March 24, 2019  

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Southern Miss Observes Maya Week

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The University of Southern Mississippi is hosting Maya Week on its Hattiesburg campus the week of Sept. 29-Oct. 2. Hosted by the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, a lecture series over the course of the week will consist of four presentations of research from several sites in Belize and Guatemala. All of the presenters are recent Ph.D. recipients or doctoral candidates who have just returned from summer fieldwork and will be discussing their findings.

The first presentation featured Amanda Harvey of the University of Nevada-Reno, who received her master’s degree from Southern Miss in 2011. She presented “Three Decades of Research at Tipu, Bilize (1538-1613),” which is an analysis of the skeletal remains recovered from the colonial Maya site in Belize. The artifacts, which are currently curated at Southern Miss, date from the 16th and 17th centuries. Some of the week’s other presenters will also be gathering data from the Tipu site to use in their own research while they are here, since it is one of the largest and best-preserved Mayan collections.

The topics for the other presentations include an analysis of hieroglyphics in Guatemala, native adaptations to Spanish contact, an investigation of migration and modern dating techniques using bone chemistry, and a discussion of the ways in which climate change affected population in the Mayan Lowlands.

“These are young scholars, and this is cutting-edge research that applies to a variety of disciplines: biology, history, geography and chemistry, just to name a few,” said Dr. Marie Danforth, professor of Anthropology.

Maya Week continues this week and is free and open to the public. For a full schedule of events, visit