The thing that makes the Maya at the Playa Conference so special can be seen below. We have gone to great lengths to coordinate a meeting of some of the best minds in the field of Maya archaeology and culture and you have the opportunity to learn right beside them. Many names and faces will need no description but we also have some of the brightest young stars in field who will be on site sharing their research.

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Alexandre TokovinineAlexandre Tokovinine

Alexandre Tokovinine is Maya epigrapher and archaeologist. He participated in several projects in Guatemala including the Holmul Archaeological Project and Proyecto Arqueológico de Investigación y Rescate Naranjo. Alexandre received his Ph.D. degree in Anthropology at Harvard University in 2008. His doctoral research centered on Classic Maya place names and was supported by the Junior Fellowship at Dumbarton Oaks. Alexandre’s other research projects include 3D documentation of Classic Maya sculpture and contributions to Ancient Maya Art at Dumbarton Oaks. Alexandre is Assistant Professor at the Department of Anthropology, University of Alabama. His past academic appointments include Research Associate of the Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions at the Peabody Museum and Lecturer at the Department of Anthropology, Harvard University.





Jaime AweJaime Awe

Jaime Awe is a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Northern Arizona University, as well as Emeritus member of the Belize Institute of Archaeology, where he served as Director from 2003 to 2014.  Between 1990 and 2000, he taught in the Anthropology Departments of Trent University in Ontario, Canada, then at the Universities of New Hampshire and Montana.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of London, England.  During his extensive career in archaeology, Awe has conducted important research and conservation work at most of the major sites in Belize (including Altun Ha, Baking Pot, Cahal Pech, Caracol, Cerros, Lamanai, Lubaantun, and Xunantunich, and Actun Tunichil Muknal, Chechem Ha, and Barton Creek Caves).  He has also published numerous articles in various books, journals, and magazines, and his research has been featured in several national and international television documentaries.




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Stan Guenter

Stanley Guenter studied archaeology at the University of Calgary, La Trobe University in Melbourne, Australia, and Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, before receiving his Ph.D. in Anthropology from the latter in 2014. He has worked with three projects in Guatemala, at the sites of El Peru-Waka, La Corona, and a number in the Mirador Basin, as well as at Cahal Pech in Belize with AFAR, at Lake Minnewanka, in the Rocky Mountains of Alberta, Canada, and at Phnom Kulen in Cambodia. Stan's work involves combining archaeological, epigraphic, and ethnohistoric data to better understand ancient civilizations and their history, and to compare this with paleoenvironmental data to better understand how ancient societies affected and were affected by their changing climates.




Harri KettunenHarri Kettunen

Harri Kettunen has carried out interdisciplinary research projects on Maya related topics, combining archaeology, anthropology, iconography, epigraphy, and linguistics. His publications include textbooks on Maya hieroglyphs, methodological studies on Maya iconography, and interdisciplinary articles on Mesoamerican related topics. Harri is currently working as an Academy of Finland Research Fellow at the University of Helsinki.





Marc ZenderMarc Zender

Marc Zender received his PhD from the Department of Anthropology and Archaeology of the University of Calgary in 2004. He has taught at the University of Calgary (2002-2004) and Harvard University (2005-2011), and is now an Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University, New Orleans, where he has taught linguistics, epigraphy, and Mesoamerican indigenous languages (e.g., Yucatec Maya, Classical and Modern Nahuatl) since September 2011. Marc’s research interests include anthropological and historical linguistics, comparative writing systems, and archaeological decipherment, with a regional focus on Mesoamerica (particularly Mayan and Nahuatl/Aztec). He is the author of several books and dozens of articles exploring these subjects. In addition to his research and writing, Marc is the editor of The PARI Journal, and (with Joel Skidmore) co-maintainer of Mesoweb, a major Internet resource for students of Mesoamerican cultures.


Marcello CanutoMarcello Canuto

Marcello Canuto is the current Director of Tulane University's Middle American Research Institute and an Associate Professor of Anthropology. His academic interests include household and community dynamics, socio-political organization of the prehispanic Maya, the definition of identity through material culture, and the modern social contexts of archaeology in Mesoamerica.

He has conducted research primarily in Mexico, Belize, and Honduras, where he recently completed field research in the El ParaÌso valley, located near the Classic Maya city of Copan where he is investigating the role and salience of ethnic diversity in the Classic Maya polity. Currently he is co-directing a multi-disciplinary research project in Peten, Guatemala - Proyecto Regional Arqueológico La Corona (PRALC) - that explores the completely unstudied northwestern portion of the Guatemalan Peten where the heart of the lowland Maya civilization was located. This project brings together an international multi-disciplinary team of archaeologists, geologists, and ecologists that range in experience from professional to undergraduate.




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