Mesoamerican Conference Keynote Talks

Friday, November 16, 2018 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Natural History Museum of Utah | Rio Tinto Center, 301 Wakara Way, Salt Lake City

Free keynote talks for the Mesoamerican Conference—a symposium at the University of Utah

This is a rare opportunity to see two giants in Maya archaeology. Their work transformed our understanding of this ancient civilization. Dr. Ray Matheny and Dr. Norman Hammond focused on the pre-classic period which had not been well understood. Because of their work, we now understand that the pre-classic period included an advanced state-level civilization as sophisticated and advanced as the classic Maya period. 

TimeKeynote SpeakerTalk
7 p.m.Dr Ray Matheny, (Professor Emeritus Brigham Young University, Anthropology)Memoirs of Research at Edzna, Aguacatal, El Mirador
8 p.m.Dr. Norman Hammond, (University of Cambridge, Boston University)It Takes a Village: Economy and Culture of the Early Lowland Maya
Dr. Matheny is an anthropologist with broad experience in Mesoamerican archaeology, the American Southwest, Utah, and in Bronze and Iron Age Israel. He is interested in the origins of civilizations, especially those of the New World. Norman Hammond's work focuses on pre-Columbian archaeology, especially Mesoamerica; comparative archaeology; history of archaeology; archaeology and the public.
The conference is co-presented by the University of Utah's Department of AnthropologyCollege of Social and Behavioral Science, the Natural History Museum of Utah, and the Foundation for Anthropological Research and Environmental Studies. It is presented this November in conjunction with NHMU's new special exhibition Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed.

The keynote talks are free and open to the public. Museum admission is not required.