Midwest Mesos Preliminary Schedule

Here is the preliminary schedule for the Midwest Mesos conference.  Please check back for the final schedule, and for news about the post-conference reception.


Midwest Conference on Mesoamerican Archaeology and Ethnohistory

University of Chicago, March 16-17, 2018


Friday, March 16, Keynote address 

5-6 pm Lowland Maya Archaeology in a Gilded Age: The University of Pennsylvania Museum’s Tikal Project

Hattula Moholy-Nagy, Consulting Scholar, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology


Saturday, March 17

9-9:30 Formative pottery types in Tayata site, Mixteca Alta: A regional and macro-regional perspective

Maria Teresa Palomares Rodriguez, Doctoral Student, Southern Illinois University

9:30-10 The Tale of the Maya Urns from Lake Petha, Chiapas: Context, Iconography, Sourcing, Surprises

Joel Palka, University of Illinois at Chicago

10-10:30 I Threw it All Away; Consumer goods at the 19th century Maya refugee site at Tikal, Guatemala

James Meierhoff, University of Illinois at Chicago


10:30-11 Coffee Break


11-11:30 Dressing: Essence and Transformation in Maya Iconography

Karon Winzenz, Professor Emerita, University of Wisconsin-Green Bay

11:30-12 Vitality Materialized: On the Piercing and Adornment of the Body in Mesoamerica

Andrew Finegold, University of Illinois at Chicago

12-12:30 Comparative Analysis of Copper Artifacts from Mensabak, Chiapas, Mexico

Jackson Krause, Joel Palka, Department of Anthropology, University of Illinois at Chicago


12:30-2 Lunch break


2-2:30 Stones of Sight: Ethnographic and Ethnohistorical Analogies for Interpreting Classic Maya Effigy Flints and Obsidians

Zachary Hruby, Northern Kentucky University

2:30-3 The invention of an ancient object for the art market: a case study of Greater Nicoya style metates

Alanna S. Radlo-Dzur, Graduate student, The Ohio State University

3-3:30 Postclassic Quetzalcoatl in the American Southeast

Alice B. Kehoe, Professor Emeritus, Marquette University


3:30-4 Break


4-4:30 Storm God Chasing in the Valley of Oaxaca

Andrew Kracinski, University of Illinois at Chicago

4:30-5 ‘It’s Our Tradition to Maintain the Forest:’ Indigenous Water Management in San Miguel Totonicapán

Matthew Krystal, North Central College

5-5:30 Calling the Rain, Cutting the Storm: Cultural Models Research as a Pathway to Understanding the Relationship Between Nature and Humans in a Semi-Rural Central Mexican Community

Charles Stapleton, Northern Illinois University and College of DuPage; Maria Stapleton, Northern Illinois University

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