2018 Midwest Mesos Final Schedule

Midwest Conference on Mesoamerican Archaeology and Ethnohistory

Cochrane-Woods Art Center Room 157, 5540 S. Greenwood Ave.

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

Reception to follow


Saturday, March 17

8:30-8:50 Coffee

8:50-9 Opening remarks

9-9:25 Formative pottery at the Tayata site, Mixteca Alta: A regional and macro-regional perspective

Maria Teresa Palomares Rodriguez, doctoral student, Southern Illinois University

9:25-9:50 The Tale of the Maya Urns from Lake Petha, Chiapas: Context, Iconography, Sourcing, Surprises

Joel Palka, Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago

9:50-10:15 I Threw it All Away; Consumer goods at the 19th century Maya refugee site at Tikal, Guatemala

James Meierhoff, doctoral student, University of Illinois at Chicago

10:15-10:45 Coffee Break

10:45-11:10 Dressing: Essence and Transformation in Maya Iconography

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

11:10-11:35 Vitality Materialized: On the Piercing and Adornment of the Body in Mesoamerica

Andrew Finegold, Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago

11:35-12 Comparative Analysis of Copper Artifacts from Mensabak, Chiapas, Mexico

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

12-1:30 Lunch break

1:30-1:55 Stones of Sight: Ethnographic and Ethnohistorical Analogies for Interpreting Classic Maya Effigy Flints and Obsidians

Zachary Hruby, Northern Kentucky University

1:55-2:20 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

2:20-2:45 Postclassic Quetzalcoatl in the American Southeast

Alice B. Kehoe, Professor Emeritus, Marquette University

2:45-3:15 Break

3:15-3:40 Storm God Chasing in the Valley of Oaxaca

Andrew Kracinski, University of Illinois at Chicago

3:40-4:05 ‘It’s Our Tradition to Maintain the Forest:’ Indigenous Water Management in San Miguel Totonicapán

Matthew Krystal, Associate Professor, North Central College

4:05-4:30 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

4:30 Wrap-up

5-8 pm Reception at the Field Museum

Celebrating the Mummies exhibition, and in conjunction with the Annual Midwest Conference on Andean and Amazonian
Archaeology and Ethnohistory

Please enter through the West entrance to the Museum


This conference is supported by generous sponsorship from the University of Chicago Art History Department, the Center for Latin American Studies, the Neubauer Collegium, and the Oriental Institute


Kaqchikel-grown coffee donated by Conscious Bean Coffee, courtesy of Matthew Krystal



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