IAS Thursdays: Brent K S Woodfill
Sacred Sites and Descendant Communities
IAS Thursdays at Four presents IAS Affiliated Scholar Brent Woodfill.
Dr. Woodfill has been conducting archaeological investigations in the Maya world since 1998 based on his two principal interests: how landscape shapes and is shaped by religious, economic, and political systems and the politics of heritage, specifically how archaeological remains are incorporated into the lives of descendant communities. He began doing archaeological investigation in the Upper Midwest in the early 1990s. After a fortuitous trip to the Yucatan with Drs. Skip and Phyllis Messenger, he began working in the Maya world, first with the Belize Valley Archaeological Reconnaissance Project and then with Proyecto Arqueologico Cancuen.
Brent received his Ph.D. from Vanderbilt University in 2007 after performing dissertation research in the Cave of Hun Nal Ye, the Candelaria Caves, and associated settlements at the highland-lowland transition in central Guatemala. The research focused on combining ritual studies, ceramic analysis, and larger economic and political trends to reconstruct the history of the region and elucidate multiple functions of ritual for the Classic Maya.
He is presently the director of Proyecto Salinas de los Nueve Cerros and an IAS Affiliated Scholar, in which capacity he has published two journal articles, in Ethnoarchaeology and in Mexicon. While in the Twin Cities, he spoke individually and with Scott Johnson in interviews by Phyllis Messenger.