Heather Hurst has participated in twenty years of fieldwork in Mesoamerica, including the sites of Bonampak, Copán, Holmul, Oxtotitlán, Palenque, Piedras Negras, and Tikal, with research interests including artists’ materials and practice, architecture, and conservation. Pairing illustration, archaeology, and materials science, she has focused her research on the outstanding corpus of murals at San Bartolo, Guatemala, from 300-100 BCE. Through this interdisciplinary approach, Hurst has earned the accolades of a MacArthur “Genius” Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. Her work has been published in National Geographic and Science, and exhibited at the Met, The National Gallery of Art, and LACMA. In 2018, Hurst became the director of the San Bartolo-Xultun Regional Archaeology Project, an international, multi-institutional collaboration.
Heather will present The Murals of San Bartolo: A Maya Masterpiece in Pieces at ArchaeoCon on Saturday, March 5 at 1:00 pm ET.