The Archaeologist’s Life
In this occasional series, archaeologists talk about the influences that have shaped their work, the circumstances that led them to the particular regions and time periods they study, and the never-ending quest to answer the most basic question, “How do you know what you know?”
In this July 20, 2013 interview, Diane Z. Chase, Pegasus Professor of Anthropology and Executive Vice Provost, University of Central Florida, talks about her career as a Maya archaeologist working in Belize. Dr. Chase is a consultant for the Science Museum of Minnesota’s exhibit, “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed” and a member of the planning committee for the IAS-organized symposium, “Resilience and Sustainability: What Are We Learning from the Maya and other Ancient Cultures?”. She gave a lecture and workshop for the Maya Society of Minnesota on July 19 and 20, with her husband and collaborator, Dr. Arlen Chase. Phyllis Messenger, IAS, is the interviewer.
This interview with linguist Nicholas A. Hopkins, Adjunct Faculty in Anthropology and Linguistics (retired), Florida State University, took place on October 13, 2013 at the Science Museum of Minnesota, after his talk and workshop. During a tour of “Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed”, Dr. Hopkins gave a narrative reading of the hieroglyphic inscriptions represented in the exhibit. Phyllis Messenger, IAS, is the interviewer.
Vernon Scarborough is Distinguished University Research Professor and Charles Phelps Taft Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the University of Cincinnati. Roland Fletcher is Professor of Archaeology at the University of Sydney, Australia, and Director of the Greater Angkor Project. In this November 8, 2013 interview, they duscuss similarities and differences between Classic Maya culture in Mexico and Central America and the Khmer empire in Cambodia and Southeast Asia, giving special attention to landscape and water management issues. Dr. Fletcher also gave the keynote address and both scholars spoke in panels (Scarborough, Fletcher) for the 2013 Symposium on Resilience and Sustainability, organized by the IAS in partnership with the Science Museum of Minnesota, the Maya Society of Minnesota, and Hamline University. Phyllis Messenger, IAS, is the interviewer.
Clark Erickson is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Erickson works on raised fields in the Beni area of Bolivia, and is interested in how archaeology provides a long-term perspective on environmental change, biodiversity, and sustainable management. He spoke in a panel for the 2013 Symposium on Resilience and Sustainability, and in this November 10, 2013 interview he talked with Skip Messenger, Professor of Anthropology at Hamline University.
Alison Wylie is Professor of Philosophy at the University of Washington. Phyllis Messenger, IAS, is the interviewer.
- Fall 2013 Seminar Resilience and Sustainability
- Thursdays at Four November 7, 2013, Lidar, Water and the Demise of Greater Angkor
- Nov 7-9 Symposium: Resilience and Sustainability: What are we Learning from the Maya and Other Ancient Cultures?
- Maya Lecture and Workshop Series, June – December 2013
- Symposium Registration
- Archaeologist’s Life interviews
- Teaching Heritage Collaborative at the IAS
- Maya Society