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The Power of Place: Landscape and Identity in Classic Maya Art, Architecture, and Inscriptions

Alexandre Tokovinine, Harvard University, Junior Fellow 2007/08

My main project at Dumbarton Oaks was to complete my doctoral dissertation entitled Power of Place: Landscape and Identity in Classic Maya Inscriptions, Imagery, and Architecture. The first draft was finished in March. Since then, I have been polishing the final text based on the recommendations provided by my advisors. In addition to the dissertation, I wrote and presented the paper Public Architecture at La Sufricaya, Holmul, Peten: Formation and Function of a Classic Maya Palace Complex at the Society for American Archaeology meetings in Vancouver in March 26–28. I also co-authored the paper From Plaster Casts to 3D Scans: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly presented by Barbara Fash during the Maya Weekend at the University of Pennsylvania and the paper The Role of the Teotihuacan Cave of Origins in Mexica and Classic Maya Temples and Dynastic Authority presented by William Fash at the conference De Coyolxauhqui a Tlaltecuhtli in Mexico. The Dumbarton Oaks library was an excellent place to finish the dissertation and to do these additional research projects. I had access to all the literature I needed. It was incredibly useful to discuss some of the topics I have been working on with other fellows. I was also delighted to have access to the collections (Classic Maya objects) and to the photographic archives.

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