We are proud to announce the wonderful news that Ruta Maya Coffee Company has once again offered its support for The Mesoamerica Center and the 2017 Maya Meetings! We have an impressive line-up of workshops and symposium talks, made possible by the endorsement of Ruta Maya Coffee. We are thankful for our Austin neighbors who brings us coffee from the lands of Mesoamerica, and support our Maya Meetings programs for scholarly and public audiences.
Featured in the new book "The Collections" by UT Press: Item #180, Modeled human forearm & leg, Peru, Moche, Early Intermediate
Beyond the galleries, deep behind the closed doors of UT’s hallowed halls, you might stumble upon hidden brains. Or vintage Chanel. Or an eggbeater patented in 1868.
“The secret life of objects at UT,” AndréeBober calls it, and she should know: She’s spent the last 11 years sifting through 170 million of them.
Director of UT’s Landmarks public art program by day, author and artifact wrangler by night, Bober is the editor of The Collections, a first-of-its-kind sweeping guide to 80 fascinating collections and archives found across the Forty Acres. Often tucked away from the public eye, their holdings feature irreplaceable relics and specimens radical in range—from the Gutenberg Bible to freshwater algae samples to the emerald green curtain dress worn by Scarlett O’Hara in Gone with the Wind.
The Mesoamerica Center housed in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin is proud to announce a new partnership with Ruta Maya Coffee.
“The Maya Meetings and Ruta Maya Coffee are two Austin institutions with strong ties in the Maya world. It’s wonderful to have us working together to promote scholarship, learning and sustainability in the region,” said David Stuart, director of The Mesoamerica center and the Linda and David Schele Chair in the Art and Writing of Mesoamerica.
Ruta Maya Coffee will be partially underwriting the Maya Meetings and programs at Casa Herrera.
"We are very proud to be involved with the Mesoamerica Center at The University of Texas at Austin and to participate in The Maya Meetings and Casa Herrera. We are excited about all the possibilities as well as the bridges to be built between the Mayan Farmer Coops and the Mesoamerica Center" said Tim Sheehan, President of Ruta Maya Coffee.
Archaeologists with the La Corona Regional Archaeological Project in Guatemala announced significant hieroglyphic finds during a press conference at the National Palace in Guatemala City. Dr. David Stuart is La Corona Project main epigrapher, where the maya monument was unearth. Read Dr. Stuart article on the findings.
The 2016 Maya Meetings ( January 12-16, 2016) will explore the archaeology and history of the lower RíoPasión region, focusing on the sites of Seibal, Dos Pilas, Aguateca and others.
Research over several decades has shown this distinctive area as a key “hot spot” of turmoil during the Classic period – an area of conflict, alliance-building, and ever-changing political structure. No previous large conference has ever focused on this important area, so the presentations and discussions will be break new ground, weaving together information form archaeological projects old and new.
Following our new format, The Maya Meetings symposium now devotes time to our special theme and a will also devote time to papers touching on all aspects of Maya archaeology, culture and history. We invite submissions from anyone who is interested in presenting.
In May Prof. David Stuart conducted fieldwork at two archaeological sites in northern Guatemala, helping to document important Maya monuments and sculptures discovered by colleagues from Tulane University.
The Mesoamerica Center is excited to be involved in the production of two important monograph series in the fields of ancient American archaeology and art history, Ancient America and Research Reports on Ancient Maya Writing. Both publications have a long and venerable history in Mesoamerican studies, and have been the source of a number of path-breaking works over the past three decades. Appearing this summer is Ancient America 13, The Fall of the Great Celestial Bird: A Master Myth in Early Classic Central Mexico by Jesper Nielsen and ChristopheHelmke, both of the University of Copenhagen.