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U of C discovery sheds light on role of Maya women

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December 2, 2005

Source: University of Calgary:
http://www.ucalgary.ca/news/dec05/naachtun-advisory.html

U of C discovery sheds light on role of Maya women

The Naachtun Archaeological Project, which is an international effort led by the University of Calgary, has unearthed an important artifact from the Guatemalan jungle that opens a new chapter on the history of the Maya and the role women played.
Reporters are invited to meet with U of C archaeology professor and director of the Naachtun project, Dr. Kathryn Reese-Taylor, on Monday, Dec. 5, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. Students involved in the project will also be on hand.

The artifact itself, a stone monument weighing several tonnes, remains in Guatemala. Print quality photos will be available on Monday, as well as two 30-second Quicktime video clips (320 x 240).

The ancient Maya city of Naachtun is still one of the most remote sites in the Yucatan peninsula, and one of the least known of all major Classic Maya centres. The Naachtun Archaeological Project, which commenced in 2002, is undertaking the first scientific excavations of the site.

For more information, contact Greg Harris, Media Relations, (403) 220-3506 or cell, (403) 540-7306.

Who:
Dr. Kathryn Reese-Taylor, U of C archaeology professor and director of the Naachtun project, and some of her grad students

What:
A media availability about an important archaeological finding from the Maya city of Naachtun that sheds light on the role of Maya women

When:
Monday, Dec. 5, 10:30 am 12:30 pm

Where:
Room 807, Earth Sciences Building;
for a map of campus, see www.ucalgary.ca/map

__________

Gregory Harris
Media Relations External Relations
Administration Building, A113 University of Calgary
2500 University Drive N.W.
T2N 1N4
Phone (403) 220-3506
Cell (403) 540-7306
Fax (403) 282-8413


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