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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

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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Recent volunteer in residence – Anne Higgins

Recent volunteer in residence – Anne Higgins The staff at Boundary End Center has been delighted to host Anne Higgins as a volunteer in residence over the past two weeks. Anne Higgins, a computer programmer by trade, has been studying ancient Mesoamerica and exploring the Maya world for decades. She also has a keen interest for rock art. Anne came to BEC to assist with archiving and documenting our sizable library collection. In particular, Anne has helped with the creation

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BEC goes to the 12th Annual Maya at the Playa

The 12th Annual Maya at the Playa — co-organized by BEC board member Mat Saunders and BEC George Stuart Residential Scholar Maxime Lamoureux-St-Hilaire — took place from September 20-23 in Palm Coast, FL.  This year, the conference focussed on Caves and the Underworld. Presentations included reports on recent research led in cave systems from across the Maya world, including those of Chichen Itza, by James Brady and Allan Cobb; coastal Quintana Roo, by Dominique Rissolo; Western Belize, by Jaime Awe, Holley

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Inaugural George Stuart Residential Scholars Appointed

The Boundary End Center is delighted to announce that Mary Kate Kelly and Maxime Lamoureux-St-Hilaire have been appointed as the inaugural George Stuart Residential Scholars for the Fall and Spring Semesters of the 2018-19 academic year. Mary Kate Kelly (M.A., B.A.) is a Ph.D. Candidate in Linguistic Anthropology at Tulane University, where her advisor is Dr. Marc Zender. Her doctoral research investigates the sociopolitical influences on linguistic variation in Late Classic Maya hieroglyphic writing. At BEC, Mary Kate is working on completing her

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Valladolid Mayor and Yucatan Team meets at BEC

  A 17-person delegation including leaders from Yucatan visited BEC in mid-October. It was led by the current Municipal President (Mayor) of Valladolid, Alpha Alejandra Tavera Escalante and staff from the Ayuntamiento de Valladolid. Asheville Sisters Cities, Inc. organized and hosted the visit from one of the Maya sister cities, Valladolid, Yucatan. The delegation included members of the Asheville Sister Cities Valladolid and San Cristobal de las Casas. After touring the beautiful grounds with horse stables and a unique Stone

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New Scholar-in-Residence at Boundary End Center

News from BEC Archivist, Dylan Clark: This summer George Scheer, director of the Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, NC is in residence at Boundary End Center until mid-August, writing a draft of his dissertation in the library. The BEC library, was founded by renowned Maya and Ancient American archaeologist, George Stuart.  George Scheer has also been kind enough to share some of his experience and insights with us about developing a residency program in a non-profit setting. He has also provided constructive

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