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Maps and maritime journals are essential instruments while navigating uncharted waters. However, these sources can also provide other forms to understand landscapes and communities. When French direct trade took the coasts of Peru by storm during the first decades of the eighteenth century, the King of France commissioned sailors to survey the coasts and provide detailed maps and descriptions that could help the French understand the territory better. Nonetheless, these journals were even further than providing navigational information.

Tulane archaeologist uncovers ancient Maya king’s tomb, revealing rare treasures and royal lineage

Language has a natural tendency to change over time – except when it doesn’t. During a 300-year period at Tikal, the demands of genre dictate an astounding adherence to grammatical form in monumental texts of the historical narrative genre. This presentation provides the audience with foundational knowledge on literacy as a social practice before discussing specific findings on the apparent conservatism of grammar in selected Late Classic texts.

The result of decades of work—including the arduous mapping of Maya cities and landscapes, the meticulous cataloging of plant and tree species around settlements, and the truly transformative imagery of ancient fields and towns recently revealed by lidar—it is now increasingly clear that Maya agriculture and arboriculture comprised a complex, sustainable set of practices often taking place directly within and beside ancient settlements.

Since 2020, the MARI-GISLAB team has been focusing on the so-called G-LiHT lidar dataset, published by NASA in 2013. Despite the caveat that these data had not been collected with archaeological research in mind, some studies based on them provided a picture of the Maya settlement in southern Campeche and Southern Quintana Roo, that was in many ways divergent from what we had projected on the basis of the Peten Pacunam lidar data in 2018. Particularly surprising to us was the lack of dense urban zones and the high frequency of agricultural terraces, according to those studies.

M.A.R.I.'s Brown Bag talk series is meant to provide a venue for students and faculty focusing on topics related to Mesoamerica to discuss their latest research in an informal and friendly setting. This week’s talk will focus on “The Role of Women in the Conquest of Mexico”.

The Middle American Research Institute proudly presents the Eighteenth Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop. This year's symposium, titled "Inequality Among the Maya," will explore the rise, role, and forms of inequality throughout Mayan history. The invited scholars will explore this topic across the Maya area and Central Mexico. The symposium will be held March 16th-19th, 2023 (Thursday-Sunday).

More than 40 scholars, musicians, and artists from around the world are set to arrive at Tulane's Stone Center for Latin American Studies and the Middle American Research Institute on March
3rd and 4th to pay homage to the renowned Mesoamerican religious historian, and Chicano activist, Davíd Carrasco. Dr. Carrasco is the Neil L. Rudenstine Professor of the Study of Latin

Indigenous People’s Day Across Louisiana


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