Check out the events this week that help reveal the ancient civilizations of North America:
- "The Wet and the Dry; Water Abundance and Ancient Social Complexity": January 14, 6:00 PM. Southwest Seminars Lecture. Dr. Vernon Scarborough
Hotel Santa Fe. Santa Fe, New Mexico. http://www.southwestseminars.org/SWS/Ancient_Sites_2013.html
- "The Art of Maya Architecture: Cosmology and Dynasty in the Built Environment": January 15-19, 2013. 2013 Maya Meetings. January 15-19, 2013. The University of Texas at Austin. Austin, Texas. http://utdirect.utexas.edu/txshop/list.WBX?component=0&application_name=...
- “The Mirador Basin: The Cultural and Natural Legacy in the Cradle of the Maya Civilization”: January 16, 8:00 PM. Institute of Maya Studies Presentation with Dr. Richard Hansen. The multi-disciplinary approach of investigation has provided new justification for the conservation and responsible development of the area, and suggests that investigation, conservation, and social development has to progress simultaneously to be effective agents for the long-term preservation of endangered and important cultural and natural heritage sites. In 2003, Dr. Richard D. Hansen, a Senior Scientist from Idaho State University, initiated major investigation, stabilization, and conservation programs at El Mirador with a multi-disciplinary approach, including staff and technical personnel from 52 universities and research institutions from throughout the world. By August 2008, the team had published 168 scientific papers and 474 technical reports as well as numerous documentary films. The Institute of Maya Studies meets at the Miami Science Museum, 3280 South Miami Avenue, across from Vizcaya; Maya Hotline: 305-279-8110. Subscribe to the full-color e-mailed version of our monthly IMS Explorer newsletter at:www.instituteofmayastudies.org
- "Mammoth in the Artichokes and Paleo-Indian Developments.": January 17, 7:30 PM. Santa Cruz Archaeological Society Lecture. In the spring of 2011, the remains of a Columbian Mammoth were archaeologically recovered from the artichoke fields of Castroville. In addition to the partial, but articulated remains of the mammoth, a variety of other Late Pleistocene animals were also recovered. In the hope of finding a link to Paleo Indian behavior, a research team involving many different colleges and universities was tasked to investigate. The process of learning about these animals has lead to a journey of discovery about the landscape and natural history of the Monterey Bay region at the end of the Great Ice Age. This lecture will highlight some of the many insights we have gained, and will share information about our recovery of the remains of creatures that were once top of the menu for first people - but have vanished from our world as if they had never been. Mark Hylkema is the Santa Cruz District Archaeologist for California State Parks, and manages cultural resources within 32 parks in an area ranging from San Francisco to the Pajaro River. Mark also works on many other projects throughout the state and has 32 years experience in California archaeology, with an emphasis on Native American culture. In addition to State Parks, he is an adjunct professor of Anthropology at Foothill College, and has taught anthropology courses at Santa Clara University, University of California at Santa Cruz, De Anza College, Ohlone College, and Cabrillo College. Sesnon House Cabrillo College, 6500 Soquel Drive, Aptos, California. http://www.santacruzarchsociety.org/calendar.html
- "Lost Walls/Murals Rebuilt: Interdisciplinary approaches to the Conservation of Preclassic Maya Wall Paintings from San Bartolo, Guatemala": January 18, 12:00 PM. Cotsen Institute of Archaeology Talk. Caitlin O'Grady, A222 Fowler, UCLA
Courtesy Mike Ruggeri.