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New BEC Board Members announced

In keeping with George Stuart’s vision and with many exciting activities under way, the BEC board has been expanded to include those who study Ancient America from many backgrounds and disciplines. Read more about their backgrounds here.

  • David Stuart (President)
  • Ann Stuart (Treasurer)
  • Jeff Splitstoser (Vice President)
  • Heather Hurst (Board)
  • Gabrielle Vail (Board)
  • Mat Saunders (Board)
  • Chris Calvert (Board)
  • John Daigle (Board)

Latest News

Maya on the Mountain held at BEC

The Maya on the Mountain hieroglyphic workshop, led by David Stuart, was held at the Boundary End Center from April 22-24. The workshop was a great success, and brought 12 “glyphers” to the teaching facility and library of BEC for a productive time investigating the inscriptions of the Classic Maya site of Cobá. Along with George Stuart Residential Scholar Mary Kate Kelly, David Stuart and the 12 participants studied several key monuments of this important Maya center and the dates,

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A Public Workshop Held at BEC

This past Saturday, over 40 members of the Asheville community visited the Boundary End Center for an introductory workshop on the “Archaeology and Writing System of the  Ancient Maya”. The workshop was a success, and we had the pleasure to work with a wide spectrum of people, from a local school kid, to neighboring lifelong learners, and faculty members of UNC-Asheville and Warren Wilson College. The workshop was co-organized in partnership with Asheville Sister Cities (San Cristobal de las Casas)

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Major book donation by the Institute of Maya Studies

The Institute of Maya Studies of Miami, FL, has recently donated their entire library to BEC. This book donation, which fills three entire columns of our expanding library, is portrayed above. The members of IMS had been accumulating this library for decades, and we at the BEC are grateful that they chose us as the right home for their many volumes. Beyond books on the ancient and modern Maya, the IMS library includes many books on Central Mexico. Many of the

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A Public Workshop at BEC on March 30

In collaboration with Sister Cities Asheville: San Cristobal de la Casas, we are glad to announce an upcoming workshop on March 30, from 1-4pm: An Introduction to Ancient Maya Archaeology and Hieroglyphic writing by Maxime Lamoureux-St-Hilaire, Ph.D.George Stuart Residential Scholar, Boundary End CenterAdjunct Visiting Professor, UNC-Asheville&Mary Kate Kelly, M.A.George Stuart Residential Scholar, Boundary End CenterPh.D. Candidate, Tulane University Come learn about ancient Maya Civilization at the Boundary End Center (BEC), beautifully located in Barnardsville, at the base of the Big

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Maya on the Mountain: The Inscriptions of Cobá

The Boundary End Center is delighted to announce a Hieroglyphic Workshop – Maya on the Mountain: The Inscriptions of Cobá – led by David Stuart and slated for April 22-24. Cobá — a site located in modern Quintana Roo, Mexico — has played an important role for BEC. George Stuart lived there from 1974-75 with his wife Gene and his children, including Ann and David Stuart; an experience which shaped David’s passion for the ancient Maya. This immersive workshop will

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A Mayanists’ Retreat at BEC

A Mayanists’ Retreat at BEC The BEC hosted a retreat for the Mayanists of North Carolina over the first weekend of February. This fun event grouped several scholars (in alphabetical order): Dylan Clark, Rachel Horowitz, Mary Kate Kelly, Maxime Lamoureux-St-Hilaire, Patricia McAnany, David Mora-Morin, Dorie Reents-Budet, Yuko Shiratori, Kaili Sullivan, and Brent Woodfill. These scholars came from distinct institutions in NC and SC, including UNC-Chapel Hill, UNC-Asheville, Appalachian State University, Winthrop University, and the NC Art Museum. This gathering of a large

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