Luke Auld-Thomas is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at Tulane University. He has conducted fieldwork in Guatemala and Belize and is currently conducting dissertation research at the site of El Achiotal, Guatemala, as part of the La Corona Regional Archaeological Project.
Jaime J. Awe
Dr. Jaime J. Awe (PhD 1992, Institute of Archaeology, University of London) is Associate Professor of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University, Director of the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project, and Emeritus member of the Belize Institute of Archaeology. Between 2003 and 2014, he served as Director of the Belize Institute of Archaeology. During his extensive career in archaeology, Dr. Awe has conducted important research and conservation at several major sites in Belize, and his research focuses on diverse topics on the Maya, ranging from the Preceramic to the Colonial periods.
John F. Chuchiak IV
Dr. John F. Chuchiak IV is currently a Professor of Colonial Latin American History and the Dean of the Honors College, the holder of the Rich & Doris Young Honors College endowed professorship, and the Director of the Latin American, Caribbean and Hispanic Studies program at Missouri State University.
He is a specialist on colonial Latin American history with a research emphasis on the history of Mexico and Maya ethnohistory. Dr. Chuchiak's most recent publications have examined the contact and colonial transformation of the indigenous cultures of México, most notably the Maya of Yucatan.
He is the author of the books The Inquisition in New Spain, 1536-1820 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2012) and Unlikely Allies: Mayas, Spaniards and Pirates in Colonial Yucatan, 1550-1750 (University of Colorado Press, Forthcoming), as well as co-author with Dr. Luis René Guerrero Galván, from the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de Mexico, of Edictos de Fe del Santo Oficio de la Inquisición de la Nueva España: Estudio Preliminar y un Corpus en Facsímile (Mexico City: Instituto de Investigaciones Jurídicas, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, 2017); as well as co-author with Antje Gunsenheimer and Tsubasa Okoshi Harada of Text and Context: Analyzing Colonial Yucatec Maya Texts and Literature in Diachronic Perspective, (Bonner Amerikanistische Studien, Institut für Altamerikanistik und Ethnologie, Universität Bonn, Germany,2009).
The author of more than twenty-five peer-reviewed journal articles, his publications have appeared in Iglesia y sociedad en América Latina Colonial, Saastun: Revista de Cultura Maya, Swedish Missiological Themes, Current Anthropology, Estudios de Cultura Maya, the Journal of Early Modern History, the Journal of Ethnohistory, and The Americas.
He is also the author of more than eighty other peer reviewed book chapters and articles published in a number of edited volumes and anthologies.
Dr. Francisco Estrada-Belli is a research assistant professor in the Anthropology Department and with Tulane University’s Middle American Research Institute. His research focuses on the emergence of complexity in the Maya region. He is author of The First Maya Civilization: Ritual and Power before the Classic Period. (Routledge 2011). Most recently, he and his collaborators have published studies on long-term human-environment interaction and on the rise of regional states in the Late Classic period. He directs the Holmul Archaeological Project and is co-founder of the Maya Archaeology Initiative, a non-profit that supports heritage education in Guatemala.
Sidney Coates is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Anthropology at Tulane University. She received an MSc from the University of Edinburgh in 2014 and her MA from Tulane University in 2017. Her interests include Maya archaeology, epigraphy, palaeography, and linguistics. She has conducted archaeological field work at sites in Virginia, Bermuda, Scotland, and Guatemala.
Thomas G. Garrison
Dr. Thomas G. Garrison is Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Ithaca College. He previously taught at the University of Southern California, and held postdoctoral fellowships at Brown University and Umeå Universitet, Sweden. In addition to his research in Guatemala, he has conducted field and laboratory work in Mexico, Belize, Honduras, and the United States. He received his Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2007, writing his dissertation on the application of remote sensing technologies to the settlement investigations at San Bartolo. He has collaborated with the Marshall Space and Flight Center, Jet Propulsion Lab, and the National Center for Airborne Laser Mapping to develop applications of remote sensing technologies in archaeology. His research has been funded by the Fundación Patrimonio Cultural y Natural Maya (PACUNAM), National Science Foundation, Waitt Institute for Discovery, National Geographic, and the GEOS Foundation. Since 2012, he has served as the Director of the Proyecto Arqueológico El Zotz, following three years of regional investigations around the site. He is a co-author of Temple of the Night Sun: A Royal Tomb at El Diablo (2015) and co-editor of the forthcoming volume An Inconstant Landscape: The Maya Kingdom of El Zotz, Guatemala (2018). Since 2016, he has served as an advisor to the PACUNAM LiDAR Initiative, the largest remote sensing and GIS project ever established in Mesoamerica.a.
Dr. Christophe Helmke (PhD 2009, Institute of Archaeology, University of London) is Associate Professor of American Indian Languages and Cultures at the Institute of Cross-cultural and Regional Studies, University of Copenhagen, Denmark. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on the archaeology, epigraphy, iconography and languages of Mesoamerica. Since 2000 he has tutored hieroglyphic workshops as part of a series of conferences in Europe as well as North and Central America. Besides Maya archaeology and epigraphy, other research interests include the Pre-Columbian use of caves, Mesoamerican writing systems as well as rock art and comparative Amerindian mythology.
Dr. Stephen Houston serves as the Dupee Family Professor of Social Sciences at Brown University, where he also holds an appointment in Anthropology. A specialist in Classic Maya civilization, writing systems, and indigenous representation, Houston is the author of many books and articles, including, most recently, Temple of the Night Sun (with various co-authors), The Maya (with Michael Coe, now its 9th edition), and The Life Within: Classic Maya and the Matter of Permanence, winner of a PROSE Award in 2014. He was co-curator of a major show, Fiery Pool: The Maya and the Mythic Sea, exhibited at the Peabody-Essex Museum, the Kimbell, and the St. Louis Museum of Fine Arts. Houston has been honored with a MacArthur Fellowship, along with support from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Science Foundation, Dumbarton Oaks, the National Gallery of Art, the Clark Art Institute, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. His current projects concern the central role of young men in Classic Maya civilization, the lives and roles of Maya sculptors, and the results of large-scale excavations at the dynastic center of Piedras Negras, Guatemala. In 2011, the President of Guatemala awarded Houston the Grand Cross of the Order of the Quetzal, that country's highest honor. He has also received the Tatiana Proskouriakoff Award from the Peabody Museum, Harvard University. Houston is a summa cum laude graduate of the University of Pennsylvania; his Ph.D., awarded in 1987, is from Yale.
Julie A. Hoggarth
Dr. Julie A. Hoggarth (PhD 2012, Department of Anthropology, University of Pittsburgh) is an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Baylor University. She is the Co-Director of the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance (BVAR) project, a long-term archaeological research project and field school in western Belize. Her research focuses on developing high-precision radiocarbon chronologies to better understand the timing of political and environmental changes at the end of the Classic period in the Maya lowlands.
Dr. Rachel A. Horowitz is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Tulane University. She received her Ph.D. from Tulane in 2017. She is an anthropological archaeologist whose research focuses on ancient Maya economic organization. She specializes in the study of lithic technology, using organizational approaches to link tool production to economic organization. She has ongoing research interests in the lithic economies of western Belize and the Peten region of Guatemala. In addition to her research in these areas she has conducted research in Mexico, southern Africa, and the western and southeastern United States.
Harri J. Kettunen
Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the University of Helsinki, Finland
Adjunct Professor of Latin American Studies, University of Helsinki, Finland
President of the European Association of Mayanists, Wayeb
Dr. Harri J. Kettunen has carried out interdisciplinary research projects on Mesoamerican related topics, combining archaeology, anthropology, iconography, epigraphy, and linguistics. His publications include textbooks on Maya hieroglyphs, methodological studies on Maya iconography, and interdisciplinary articles on Mesoamerican related topics.
Dr. Simon Martin is a Maya epigrapher, anthropologist, and historian, whose work focuses on Classic Period (250-900 CE) politics, religion, and intellectual culture. His PhD is from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London, and he is currently an Associate Curator at the University of Pennsylvania Museum and an adjunct faculty member at the Department of Anthropology, University of Pennsylvania. He has two co-authored books: Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens (with Nikolai Grube, 2000) and Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya (with Mary Miller, 2004).
Gaspar Muñoz Cosme
Dr. Gaspar Muñoz Cosme (PhD Architect, Polytechnic University of Valencia, Spain) is an Architect specialized in Cultural Heritage Conservation and the study of Prehispanic Architecture. He is a Professor at the Department of Composición Arquitectónica at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and the Director of Architecture of Project La Blanca (Petén, Guatemala). He is the recipient of several research grants and Senior Investigator of International I+D+i Programs. He is currently the Director of the Project “Maya Architecture: building systems, formal aesthetic and new technologies” and he has conducted many development programs with local communities in the Maya area. He is author and co-author of several publications that focuses on Maya architecture, architectural heritage conservation, analysis and restoration, and development cooperation. He is author and co-author of several publications that focuses on Maya architecture and cultural heritage conservation, most recently Artistic Expressions in Maya Architecture: Analysis and Documentation Techniques (Archaeopress, 2014) co-edited with Cristina Vidal and La Acrópolis de La Blanca: Un Ejemplo Singular de la Arquitectura Maya (Restauro Archeologico. 2/2017, pp. 8 – 21).
Dr. Matthew Restall is an Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Colonial Latin American History at Pennsylvania State University. His areas of specialization include Mexico, Guatemala and Belize, Maya history, the Spanish Conquest, and Africans in Spanish America. As an NEH and Guggenheim Fellowships recipient, he has investigated Mexico's indigenous and African past. His numerous publications since 1995 include The Maya World (1997), Maya Conquistador (1998), and Seven Myths of the Spanish Conquest (2003).
Dr. Andrew Scherer is an anthropological archaeologist and biological anthropologist with a geographic focus in Mesoamerica (Maya). He co-directs an interdisciplinary archaeological research project that is exploring Classic Maya polities along the Usumacinta River in Mexico and Guatemala. Scherer has conducted bioarchaeological research at Maya sites throughout Mexico and Guatemala, including Piedras Negras, Yaxha, and El Zotz. Scherer's research interests include mortuary archaeology, warfare and violence, ritual practice, political practice, diet and subsistence, bioarchaeology, and landscape archaeology.
Dr. John Verano is a biological anthropologist who specializes in human osteology, paleopathology, bioarchaeology and forensic anthropology. Professor Verano’s primary research area over the past thirty years has been Andean South America, with a focus on prehistoric populations of coastal and highland Peru. His research interests include the study of disease in skeletal and mummified remains, trepanation and other ancient surgery, warfare, human sacrifice, and mortuary practices. He is co-editor, with Douglas Ubelaker, of Disease and Demography in the Americas (Smithsonian Press 1992), and with Andrew Scherer, Embattled Bodies, Embattled Places: War in Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica and the Andes (Dumbarton Oaks 2014). His most recent book is Holes in the Head: the Art and Archaeology of Trepanation in Ancient Peru (Dumbarton Oaks 2016).
Cristina Vidal Lorenzo
Dr. Cristina Vidal Lorenzo (PhD 1995, Department of History of America II, University Complutense of Madrid) is a Maya archaeologist who has conducted field research and cultural heritage projects throughout the Maya region. She is a Professor of History of the Art at the University of Valencia (Spain) and Scientific Director of La Blanca Project in Petén, Guatemala (www.uv.es/arsmaya). She is the recipient of several research fellowships and grants and served as the Principal Investigator of International I+D+i Projects. She is currently the Director of the Project “New Technologies applied to Prehispanic Cultural Heritage: Maya civilization” and her research activities also include development programs with local communities in the Maya area. She is author and co-author of several publications that focus on Maya archaeology, architecture, iconography and cultural heritage conservation, most recently Artistic Expressions in Maya Architecture: Analysis and Documentation Techniques (Archaeopress, 2014) co-edited with Gaspar Muñoz, and Popol Vuh (Alianza, 2017) co-edited with Miguel Rivera.
Dr. Jason Yaeger is President’s Endowed Professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio and Chair of UTSA’s Department of Anthropology. He is an anthropological archaeologist who studies Mesoamerican and Andean civilizations, particularly the Maya and Inka. His interests in Maya civilization began when a visit to Chichen Itza first sparked his passion. He took his Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology at the University of Michigan and his Ph.D. in Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests include the organization of ancient households and communities, ancient urbanism and landscapes, the relationship between climate change and culture change, and material culture and identity.
Much of his research has sought to understand the organization of Classic Maya rural communities and the practices, institutions, and constructs that linked rural householders to larger socio-political institutions and groups. He has surveyed the countryside in Belize’s Mopan River valley, mapped hundreds of houses and agricultural terraces, and excavated hinterland house compounds. His investigations also have taken him to larger centers like Buenavista del Cayo and Xunantunich, where he has excavated monumental temples and palaces. His current research focuses on documenting the changing relationships between Xunantunich and the rival center of Buenavista del Cayo and understanding how competition between these two polities impacted the people who lived in the intervening countryside. Among his publications are Classic Maya Provincial Politics: Xunantunich and Its Hinterlands (with Lisa J. LeCount, Arizona, 2010) and The Archaeology of Communities: A New World Perspective (with Marcello Canuto, Routledge, 2000).
Dr. Marc Zender received his Ph.D. in Archaeology from the University of Calgary in 2004. He has taught at the University of Calgary (2002-2004) and Harvard University (2005-2011), and is now an Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Linguistics at Tulane University, New Orleans, where he has taught linguistics, epigraphy, and Mesoamerican languages (Yucatec Maya, Chicontepec Nahuatl) since September 2011. Marc's research interests include anthropological and historical linguistics, comparative writing systems, and archaeological decipherment, with a regional focus on Mesoamerica (particularly Mayan and Nahuatl/Aztec). Marc is Editor of The PARI Journal, project epigrapher for the Proyecto Arqueológico de Comalcalco (in Tabasco, Mexico), and is presently involved in epigraphic research at Cahal Pech and Buenavista del Cayo (both in Belize).