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In the Land of the Turtle Lords: Classic Maya Civilization and Urban Life at Piedras Negras, Guatemala

Stephen D. Houston, Brown University, Fellow 2007/08

Stephen Houston finished several projects and advanced strongly towards finishing his monograph on five seasons of excavations at the Classic Maya city of Piedras Negras, Guatemala. Three chapters were completed in rough draft, with one, that on the dynastic history of the site, nearing 120 pp., with bibliography and figures coming into shape, too, with assistance from students at Brown University. Houston also completed a book, for Cambridge University Press, on the Classic Maya (with Takeshi Inomata of Arizona, a former fellow), submitted, with colleagues, a paper on satellite imagery in the Classic Maya landscapes of northern Guatemala, completed a chapter for a book he is co-editing on representation in archaeology, continued editing a volume on The Shape of Script, worked with William and Barbara Fash of Harvard on inferring hands in the Copan Hieroglyphic Stairway in Honduras, gave a talk for docents at Dumbarton Oaks, consulted on the labels and handbook for the Pre-Columbian collection, served on the Director's Fellows Committee, continued curatorial preparation of a show on The Fiery Pool: Maritime Worlds of the Ancient Maya, planned for the Peabody-Essex Museum, and served as reader for two doctoral theses, including that of a junior fellow this year at Dumbarton Oaks. He also worked as advisory editor on three journals, as well as on a book series planned by the Pre-Columbian Art Institute, with Charles Golden, current fellow, as one of the editors, and has been preparing for fieldwork at El Zotz, Guatemala.

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