Celebrate International Archaeology Day at UT Austin!

Archaeology Day 2015

Would you like to learn more about how archaeologists work with pottery, excavate burials, and find sites through satellite images? Participate in the annual celebration of International Archaeology Day with events and activities for the general public organized by The Mesoamerica Center in the Department of Art and Art History and the Anthropology Department Graduate Student Organization. Events are designed for children (K6), teenagers (K6-12), and adults.All activities are free, but require registration as we have a limited number of spaces! Click this link to register!

The Mesoamerica Center receives support from Ruta Maya Coffee

Ruta Maya Coffee

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.

Fall 2015 Mesoamerican Classes

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The Fall 2015 is full of interested classes to advanced your knowledge of Mesoamerican cultures.

Immerse yourself in the Aztec Art and Civilization class of Dr. David Stuart or advanced your knowledge of Nahuatl with Dr. Sergio Romero.

From Mesoamerican Archeology with Dr. Enrique Rodriguez, Mesoamerican Art and Culture with Dr. Julia Guernsey to Civilization of the Maya with Dr. Fred Valdez... you can't go wrong with any of the choices!

Or step outside the Mesoamerica world and learn about Art, Archaeology of Ancient Peru with Dr. Astrid Runggaldier.

Preliminary Notes on Two Recently Discovered Inscriptions from La Corona, Guatemala

La Corona Element

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.

Notes on the recently discovered inscriptions in Guatemala.

Casa Herrera Summer Programs Update

Study Abroad 2015 students

This summer, Casa Herrera has had the privilege of hosting various academic events, public activities, and student groups! From Study Abroad Program sessions to Mayan Language Institute and archaeological lectures, it's been a summer of great activities at Casa Herrera!

Submit papers for The 2016 Maya Meetings

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The 2016 Maya Meetings ( January 12-16, 2016) will explore the archaeology and history of the lower Río Pasión 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.

Submission page is now closed.

New releases from UT Press

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Summer is sizzling! Check out the new and upcoming releases from The University of Texas Press. Great books to make summer a breeze!



New Archaeological Discoveries in Guatemala

David Stuart on the field

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.

New Publication Initiative at the Mesoamerican Center

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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 Christophe Helmke, both of the University of Copenhagen.