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Khipu Symposium – August 12th, 2023

One hundred years ago Leland Locke published The Ancient Quipu or Peruvian Knot Record, a seminal work in the study of the khipu, the communications system of colored and knotted cords utilized by the peoples of the Andes in lieu of a script-based writing system.  In celebration of this centennial, the Boundary End Archaeology Research Center (BEARC) is pleased to present this one-day public symposium in which seven khipu scholars will discuss the current state of research, from the khipu’s possible origins in the Middle Horizon (ca. 600–1000 CE), through its importance in the Inka Empire, to its continued use in contemporary times.

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Time, Space and History on the Aztec Sun Stone

Boundary End Center sponsored a livestream lecture by Dr. David Stuart.
Stuart offers a new vision of the monument that goes beyond the well-established solar interpretations, placing it in a specific historical and physical context. The Aztec Sun Stone or “Calendar Stone” is an iconic artwork, and one of the oldest subjects of study by Mesoamerican scholars since its surprise discovery in 1790. During this livestream David will present the design as a grouping of numerous embedded and layered Nahuatl hieroglyphs with both mythical and historical meanings.
Taken together they lead to a new view of the Sun Stone as a personalized statement of rulership and cosmic identity, presenting the visage of the deified Mexica ruler Moteczomah II at the center of time and space.
This talk is based on Stuart’s recent book King and Cosmos: An Interpretation of the Aztec Calendar Stone. 
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El Boundary End Archaeological Reasearch Center se enorgullece en presentar al Dr. David Stuart con la ponencia titulada: “Time, Space and History on the Aztec Sun Stone”, que se llevará a cabo en vivo por YouTube el Jueves 18 de agosto a las 5pm hora Ciudad de México.
Stuart nos compartirá una nueva visión sobre el monumento, considerando el contexto espacial e histórico, que va más allá de las interpretaciones conocidas. La Piedra del Sol es un ícono de la escultura Mexica, y uno de los objetos más estudiados desde su descubrimiento en 1790.
En esta presentación David mostrará el diseño, como un grupo de glifos nahuas que incorpora numerosas capas de significados míticos e históricos. Poniéndolos juntos, nos llevan a una nueva perspectiva de La Piedra del Sol como un monumento personalizado de identidad cósmica y oficial, que personifica al gobernante mexica Moteczomah II al centro del tiempo y el espacio.
Esta charla está basada en el libro más reciente de David Stuart “King and Cosmos: An Interpretation of the Aztec Calendar Stone”. Para más información visita nuestro sitio web:
En el siguiente enlace podrás acompañarnos a ver la sesión en vivo

Updated: Research Reports on Ancient Maya Writing

In 1984 George Stuart began a series of short publications focused on the decipherment of Maya hieroglyphs. These reports reflecting the burgeoning progress in “cracking the code” during those years. They were typically short contributions, designed to fill a need outside the normal scope of archaeology journals such as American Antiquity (more specialized peer-review journals such as Ancient Meosamerica or Latin American Antiquity would come later). The old Notes on Middle American Archaeology and Ethnology of the Carnegie Institution of Washington served as a model. Over time the Research Reports on Ancient Maya Writing were established as a standard outlet for progress in Maya decipherment. Numerous important papers and notes were produced. Publication of the RRAMW has been less constant in recent years, but Boundary End Archaeological Research Center (formerly the Center for Maya Research) continues to issue new numbers. These are posted on BEARC’s Maya Decipherment blog and are added to our digital archive, where all former numbers can be accessed. Hardcopies of most early numbers of the Research Reports are still available for purchase.

Potential contributions to RRAMW can be submitted to

New, Flexible Residencies at Boundary End

Boundary End offers short-term opportunities for scholars, artists and other creative individuals to reside and work at Boundary End. These usually involve topics related to its core mission in the study of the ancient Americas, and allow access to the library and workspaces of the center. There are two types of residencies. Boundary End Residencies range from a few days to one month (four weeks). The George Stuart Residencies, named after the founder of Boundary End, are longer terms of up to three months, or a single academic term. Neither residency program comes with a stipend or other financial support, and lodging and use of the research materials of the Center are free of charge. Residential scholars are usually expected to offer a public presentation (live and/or streamed online) related to their activities.

To inquire about residencies and dates, please contact us at at least three months in advance. Please include a preliminary description of your project, a current CV. We will work with accepted applicants to accommodate requests, given other possible constraints on Center activities and schedule.

BEARC Receives an American Rescue Plan Humanities Grant for 2021-22

We are excited to announce that Boundary End Archaeology Research Center was awarded an American Rescue Plan Humanities Grant from North Carolina Humanities, a statewide nonprofit and state affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities in September 2021. We are grateful to be among the organizations selected to receive this grant funding designed to help nonprofit organizations sustain their operations and public programs through the coronavirus pandemic. Thanks to this generous support and that of many individual donors and volunteers, we were able to continue to make progress curating our special collection and keeping the Stuart Library in tip-top condition over the course of the pandemic. We’ve also been able to increase the educational resources and content available to all through our online platforms. This is the first time BEARC has received a grant from North Carolina Humanities, one of the oldest and largest cultural funders and humanities program providers in North Carolina whose mission our founder, Dr. George Stuart, was also dedicated to advancing during his lifetime.

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