Affiliations: History of Art, Near Eastern Studies
Independent Study, The Lionello Venturi Undergraduate Research Award in History of Art
I will be traveling to Cahal Pech, an archaeological site in Belize, to analyze and interpret Pre-Classic Maya architecture. I will be specifically studying round platforms, a fairly rare structure in the Maya area and abandoned before the civilization flourished in the Classic Period. My focus will be on the structures’ original function and why the Maya may have stopped using them. Both of these characteristics remain a mystery to Mayanists studying in Belize. To interpret these characteristics from the ancient remains of the structure, I will analyze one, found under a Classic Period ball Court, in the context of its architecture as well as associated artifacts such as ceramics and tools.