Mesoamerica Center Events

The Mesoamerica Center aims to facilitate knowledge, learning and understanding about the ancient indigenous cultures and peoples of what is now Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador through education, research, and exchange. The center's primary focus is on the arts, language, and archeology of Mesoamerican civilization. It aims to foster communication among many academic units on campus, highlighting the interdisciplinary strengths of faculty and students at the university. The center also oversees the annual Mesoamerica Meetings (previously The Maya Meetings), a premier academic conference and symposium on Mesoamerican culture, as well as Casa Herrera, a research and teaching facility in the heart of the city of Antigua, Guatemala.

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Upcoming Events

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Textile Art Family Workshop: Color Your Own Textiles and Learn About the Ancient Maya [SPANISH]

¡Los invitamos a participar en una actividad que explorará la historia y arte de los tejidos mayas, en honor al Día Internacional de la Arqueología! Durante este taller de 1 hora, los participantes aprenderán sobre los textiles mayas, utilizando ejemplos vistos en monumentos antiguos de piedra y en vasijas cerámicas. 

Oct 28
2020

12:00 PM

Virtual

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Staging Maya Warfare: The Landscape of the AD 378 Entrada and Its Aftermath

Canopy-penetrating lidar data over the Buenavista Valley of northern Guatemala reveals the setting of the so-called Entrada of AD 378, when the Maya Lowlands became the stage for interactions with Central Mexico. This presentation focuses on the evidence from the landscape, including fortresses, watchtowers, and other militarily strategic alterations to this part of the Maya region.

Oct 30
2020

3:00 PM

Facebook Live Event

Maymester in Guatemala and Belize from University of Texas at Austin Global study abroad program led by faculty into cultural heritage and art seen here with faculty and student

Info Session for 2021 Maymester Program in Guatemala and Belize

Join Professor Astrid Runggaldier and Program Coordinator Milady Casco in the last Info Sessions before the program deadline of November 15th about the "Ancient & Colonial Heritage in Latin America: Cultural Treasures of the Maya" Maymester in Guatemala and Belize. 

Nov 2
2020

4:00 PM

Virtual

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Space, Object, and Identity in the City of the Gods

Teotihuacan was an exemplary and archetypal city of ancient Mexico – and a place where art served to bind the diverse population together. While modern city-dwellers recognize its grid and multi-family dwellings as characteristics of our own urban forms, its monumental pyramids and hidden tunnels speak to a different order, drawn from the power of the natural world.

Nov 6
2020

3:00 PM

Facebook Live Event

Past Events

Graphic for a workshop depicting maya hieroglyphics and coloring pencils for an international archaeology day workshop with the university of texas at austin mesoamerica center

Textile Art Family Workshop: Color Your Own Textiles and Learn About the Ancient Maya [ENGLISH]

Join us for an International Archaeology Day activity as we explore the history and art of Maya textiles! During this 1-hour workshop, participants will learn about textiles in Maya art, from examples depicted on ancient stone monuments and ceramic pots. 

Oct 24
2020

10:00 AM

Virtual

Maymester in Guatemala and Belize from University of Texas at Austin Global study abroad program led by faculty into cultural heritage and art seen here with faculty and student

Info Session for 2021 Maymester Program in Guatemala and Belize

Join Professor Astrid Runggaldier and Program Coordinator Milady Casco in the third of four Info Sessions about the "Ancient & Colonial Heritage in Latin America: Cultural Treasures of the Maya" Maymester in Guatemala and Belize. Learn more about the program, how to apply, and how to receive funding. 

Oct 23
2020

12:00 PM

Virtual

Maymester in Guatemala and Belize from University of Texas at Austin Global study abroad program led by faculty into cultural heritage and art seen here with faculty and student

Info Session for 2021 Maymester Program in Guatemala and Belize

Join Professor Astrid Runggaldier and Program Coordinator Milady Casco in the second of four Info Sessions about the "Ancient & Colonial Heritage in Latin America: Cultural Treasures of the Maya" Maymester in Guatemala and Belize. Learn more about the program, how to apply, and how to receive funding.

Oct 6
2020

5:00 PM

Virtual

Maymester in Guatemala and Belize from University of Texas at Austin Global study abroad program led by faculty into cultural heritage and art seen here with faculty and student

Info Session for 2021 Maymester Program in Guatemala and Belize

Join Professor Astrid Runggaldier and Program Coordinator Milady Casco in the first of four Info Sessions about the "Ancient & Colonial Heritage in Latin America: Cultural Treasures of the Maya" Maymester in Guatemala and Belize. Learn more about the program, how to apply, and how to receive funding.

Sep 24
2020

2:00 PM

Virtual

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The Mesoamerica Center at the Texas Archaeology Fair

Join The Mesoamerica Center at the largest public archaeology event in Austin! Come learn about all the different kinds of archaeological work that happens at UT Austin, including research on the ancient Maya and other cultures of Mesoamerica. 

Oct 20
2018

10:00 AM – 2:00 PM

J.J. Pickle Research Campus (Map)

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Mesoamerica Center presents "Fire Ceremony, History, and Memory: Situating Waka's Central Civic Ceremonial Complex" by Dr. Olivia Navarro-Farr

Join the Mesoamerica Center and Dr. Olivia Navarro-Farr for a discussion of her work on the ancient Maya city of Waka', its queens, and its civic-ceremonial architecture. 

Mar 19
2018

4:00 PM

DFA 2.204

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“The Early Mesoamerican City: Urbanism & Urbanization in the Formative Period”

Join the Mesoamerica Center and CSU-Northridge’s Dr. Michael Love for a discussion of new research and interpretations on the rise of urbanism in ancient Mesoamerica.​

Dec 4
2017

4:00 PM

DFA 2.204

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