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Middle American Research Institute

Founded in 1924, the Middle American Research Institute (M.A.R.I.) at Tulane University strives to promote greater understanding of the vibrant and diverse cultures of Middle America. It stewards an extensive collection of textiles, artifacts, and an archive of letters, field notes, maps, and photographs from the scores of field projects it has sponsored and continues to sponsor. We strive to make these accessible to researchers and the general public through a variety of exhibitions, workshops, and symposia.

Furthermore, M.A.R.I. continues to support anthropological, archaeological, ethnohistorical, linguistic, and ethnographic research projects throughout Mexico and Central America.


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Announcing our new publication:
City, Craft, and Residence in
! A fitting way to launch our online store!   

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Applications for Spring 2020
Internship applications open from November 1st to November 30.
For more information, click here.


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New publication exposes the life and
work of one of M.A.R.I.'s directors!
  • Upcoming Events

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    Brown Bags

    Brown Bag Events

    Brown bag events typically take place on Fridays around noon in Dinwiddie Hall 305. Brown Brown Bag Events invite guest speakers to host seminars at MARI on a wide variety of topics related to the archaeology, history and etnography of Mesoamerica and other world areas. Talks can be delivered in English or Spanish. Attendants are encouraged to bring lunch!
    Browse past and upcoming Brown Bag Events Here

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    Maya Symposium

    Tulane Maya Symposium

    Since 2002, Tulane University has hosted a weekend of talks and workshops dedicated to the study of the Maya civilization. This yearly meeting has called upon scholars from a wide spectrum of specialties to elucidate the many facets of this fascinating Mesoamerican culture.
    Information about the 17th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium can be found Here