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Distinguished Lectures

Spring 2015 Distinguished Lecturer

Wendy Ashmore
Professor of Anthropology
University of California, Riverside

Professor Ashmore received her PhD from the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. Her interests center on the social use and understanding of space. Since the mid-1970s, she has studied the architecture and settlement patterns of the ancient Maya and neighboring peoples, through archaeological field research in Guatemala, Honduras and Belize. Her consideration of the social and symbolic aspects of spatial organization has been expressed in the archaeology of households, the analysis of civic planning in cities and towns, and the study of ancient landscapes. Most recently, she has turned attention to how gender affects and is affected by architecture and other kinds of spatial order. She has completed a monograph on settlement and landscape at the Maya center of Quiriguá, Guatemala, and is developing monograph reports on her work at Gualjoquito and Copan, both in Honduras, as well as a book on social meanings of space among the ancient Maya and their neighbors. She continues writing on ancient civic planning, on social memory at Quiriguá and Gualjoquito, on social and political contexts of Xunantunich, Belize, on landscapes and on gender in archaeology.

At UCR, she has won the Distinguished Teaching Award (2007), the Doctoral Advisor/Mentor Award (2009), and delivered the Distinguished Humanities Lecture of the Center for Ideas and Society (2010). Professional honors include awards from the Society for American Archaeology and the American Anthropological Association, most recently, the lifetime achievement Alfred Vincent Kidder Award for Eminence in American Archaeology (2012).


XXXX JAR Distinguished Lecture

What Were Ancient Maya Landscapes Really Like?

Thursday, February 12, 2015
7:30 pm in Anthropology Room 163
Free and open to the public.


Specialized Seminar

Writing Archaeological Biographies of Place

Friday February 13, 2015
Noon in Anthropology Room 248
Free and open to the public.


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