Mary Kate Kelly

Mary Kate Kelly is a PhD Candidate at Tulane University, studying the linguistics of Maya hieroglyphic writing. This year she is a George Stuart Residential Scholar at the Boundary End Center in North Carolina, working on her dissertation. Her research looks at 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.


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Bill Ringle
Maya at the Lago Presenter

Professor of Anthropology, Davidson College, and co-director of the Bolonchen Regional Archaeological Project. His interests include ancient Maya political organization and community formation in northern Yucatan, external relations with western Mesoamerica, Maya art and writing, and the application of digital methods.

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Tomás Gallareta Negrón
Maya at the Lago Presenter

Tomás Gallareta Negrón (PhD 2013, Tulane University) is Research Associate of Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia (INAH) in Yucatán, México, and Co-Director, with William Ringle and George Bey, of the Bolonchen Regional Archaeological Project (BRAP).

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George J Bey III
Maya at the Lago Presenter

George J. Bey III is Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology/Anthropology, Millsaps College. He holds the Chisholm Chair in Arts and Sciences. His area of focus is northern Yucatan, initially at Ek Balam on the northern plains (together with William Ringle) and since 2000 in the Puuc region, in collaboration with Ringle and Tomas Gallareta Negrón.

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Jeffrey B. Glover
Maya at the Lago Presenter

I am currently an Associate Professor in the Department of Anthropology at Georgia State University. My interest in Anthropology started when I was an undergraduate at Vanderbilt University. Following Vanderbilt, I joined the Ph.D. program at the University of California, Riverside (UCR). At UCR I began working in northern Quintana Roo as a member of the Yalahau Regional Human Ecology Project.

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Melissa Galván Bernal
Maya at the Lago Presenter

I am a Ph.D. student in the Anthropology Department at Tulane University. My research interests are Mesoamerican prehistory, the role of monumentality and ideology in early sociopolitical developments, as well as the symbolism and use of caves among ancient societies.

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Evan Parker
Maya at the Lago Presenter

Evan Parker is a PhD candidate in the Department of Anthropology at Tulane University. His dissertation research focuses on the intersection of inequality, sport, and ritual in the Northern Maya Lowlands during the Middle Preclassic period (1000-350 BC).

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Barry Kidder
Maya at the Lago Presenter

Barry Kidder has almost 10 years of experience working on the ancient Maya in Belize and Mexico. His doctoral research, which was funded by the National Science Foundation and Lambda Alpha, examines household quality of life and community-level interactions at the site of Ucanha, Yucatan, Mexico.

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Alejandra Alonso
Maya at the Lago Presenter

Alejandra Alonso has a Bachelor Degree in Conservation of Cultural Heritage from the National School of Conservation, Restoration, and Museography (1996), a Master´s Degree in Anthropology from the National University of Mexico (2004), and a PhD in Archaeology from the University of Calgary, Canada (2013).

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Travis Stanton
Maya at the Lago Presenter

Travis Stanton is Professor of Anthropology at the University of California Riverside. He currently co-directs research in the states of Yucatan and Quintana Roo in Mexico and has published seven books and edited volumes on archaeology, in particular on the Maya region.

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Scott R. Hutson
Maya at the Lago Presenter

I began fieldwork in Mesoamerica in 1994 and settled down in the northern lowlands in 1998, thanks to Traci Ardren. I received my PhD in 2004 from the University of California, Berkeley. I recently wrote the book Ancient Urban Maya and edited the book Ancient Maya Commerce but I feel like being a good parent is more important. I am currently wrapping up the Uci-Cansahcab Reigonal Integration project in Yucatan, Mexico.

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Ken Seligson
Maya at the Lago Presenter

Ken Seligson is a Lecturer in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Southern California. He has been a member of the Bolonchén Regional Archaeological Project for the past nine years. His research focuses on human-environmental relationships in the Puuc Region, specifically relating to the production of burnt lime.

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Maxime Lamoureux-St-Hilaire
Maya at the Lago Presenter

Maxime is currently 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.

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Dr. Dionisio Urbina
Site Director / Onsite Archaeologist

Dr.  Dionisio  Urbina  has  worked  in  the  field  of  archaeology  for  over  25  years.  Dr.  Urbina’s excavations have spanned everything from big Bronze Age settlements to a medieval castle, including  Iron  Age,  Roman  or  Visigothic  sites:  cities,  villages,  kilns,  baths,  military  camps, and farms.

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Dr. Angeliki Kottaridi
Site Director

Kottaridi began her studies of Archaeology and Art History with the Faculty ofAUTHwhere she graduated with honors. Shortly thereafter, she was awarded a scholarship from Germany to continue her postgraduate studies in areas including Classical, Proistoriki and Medieval Archaeology, the History of Art, Ancient and Medieval Studies in Ethnology, and Theatre Studies at the University of Cologne.

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Inês Vaz Pinto
Site Director

Inês Vaz Pinto studied History and Archaeology at Universidade Livre, in Lisbon (Portugal), where she graduated. She got a scholarship from the University of Arizona, in Tucson, where she studied Classical Archaeology and got her MA.

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Mat Saunders
Founder and Executive Director / Program Director

Mat’s work at Davidson Day expands beyond the classroom and into Anthropology and Archaeology with AFAR. Not only does AFAR operate field schools every summer, but is host to two major conferences, provides a summer program for elementary students, and is building new programs to provide pre-collegiate students an opportunity to discover and learn about archaeology.

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