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Boundary End Archaeology Research Center is the perfect escape for scholars, writers, artists and other creative souls wishing to experience the peace and tranquility of the southern Appalachian mountains.

Welcome to Boundary End

Founded in 1997, the Boundary End Archaeology Research Center (BEARC) is a unique space for learning, artistry and creative gathering, set in a beautiful small valley in the Blue Ridge Mountains of western North Carolina. 

Upcoming Fundraisers

Participate in an online workshop, travel with Boundary End Adventures and Maya Field Workshops, or join one of our other events throughout the year. Check this page for the most up to date information.

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A Puzzle in Plaster:
The Inscription of
Temple XVIII at Palenque, an online workshop with Dr. David Stuart in April 2024. 

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Embark on an epic trip with Boundary End Adventures to Oaxaca, Mexico, for Dia de los Muertos. Trip dates are October 25-November 3, 2024.

Pyramid in Calakmul

This Maya Field Workshop takes us to the Kanul Kingdom, including Calakmul, Balamku, El Palmar, Dzibanche and more.  Trip dates are December 6-14, 2024.

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Quimicho y la ciudad de los dioses - (Updated)
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Quimicho y la ciudad de los dioses - (Updated)

Ashuni E. Romero Butrón, with Boundary End Archaeology Research Center, will explore connections between the archaeological site of Quimicho in the modern state of Tlaxcala and Teotihuacan, during the Mesoamerican Classic period. The lecture is free, but donations to Boundary End Archaeology Research Center are appreciated! https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/1736960 Visit our YouTube Channel for recordings of all past lectures in the series. https://www.youtube.com/c/BoundaryEndArchaeologyResearchCenter/videos ABSTRACT Como parte de la construcción de un tramo carretero en el norte del estado de Tlaxcala, México, se realizó un trabajo de Salvamento Arqueológico, mediante el cual se llevaron a cabo exploraciones arqueológicas en el costado sur del asentamiento prehispánico de "Quimicho”. Estos trabajos permitieron exponer, registrar, recuperar y conservar diversos materiales culturales afines al período Clásico. La ubicación espacial del asentamiento, la presencia de arquitectura análoga a la teotihuacana y los distintos materiales cerámicos, como anaranjado delgado e incensarios tipo teatro, entre otros elementos, contribuyen a la explicación del uso que pudo tener esta región para el abasto de mercancías, el intercambio de bienes e ideas por el Estado teotihuacano durante el Clásico mesoamericano. BIOGRAPHY Ashuni E. Romero Butrón, estudió la licenciatura de arqueología en la Escuela Nacional de Antropología e Historia (ENAH) en México. Actualmente se desempeña como Investigador para el Instituto Nacional de Antropología e Historia en Quintana Roo, México. Es director del "Proyecto de Inventario y Registro de Sitios Arqueológicos en el Municipio de Puerto Morelos, Quintana Roo". Ha trabajado en diversos proyectos arqueológicos en el Valle Puebla-Tlaxcala y en la Península de Yucatán. Su interés se centra en el uso de Sistemas de Información Geográfica para el estudio de sitios arqueológicos, así como en patrones de asentamiento. Ha impartido numerosas conferencias en foros nacionales y extranjeros, tanto en foros académicos, como para público en general. De igual forma, ha impartido diversos cursos de divulgación científica. Durante este año, 2021, fue galardonado con la beca George Stuart Residential Scholarship (GSRS) otorgada por el Boundary End Archaeology Research Center.
How Writing Came to Northern Yucatan
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How Writing Came to Northern Yucatan

How the Yukatekan language and its written form may have derived from an early Ch'olan script is the subject of Tuesday's Boundary End Archaeology Research Center virtual lecture by Tulane's noted epigrapher and Associate Professor, Dr. Marc Zender. (See Abstract and Biography below.) Donations to Boundary End Archaeology Research Center are appreciated! https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/1736960 Visit our YouTube Channel for recordings of all past lectures in the series. https://www.youtube.com/c/BoundaryEndArchaeologyResearchCenter/videos ABSTRACT Apart from a handful of independent inventions of writing (in e.g., Mesopotamia, Egypt, India, China, and Mesoamerica), most of the world’s writing systems were either directly borrowed from an earlier script or were developed under the influence of one or more other scripts. Since the development of grammatology (the comparative study of writing systems) as a discipline in the mid twentieth century, scholars have developed tools and procedures for the identification of borrowing between writing traditions and, for instance, the derivation of the Japanese script from Chinese, and of Hittite from earlier Akkadian, can be demonstrated. Mesoamerica is no exception, and the various known writing traditions can all be shown to derive from an early proto-script (which, sadly, no longer exists). Additionally, it is also increasingly clear that the initial development of Maya hieroglyphic writing from this proto-script took place in a Ch’olan linguistic context during the Late Preclassic period (ca 400 BC – AD 100), and that later groups of Yukatekan, Tzeltalan, and K’ichee’an speakers did not borrow and develop their own versions of Maya writing until the Late Classic period (ca. AD 600-900). In this talk, I trace the evidence for the derivation of the Late Classic Yukatekan script from the considerably earlier Ch’olan model script of the southern lowlands. As we will see, many peculiarities of the northern inscriptions and codices can be explained by the complicated process of borrowing and adaptation, as can the considerable linguistic and cultural influences of southern lowland Ch’olan civilization on the languages and peoples of Northern Yucatán. BIOGRAPHY Marc Zender received his PhD from the department of anthropology and archaeology at the University of Calgary in 2004. He has since taught at the University of Calgary (2002-2004) and Harvard University (2005-2011), and he is now Associate Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University, where he teaches linguistics, epigraphy, and Mesoamerican indigenous languages such as Yucatec and Ch'orti' (both Mayan languages) and Classical and Modern Nahuatl (of the Uto-Aztecan language family). Dr Zender's research interests include anthropological and historical linguistics, comparative writing systems, digital epigraphy, and archaeological decipherment, with a regional focus on Mesoamerica (particularly Mayan and Nahuatl/Aztec). He has authored several books and dozens of articles exploring these and related subjects. In addition to his teaching, research, and writing, Dr Zender is the editor of The PARI Journal, and a frequent contributor to Mesoweb, a major internet resource for the study of Mesoamerican cultures.
Nonfunerary Human Assemblages: Cases from Chichén Itzá.
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Nonfunerary Human Assemblages: Cases from Chichén Itzá.

Contextos no funerarios en la transición hacia el Posclásico: Casos de restos óseos humanos de Chichén Itzá y su región inmediata. Canal de YouTube, 21 de abril, 6 pm hora del este. Más información: https://boundaryend.com ¡Se agradecen las donaciones al Centro de Investigación Arqueológica de Boundary End! https://www.paypal.com/us/fundraiser/charity/1736960 Abstract: En la iconografía de Chichén Itzá, algunos de los principales temas representados hacen referencia a la parafernalia humana. Sin embargo, la evidencia sobre prácticas mortuorias y restos óseos, en el sitio, no ha sido tan estudiada. Los materiales esqueléticos en Chichén Itzá pueden informarnos sobre las prácticas mortuorias que tuvo esa sociedad, pero también, sobre la vida y la muerte de los individuos que habitaron en “La ciudad del sol”. Las historias plasmadas en muros y paneles, en conjunto con diferentes análisis de datos arqueológicos pueden darnos una idea sobre esos habitantes. En este estudio, integral y sistemático de los restos óseos hallados en Chichén Itzá y sus alrededores, se busca entender cómo esta urbe fue parte de un sistema regional que posiblemente originó muchas de las prácticas que se verían posteriormente, durante el Posclásico. Title: Nonfunerary Human Assemblages in the Transitional Period to the Postclassic: Cases from Chichén Itzá and its Immediate Region YouTube Channel April 21, 6 pm Eastern. More info: https://boundaryend.com Donations to Boundary End Archaeology Research Center