Unique Ancient Mural found in La Blanca Archaeological Site

La Blanca Fresco discovered

Guatemalan and Spanish archaeologists have discovered the earliest Mayan mural fresco in northern Guatemala, near the Mexican border.

The mural is executed in the painting technique called 'fresco' which involves painting on a freshly laid lime plaster coat before it has dried said Cristina Vidal, Scientific Director of the archaeological site La Blanca, where the painting was discovered.

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Spring 2014 Mesoamerican Visiting Professor

The Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies is (LLILAS) will be hosting a Mesoamericanist visiting professor for the Spring 2014 semester: Dr. Raquel Padilla Ramos, Lozano Long Visiting Professor.

Julia Guernsey named grand prize winner of 2013 Hamilton Book Awards

Dr. Julia Guernsey

The Mesomerica Center congratulates Professor and Associate Chair of the Department of Art and Art History Dr. Julia E. Guernsey on winning the prestigious University Co-Op Robert W. Hamilton Book Awards for her work “Sculpture and Social Dynamics in Preclassic Mesoamerica".

The Hamilton Awards are among the highest honors of literary achievement given to published authors at The University of Texas at Austin.

"I am thrilled by this honor, and delighted to share this research recognition with two other colleagues from the College of Fine Arts," Guersey said. "It was a great year for COFA, and a wonderful testament to the quality and diversity of research that takes place within our college."

The Mesoamerica Center Colloquium Series

The Mesoamerica Center is excited to announce The Mesoamerica Center Colloquium Series. 

Maya Frieze Discovered in Holmul

Maya Frieze

A new Maya Frieze was discovered in Holmul. “The enormous frieze—which measures 26 feet by nearly 7 feet (8 meters by 2 meters)—depicts human figures in a mythological setting, suggesting these may be deified rulers. It was discovered in July in the buried foundations of a rectangular pyramid in Holmul.” explains Estrada -Belli. Maya archaeologist Francisco Estrada-Belli and his team were excavating a tunnel left open by looters when they happened upon the frieze. "The looters had come close to it, but they hadn't seen it," Estrada-Belli said.

Have you check out the UT Press Mesoamerican Studies collection?

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The ancient Maya meet the modern Internet

David Stuart

Researchers began decoding the glyphic language of the ancient Maya long ago, but the Internet is helping them finish the job and write the history of this enigmatic Mesoamerican civilization. COFA's David Stuart started a blog for scholars and amateurs.

Read the article on The Washington Post about Dr. David Stuart's blog

John Kerry attends event at UT Austin Mesoamerica Center in Guatemala

ANTIGUA, Guatemala — Secretary of State John Kerry attended an event hosted by the U.S. Embassy that included University of Texas at Austin faculty members and students earlier today at Casa Herrera, an extension of UT Austin’s Mesoamerica Center.

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Kerry was accompanied by members of the U.S. Embassy and representatives from UT Austin including Jack Risley, chairman of the Department of Art and Art History; David Stuart, director of the Mesoamerica Center and a professor of art history; and students studying abroad at Casa Herrera from the university’s College of Education. His visit was attended by international media.




Video: A day in the life of a Study Abroad student

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Have you ever wonder what a day in the life of study abroad student in our Spring Program looks like?

What does a typical day look like? 

Here is the first video of the series featuring Jacob and Mary Catherine, Spring 2013 Study Abroad Program in Guatemala at Casa Herrera.