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MARI and the Stone Center engaging in outreach programs
Tulane University visits Lafourche Parish during Indigenous Day

On October 7, 2022, M.A.R.I. with the assistance of The Stone Center coordinated their first outreach program to two of Lafourche Parish’s Elementary Schools: South Larose Elementary (SLES) and Cut Off Elementary (COES). Tulane’s Maya scholar and teacher of Kaqchikel Ixnal Ambrocia Cuma presented an illustrated story about Maya culture and her experiences growing up as a Maya woman. Through the story of Amalia, a girl who wants to become a teacher, students learned about Maya cosmovision and their sacred relationships with nature. Ixnal showed her handmade Mayan textile clothing and gave a short weaving demonstration while discussing its social and religious meanings. M.A.R.I. Archives Manager Emily Davis-Hale explained to the students the importance of historical writing and calendrics for the ancient Maya.

A special thank you to the 5th-grade teachers at Cut Off Elementary: Rebecca Comeaux, Bridget Allen, and Angelle Messer, the South Larose Elementary School: Principal Dana Gros, Guidance Counselor Margo Polkey, Vice Principal Scarlet Griffin, and teachers Hailey Kiger, Angelle Galjour, and Katie Pinell. We would also like to thank Mr. Barry Orgeron for his financial contribution to make this day possible.

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GIS team
Sharing New Technology to Uncover the Past

Three members of Tulane's anthropology department—Marcello Canuto, Professor and M.A.R.I. Director, Luke Auld-Thomas, PhD candidate, and Francisco Estrada-Belli, Research Assistant Professor—discuss the recent expansion of their Geographic Information Systems Technology Lab (GISLAB), which has become a hub for worldwide collaboration in anthropological technology advancement.

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Publication 73 cover
Announcing our new publication: Archaeological Reconnaissance in Eastern Campeche, Mexico

Publication 73, Archaeological Reconnaissance in Eastern Campeche, Mexico: Chactun, Tamchen, and Lagunita

Editor: Ivan Šprajc

This edited volume summarizes recent research and archaeological investigations at the Maya sites of Chactun, Tamchen, and Lagunita, Campeche, Mexico, located in an area previously little-known to researchers. Situated between the Chenes architectural region to the north, and the Río Bec region to the south, this intermediate zone shares many features of the surrounding areas, but there is also evidence that suggests affinities with more distant regions. Data from aerial photographs and lidar mapping reveal a densely occupied and highly modified landscape. The volume includes site descriptions, a discussion of the zoomorphic façade at Lagunita, an analysis of the sites’ ceramics, documentation of stelae and altars, and examination of a possible ceremonial offering. The book features extensive photos and illustrations, including 28 beautiful color plates.

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