|Partial view of one of the sessions of the II Mayan Lithic Conference at the UFM|
The III Conference of Mayan Lithics is a sequel of the series organized by Norman Hammond, Thomas Hester and Harry Shafer in the seventies and eighties and, now it was celebrated at Universidad Francisco Marroquín, organized by Oswaldo Chinchilla, curator of the Popol Vuh Museum of this house of studies; and by the archaeologist Zachary Hruby.
The Conference offered a friendly and informal space for the discussion of technological and theoretical aspects, as well as recent advances in the studies of the Mayan lithic, with ample periods for the interchange of ideas. The same one was celebrated from the July 18th to the 20th of 2007.
During the Conference there were opportunities to review samples of materials from the collection of the Popol Vuh Museum and from other collections.
Among the lectures were: Kings Craftsmen: The stone workers in Colha, Belize, by Harry J. Shafer and Thomas R. Hester; The Mayan Classic Politics and Socioeconomic Organization, by Kazuo Aoyama; The domestic production of luxury goods at the Motagua Valley, by Erick Rochette; The case of the lithic ghost in Chunchucmil, Yucatan, Mexico, by Bruce H. Dahlin, Marjukka Bastamow, Timothy Beach, Zachary X. Hruby, Scott Hutson and Daniel E. Mazeau; and Theoretical Approaches for the Interpretation of the Lithic Production in Archaeology, by Rafael Castillo.
The conclusion and farewell were given by Oswaldo Chinchilla and Zachary Hruby.