February 20, 2023
Image: Late Classic Polychrome Vase from Buenavista del Cayo, Belize (Courtesy of Jason Yaeger)
The Southwest Texas Archaeological Society (San Antonio) has an active agenda planned for 2023. M. Kathryn Brown, President of the Society, shares an update with us below.
“The Southwest Texas Archaeological Society has enjoyed returning to face-to-face lectures and gatherings and we are excited to be expanding our community. In fall of 2022, we shifted our lecture venue to the University of Texas at San Antonio. Our first lecture in this new venue was entitled “Classic Maya Divine Kingship and the Royal Tombs of Buenavista del Cayo, Belize” by Dr. Jason Yaeger (Professor of Anthropology at the University of Texas at San Antonio). Dr. Yaeger’s talk featured a newly discovered Maya tomb that contained several beautifully painted polychrome vessels depicting ritual scenes (an example is seen above). Following on the heels of this lecture, we were pleased to have Dr. Jessica Nowlin (Assistant Professor of Philosophy and Classics at University of Texas at San Antonio) present on her research on December 8, 2022. Her talk entitled “Sardinia and the Corrupting Sea: Nuragic Responses to Mediterranean Colonialism” was very well received and we were delighted to have so many students in attendance. This spring, we have a number of exciting lectures and events planned. On March 2, Dr. Ian Jones (AIA Kershaw Lecturer) will present his lecture “Industry, Commerce, and Revolution: Ayla, Humayma, and the Southernmost Levant during the Early Islamic Period.” In addition to several other lectures we will host in 2023, we also plan to tour the University of Texas at San Antonio’s Center for Archaeological Research location and learn about their community education efforts through their Legacy Program.”
We’re delighted to hear the Southwest Texas Archaeological Society has such an active lecture schedule for 2022/2023 and we hope they continue to see strong numbers at their new venue!