GAAS September meeting featuring Archaeologist Dr. Glover discussing The Maritime Maya

Submitted by Allen Vegotsky (Greater Atlanta Archaeological Society)

Welcome back to a new year of exciting archaeological talks beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 13th, with Dr. Jeffrey Glover of Georgia State University’s Department of Anthropology as our initial speaker. His talk will is titled The Maritime Maya: Recent Interdisciplinary Investigations at the Ancient Maya Port Site of Vista Alegre.

 We have scheduled an optional informal dinner with the speaker and his students at Los Loros (Mexican appropriately) at 5:30 PM. (Let me know if you plan to be at the dinner so I can reserve sufficient space for the group.) The restaurant is on Clairmont Road in a small shopping area just south and west of the intersection with N. Decatur Rd. Dr. Glover’s talk will begin at 7 PM at the Fernbank Museum of Natural History, Clifton Road, just north of Ponce de Leon.

 The talk will cover Dr. Jeffrey Glover’s recent archaeological investigations at the ancient Maya port site of Vista Alegre. Located along the north coast of the Yucatan Peninsula, the work of Glover and colleagues is shedding light on this little known section of coastline.

 This past field season, a conference sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Adminsistration’s Ocean Exploration and Research program, brought together an international team of scholars to address a broad array of research questions focused on coastal ecology, hydrogeology, geoarchaeology, biological anthropology, along with more traditional archaeological inquiries. While we are still waiting on the analysis of many of the samples, Glover will highlight the benefits of this interdisciplinary project and discuss our current understanding of the site’s history, ranging from c. 800/700 BC to the 16th century AD.