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George Stuart explores Balankanche Cave, Yucatan

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First, let me say hello and best wishes to George Stuart who is at home in North Carolina and is grapling with cancer and under hospice care. Today I’m posting an excellent lecture by Dr. George Stuart on his adventures exploring the magnificent Balankanche Caves as part of the Maya Field Workshop in Yucatan. I videotaped this at the Hacienda Chichen last December 2013 right before the group toured the actual cave site and saw the amazing “Ceiba Tree” formed by stalactites and stalagmites. Meanwhile, please visit the Caring Bridge website and offer your thoughts and best wishes to George.

 

George and Melinda Stuart enjoying the gardens around the entrance to Balankanche Caves.

George and Melinda Stuart enjoying the gardens around the entrance to Balankanche Caves.

 

George and David Stuart lectured during the Maya Field Workshop at the Hacienda Chichen surrounded by Merle Greene Robertson's famous original Maya iconography rubbings.

George and David Stuart lectured during the Maya Field Workshop at the Hacienda Chichen surrounded by Merle Greene Robertson’s famous original Maya iconography rubbings.

George and David Stuart lectured during the Maya Field Workshop at the Hacienda Chichen surrounded by Merle Greene Robertson’s famous original Maya iconography rubbings.

 

 

 

Maya Field Workshops announce Tikal, Yaxha, Uaxactun, Aguateca, Seibal itinerary

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Map-Tikal

Maya Field Workshops has announced more details for it’s December 2014 Itinerary:

Workshops are led by Dr. David Stuart, just named by National Geographic as among the Seven Great Innovators of Archaeology!

  • Saturday Dec 6: Arrivals at Flores Airport. You will have transportation provided to Tikal. Welcome Dinner and Introductions
  • Sunday Dec 7: Visit to Tikal
  • Monday Dec 8: Visit to Tikal
  • Tuesday Dec 9: Visit to Yaxha
  • Wednesday Dec 12: Visit to Uaxactun
  • Thursday Dec 13: Travel to Lake Petexbatun on the Pasion River
  • Friday Dec 14: Aguateca visit by boat
  • Saturday Dec 15: Seibal visit by boat. Return to Flores for Farewell Party
  • Sunday Dec 16: Departures from Flores Airport

I have participated in the last two Maya Field Workshops (Palenque and Yucatan) and can attest to the extraordinary value of learning from David Stuart and benefit from the awesome travel logistics of David’s big sister, Dr. Ann Stuart. My advice is to sign up early because the workshops fill up fast.

 

Air service from Cancun to new Palenque airport announced

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A new airport has opened in Palenque and Interjet has inaugurated twice-weekly flights from Mexico City. Additional service from Cancun to Palenque has also been announced, though no date has been set. This is expected to increase visitors since presently U.S. travelers typically have to make a 2 hour journey from Villahermosa’s airport. In fact, today comes word from The Yucatan Times that Merida will become a hub for Interjet so that it can serve the “Maya World” with regional routes to states such as Tabasco, Campeche, Chiapas, Veracruz and Oaxaca, among others.

IMS honors Maya ceramic photographer – Barbara Kerr

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Justin and Barbara Kerr
(Photo by way of
Elaine Schele’s blogpost.)

The Institute of Maya Studies (IMS) May 2014 newsletter notes the passing of Barbara Kerr (Justin Kerr’s wife) on April 28, 2014.

I had the pleasure of chatting with Justin at last September’s Maya at the Playa in Florida and enjoyed hearing of his and Barbara’s extraordinary 50-year journey as they traveled the world to document and create the famous “Kerr-numbered” photos so often credited in Maya academic works and publications.

As noted in the IMS newsletter: “For over fifty years, they (Barbara and Justin) have been on a mission to steadfastly document and photograph Precolumbian objects and then make their images freely available on the Internet for scholarly and educational purposes. The dynamic duo were already well-established as professional photographers in New York, and as their interest in and passion for Precolumbian art grew, they succeeded in carving out a rather unique professional niche as the “go-to” photographers for museums, scholars, collectors, and art galleries who commissioned them to visually document all kinds of artifacts, not just ceramics, in various media.

Their work inspired Justin to become a teacher, epigrapher, publisher, and inventor while Barbara became a noted restorer of damaged ceramics and sculptures. From the beginning, their goal, Kerr said, has been ‘to reach back through the centuries and capture today on film something of the mind and spirit of the great Maya people.’ And the journey they have taken has changed the way we see the past.”

 

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