Mayan Adventures

Assistant Professor of Anthropology James Fitzsimmons shared tales of “Power and Authority in the Classic Maya Lowlands” with the Homecoming crowds over the weekend.

Fitzsimmons is currently directing an archaeological project at the Classic Maya (250-850 AD) site of Zapote Bobal, Guatemala. Known as Hiix Witz, or ‘Jaguar Hill’ in ancient Maya times, this site features prominently in the history of famous Maya cities like Piedras Negras and Yaxchilan as both an adversary and an ally. Excavations have already uncovered a rich, undiscovered history portrayed in numerous hieroglyphic texts as well as the archaeological record.

For more on Fitzsimmons, check out this article from the Spring 2011 issue of Middlebury Magazine.

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