Jaime AweJaime Awe is an 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.  After receiving his Ph.D. from the Institute of Archaeology at University College London, Awe taught in the Anthropology Departments of Trent University, and at the Universities of New Hampshire and Montana. Between 2003 – 2014, he served as the first Director of the Belize Institute of Archaeology where he was responsible for managing the cultural heritage of this Central American country. He subsequently joined the faculty at Northern Arizona University in 2014. During his extensive career in archaeology, Dr. Awe has conducted important research and conservation at most of the major archaeological sites in Belize, he has published numerous articles in various books, journals, and magazines, and his research has been featured in several national and international television documentaries.  His diverse research interests also cover topics that span from the Preceramic period to the time of European contact in Belize.


ML18H09 200Stanley Guenter studied archaeology at the University of Calgary, La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, before receiving his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the latter in 2014. He has worked with three projects in Guatemala, at the sites of El Peru-Waka, La Corona, and a number in the Mirador Basin, as well as at Cahal Pech in Belize with AFAR, at Lake Minnewanka, in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada, and at Phnom Kulen in Cambodia. Stan's work involves combining archaeological, epigraphic, and ethnohistoric data to better understand ancient civilizations and their history, and to compare this with paleoenvironmental data to better understand how ancient societies affected and were affected by their changing climates.



Mary Kate Kelly

 Mary Kate Kelly is currently a Fellow at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library, working toward a PhD in Linguistic Anthropology at Tulane University. Mary Kate's dissertation, under the direction of Marc Zender, focuses on the linguistics of Maya hieroglyphic writing. Her research studies the linguistic variation present in the inscriptions, in order to gain better insight as to the distribution of different but related linguistic groups among the Maya. Her interests lie at the crossroads of language, literature, and culture, and extend to historical linguistics and the world’s writing systems.




Maxime Lamoureux St Hilaire 

Maxime Lamoureux-St-Hilaire currently is a Ph.D. Candidate in Anthropology at Tulane University and a Junior Research Fellow at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library. His dissertation research focuses on the political institution of the Classic Maya royal court. Max investigates this topic by excavating the regal palace of La Corona, Guatemala, and by reading a ton of comparative literature. Over the years, Max has dug holes looking for old things around Guatemala, Belize, Mexico, Honduras, and Québec.




Marc Zender

Marc Zender received his PhD from the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology of 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 at Tulane University, New Orleans, where he has taught linguistics, epigraphy, and Mesoamerican indigenous languages (e.g., Yucatec and Ch’orti’ Maya, Classical and Modern 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). He is the author of several books and dozens of articles exploring these topics. In addition to his research and writing, Marc is the editor of The PARI Journal, and (with Joel Skidmore) co-maintainer of Mesoweb, a major Internet resource for students of Mesoamerican cultures.












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