “Winds from the North: Tewa origins and historical anthropology,” now available from the University of Utah Press. Kit Carson Electric, 118 Cruz Alta Rd, Taos, New Mexico. http://www.taosarch.org
- “Mini Symposium of New Findings on Perry Mesa” | October 10, 7:00 PM. Desert Foothills Chapter; Arizona Archaeological Society Lecture. Dave Abbott (ASU), Kate Spielman (ASU), Arelyn Simon (ASU), Scott Wood (Tonto). Good Shepherd Church, 6502 E Cave Creek Rd. Cave Creek, Arizona. http://www.azarchsoc.org/DesertFoothills
- “Archaeology and Science at the Paisley Caves” | October 10, 6:00 PM. Archaeology Conservancy Lecture Series. Dr. Dennis L. Jenkins, Senior Research Archaeologist, Museum of Natural and Cultural History, University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon. Albuquerque Museum, in the Special Events Room, 2000 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico. http://www.americanarchaeology.com/abqlecture.html
- “The Pleito Project: Stratigraphy in Pigments” | October 11, 7:30 PM. Pacific Coast Archaeological Society Lecture. Daniel J. Reeves. The documentation of the Chumash rock art site of Pleito Creek, CA-KER-77, included a complete photographic base line, layered drawings, a condition assessment and management plan. This talk will discuss all of these areas and focus on documenting multi-layered pictographs in individual layers for study using a computer program. Daniel J. Reeves is a professional archaeologist with extensive experience in replicating ancient technologies. He studied art and anthropology at San Diego State University, 1967-69, and worked as an archaeologist for the Los Padres National Forest, 1987-94. Since then, he has directed many archaeological surveys, particularly of rock art sites. He is currently director of documentation for the Vandenberg Air Force Base rock art assessment project. Irvine Ranch Water District, 15600 Sand Canyon Avenue,(between the I-5 and I-405, next to the Post Office), Irvine, California. http://www.pcas.org/meetings.html
- “The Ancient Maya and the Year 2012.” October 11, 12:00 PM. Library of Congress. Mark Van Stone of Southwestern College, Montpelier Room, Sixth Floor, James Madison Building. Contact: (202) 707-6404. Library of Congress. http://www.loc.gov/loc/events/index.php?mode=detail&date=1349064000#even…
- “Campaigns of Clay and Caucus: Sociopolitical and Artistic Inferences of Classic Maya Feasting Pottery” | October 11, 5:30 PM. Princeton Art Museum Lecture. Dorie Reents-Budet, Museum of Fine Arts Boston and the Smithsonian Institution. Princeton Art Museum, Princeton, New Jersey. http://artmuseum.princeton.edu/visit/calendar/2012-09-27–2012-10-27/33
- “Evidence of Moiety Organization at Jackson’s Castle” | October 11, 7:00 PM. San Juan Basin Chapter; Colorado Archaeological Society Lecture. Bob Bernhart. This is an Ancestral Puebloan archaeological site located in southwest Colorado a few miles from the Ismay Trading Post. Lyceum in the Center of Southwest Studies. Fort Lewis College, Durango, Colorado. http://www.sjbas.org
- “The End of Time” October 13, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. Center for Ancient Studies Symposium. Whether or not the end of time is predicted in the Maya calendar, many of the ancient world civilizations hosted a belief in a universal cataclysm—the Apocalypse, the Last Judgment, the coming of the Antichrist, the Kali Yuga, the Götterdämmerung, and so on. This year’s Center for Ancient Studies annual symposium, in conjunction with the Penn Museum exhibition MAYA 2012: Lords of Time, explores what it means for a religion or civilization to foster a belief in the end of the world. Dr. Elaine Pagels, Professor of Religion, Princeton University, and author of Revelations: Visions, Prophecy, and Politics in the Book of Revelation(Viking Press, 2012), the keynote address. The symposium is free and open to the public. For more information, call 215.898.7425. Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. http://www.penn.museum/events-calendar/details/804-center-for-ancient-st…
- “Chacoan Immigration and Influence in the Middle San Juan” | October 15, 7:30 PM Arizona Archaeological and Historical Society Lecture. Paul Reed, DuVal Auditorium, University Medical Center, 1501 N. Campbell Ave., Tucson, Arizona. http://www.az-arch-and-hist.org/programs-2/events/
- “Venerated Ancestors: Mummies of the Ancient Andes“October 17, 7:30 PM. St. Louis Society, AIA Lecture. Professor Jane E. Buikstra, School of Human Evolution & Social Change, Director of the Center of Bioarchaeological Research, Arizona State University; President, Center for American Archaeology, Kamspsville, Illinois. [Co-sponsored with the St. Louis Chapter of the Explorers Club and the St. Louis Academy of Science]. Missouri History Museum Auditorium, 5700 Lindell Boulevard at DeBaliviere in Forest Park, St. Louis, Missouri. http://users.stlcc.edu/mfuller/aia/
- “Turkeys and Macaws and Dogs, Oh My! –Animals and Humans in the Southwest’s Past” | Oct. 17, 6:00 PM. Archaeology Cafe, Phoenix Lecture. Alan Ferg (Arizona State Museum, retired). Aztec Room of Macayo’s Central, 4001 N. Central Ave., near the Indian School light rail stop, Phoenix, Arizona. http://www.azarchsoc.org/Resources/Documents/_Petro_Sept_12.pdf
- 2012 Mid-West Archaeological Conference | October 17-21. Michigan State University. East Lansing, Michigan. http://www.midwestarchaeology.org/upcoming-meetings/
- “Clovis: The Midpoint in the Cultural History of North America” | October 17, 6:00 PM. Archaeology Conservancy Lecture Series. Dr. Michael B. Collins, Research Professor in Anthropology, Texas State University, San Marcos, Texas. Albuquerque Museum, in the Special Events Room, 2000 Mountain Road NW, Albuquerque, New Mexico. http://www.americanarchaeology.com/abqlecture.html
- 2012 Annual Conference Mid-West Archaeological Conference | October 17-21. Michigan State University. East Lansing, Michigan. http://www.midwestarchaeology.org/upcoming-meetings/
October 17, 6:00 PM
The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University Lecture
“Unearthing Xultun: New Discoveries in Maya Science and Art”
William Saturno, Assistant Professor of Archaeology, Boston University
First discovered in 1915, and still buried by more than a millennium of tropical forest growth, the wealth of the once-thriving Maya city of Xultun in Guatamala is only now being brought to light. Recent archaeological investigations are providing a first glimpse of the city’s scholarly and artistic traditions, from its astronomical tables charting the cosmos to its completely preserved ceremonial complex dedicated to ancestry, creation and sacrifice. These finds and others offer clues to the site’s dynamic history of interaction in the region and help to establish it among its better known Classic Period peers.
Geological Lecture Hall
24 Oxford St.,
October 17, 6:00 PM
Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology Lecture
“Temples that Speak: Art and Architecture at Copan, Honduras”
Honduran archaeologist Ricardo Agurcia Fasquelle, Executive Director of the Copan Association, offers a richly illustrated exploration of the extensive research carried out over the past twenty years on the Acropolis of the ancient Maya site of Copan. Mr. Agurcia speaks about his own discoveries of two extraordinarily well-preserved buildings that represent the only complete examples of Early Classic architecture and monumental art at the site. He gave them the field names “Rosalila” and “Oropendola.” Within these two buildings were found magnificent royal tombs whose contents are well represented in the Museum’s current exhibition, MAYA 2012: Lords of Time. . For more information, call 215.898.2680
Pennsylvania Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology
1st Biennial Verde Valley Archaeology Symposium
Verde Valley Archaeology Center and Arizona Archaeological Council
“Patterns, Problems, and Possibilities; Is the Southern Sinagua Still a Valid Cultural Construct?”
Call for Papers; Deadline; August 10
Camp Verde, Arizona
October 18, 7:00 PM
Yavapai Chapter; Arizona Archaeological Society Lecture
“The Wari Pre-Incan Culture”
Smoki Museum’s Pueblo Room. Location
147 N. Arizona Street.
October 18, 6:00 PM
Old Pueblo Archaeology Center’s “Third Thursday Food for Thought” Dinner & Presentation:
“What is the Meaning of Mimbres Art?”
University of Oklahoma Professor of Anthropology Patricia Gilman, Ph.D., at ****[ restaurant to be announced]****
The paintings of people and animals on Classic Mimbres pottery are very popular, appearing in and on everything from museum exhibits to refrigerator magnets. Archaeologists and the public have both often assumed that these images were simple representations of an animal or activity. Several investigators, however, have noted parallels between some of the images and characters and narratives in the creation story explicated in the Popul Vuh and other Mesoamerican sources. In this program one of the experts of Mimbres archaeology, Professor Patricia Gilman, will extend this interpretation of the narrative bowls by linking Mesoamerican images and creation story to a wider historical context – the Classic Mimbres period (AD 1000-1130) in southwestern New Mexico. She will present evidence for her view that the introduction of this iconography is related to other dramatic changes that include the introduction of scarlet macaws from lowland Mesoamerica and the end of the Great Kiva religion as suggested by the burning and lack of replacement of these structures in the early to middle AD 900s.
Old Pueblo’s guest speaker for this “dinner-format” program, Pat Gilman, is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Oklahoma who has been doing southwestern and specifically Mimbres archaeology for decades. Her current research focuses on two topics – the relationship between people in the Mimbres region and Mesoamerica and Mimbres beyond the Mimbres Valley heartland.
The restaurant needs advance notice to schedule staff and must limit seating to comply with the fire code, so reservations are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday October 17. 520-798-1201 firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Patterns, Problems, and Possibilities; Is the Southern Sinagua Still a Valid Cultural Construct?”
The first Biennial Verde Valley Archaeology Conference, co-sponsored by the Arizona Archaeological Council and the Verde Valley Archaeology Center, will be held October 19 and 20, 2012, at the Cliff Castle Casino Hotel in Camp Verde, Arizona. This conference is entitled “Patterns, Problems, and Possibilities” and will examine a wide range of topics on the archaeology of the Verde Valley region of central Arizona, including whether or not the Southern Sinagua is still a valid cultural construct. The conference will also include papers on the Yavapai-Apache of central Arizona. Abstract submission deadline is August 10, 2012. Please submit your name, address, contact information, institutional affiliation, paper title, author(s), and an abstract not to exceed 100-words to the Symposium Program Chairs via e-mail at email@example.com. More information also can be found at the AAC or the Verde Valley Archaeology Center websites.
Cliff Castle Casino Hotel Conference Center
Montezuma Castle Highway
Camp Verde, AZ 86322
October 20, 10:00 AM
St. Louis Society, AIA
Co-sponsored with the Cahokia Mounds Museum Society
“Cahokia’s Westward influence in AD 1100”
Professor Michael Fuller, Professor of Anthropology at St. Louis Community College
Cahokia Mounds Museum
“31st Annual Northeast Conference on Andean Archaeology and Ethnohistory”
RS Peabody Museum of Archaeology
October 21, 2:30 PM
Denver Art Museum Lecture
Sponsored by the Alianza de las Artes Americanas
“Bonampak Murals: The Spectacle of the Maya Court”
The murals of Bonampak offer a vivid and engaging picture of courtly life on the eve of the Maya collapse. Incorporating new imaging and recent archaeological discoveries, this talk by Claudia L. Brittenham, Ph.D., will consider the multiple competing stories of kings, heirs, and the court told by the Bonampak murals. Brittenham is an assistant professor in the Dept. of Art History at the University of Chicago.
Hamilton Building – Lower Level
Denver Art Museum
October 23, 7:30 PM
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Lecture
“Ancient Maya Calendrics, Cosmology, and Creation: 2012 and Beyond
Professor Karl Taube
October 25, 7:00 PM
Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex, West Virginia Division of Culture and History Lecture
“Multidisciplinary Excavations at the Flint Run Paleoindian Complex in Warren County, Virginia”
Dr. Joan M. Walker. Dr. Walker is a professional archaeologist and retired president of the Thunderbird Research Corporation.
The lecture will discuss the ground-breaking work at this complex of sites which uncovered flint knapping clusters, living floors, and a possible Paleoindian house pattern that were up to 10,000 years old. A multi-disciplinary research approach included a study of the soils and local geology, reconstructing prehsitoric environments, and interpreting tool manufacture and use. This resulted in valuable insights into what life may have been like for some of North America’s earliest human inhabitants.
Auditorium, Grave Creek Mound Archaeological Complex
801 Jefferson Avenue
Moundsville, West Virginia
October 25, 7:00 PM
“Maya Countdown to the Apocalypse”
Camden County College in partnership with Penn Museum
Dr. Loa Traxler, co-curator of the exhibit and a member of the Copan team, will explain how the 16 kings who ruled for nearly four centuries – 426-800 AD were seen as semi-divine figures, who were connected to and intervened with supernatural forces. Traxler will use slides of the artifacts – some of which she discovered herself – to explore the mysteries of Maya culture.
Camden County College Blackwood Campus
Civic Hall, 200 College Drive
Blackwood, New Jersey
October 25, 5:30 PM
Princeton Art Museum Lecture
“Slips, Arcs, and Sips: Situating Vase Painting in Ancient Maya Art History”
Bryan R. Just, Peter Jay Sharp, Class of 1952, Curator and Lecturer in the Art of the Ancient Americas, Princeton University Art Museum, will lecture. A reception in the Art Museum will follow.
Princeton Art Museum
Princeton, New Jersey
83nd Annual Meeting of the Texas Archeological Society
Friday, 7:00 PM
“The Cosmology and Symbolism of Southeastern Indian Groups”
Our speaker will be Dr. Kent Reilly of Texas State University, the Director of Center for the Study of Arts and Symbolism of Ancient America and Professor of Anthropology at Texas State University. Kent holds a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.
In 1995, Dr. Reilly was a guest curator and a catalog contributor to the Princeton University exhibition “The Olmec World: Art, Ritual, and Rulership.” He has published articles on the ecological origin of Olmec symbols, the influence of Olmec symbols on the iconography of Maya rulership and the origin and function of the Olmec symbol system. His current interests include the art and iconography of the prehistoric Mississippian Period of the Southeastern United States. In 2004, he was a member of the advisory board and a catalog contributor to the Art Institute of Chicago exhibition “Hero, Hawk, and Open Hand; Ancient Native American Art of the Midwest and South.”
Dr. Tim Pauketat of the University of Illinois whose work has elevated studies of the Mississippian period to a new level. Some of his recent books include: Cahokia: Ancient America’s Great City on the Mississippi; Chiefdoms and Other Archaeological Delusions (Issues in Eastern Woodlands Archaeology); An Archaeology of the Cosmos: Rethinking Agency and Religion in Ancient America; and The Archaeology of Traditions: Agency and History Before and After Columbus.
Saturday, 7:00 PM
“New Evidence of Ancient Religion at Cahokia and its Colonies.”
Dr. Tim Pauketat from the University of Illinois is our featured banquet speaker.
The latest archeological discoveries related to ancient North America’s only city, Cahokia, include findings of astronomical alignments, elite neighborhoods, great wooden posts, human sacrifices, stone carvings, and distant mission settlements. Cahokia, near modern-day St. Louis, was built in short order around AD 1050 in ways that suggest the existence of a new religion which attracted people far and wide. Pilgrims visited and immigrants poured in while some Cahokians travelled great distances to the north and south. We are now at the edge of understanding why this happened and what its lasting historical effects were.
University of Texas at Tyler
October 26, 4:00 PM
Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Lecture
“Tracing Interactions and Technological Developments: Southwestern Glazed Painted Pottery as seen from Tijeras Pueblo”
Judith Habicht-Mauche, University of California Santa Cruz
Fowler Museum Building, Room A222
“Third Annual South-Central Conference on Mesoamerica”
The conference will feature two keynote addresses, one by archaeoastronomer Anthony F. Aveni, and another by art historian Matt Looper.
Tony Aveni, of Colgate University, is the author of over two dozen books, including The End of Time: The Maya Mystery of 2012; Empires of Time, Conversing with the Planets; Uncommon Sense; as well as co-editor of The Madrid Codex. His Skywatchers of Ancient Mexico has been the standard reference for studies of the cultural astronomy of Mesoamerica.
Matt Looper, of Cal State Chico, specializes in several fields including Maya hieroglyphic writing, dance in ancient Maya art and culture, and Maya textiles. His books include To Be Like Gods: Dance in Ancient Maya Civilization; Lightning Warrior: Maya Art and Kingship at Quirigua; Birds and Thorns: Textile Design in San Martin Sacatepequez; The New Catalog of Maya Hieroglyphs (with Martha Macri); and Quirigua: a Guide to an Ancient Maya City.
Brett Houk and I (conference co-chairs) invite listeros to submit abstracts for 15-minute papers by August 31.
October 27, 3:00 PM
Dumbarton Oaks Illustrated Talk
“Behind the Mask: Gaining a Better Understanding of Maya Craftsmanship”
October 30, 7:30 PM
“The Deep Prehistory of Indian Gaming: The Perspective from Mesoamerica”
Although it was not until the early 1980s that high stakes Indian Gaming was permitted in the United States, at the time of the arrival of Europeans in North America high stakes gambling was widespread among indigenous peoples. This is particularly well documented in Mesoamerica where 16th century historians describe a variety of games of chance (e.g., dice games) and games of skill (e.g., rubber ball game, bowling, checkers). At least some of these games involved heavy gambling on the part of both players and onlookers. Archaeologists have been able to trace the origins of some of these games back into deep prehistory. In this presentation Dr. Voorhies will present an overview of Mesoamerican games and her recent discovery of a probable scoreboard for a dice game dating back to approximately 2400 B.C.
Barbara Voorhies is Research Professor and Professor Emerita with the University of California at Santa Barbara
University of Nevada, Wright Hall 3-144
Las Vegas, Nevada