Saturday, September 25, 2010

Congratulations to Linda Manzanilla

Yesterday, Dr. Linda Manzanilla, the preeminent Mexican archaeologist, was invested with an honorary doctorate (honoris causa) from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She is probably best known for her work at Teotihuacan, but she has worked in the Maya area (at Coba and, I think, elsewhere) and also in South America.

She's a delightful colleague as well as an outstanding scholar, and so it is a particular pleasure to congratulate her.

Before writing this, I consulted her biography on that bastion of accuracy, the Wikipedia, and discovered two interesting facts, 1) she was born in New York, and 2) she is a member of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States. As both women and foreigners are rarely elected, her selection is a remarkable achievement. Being born in New York is much easier, provided your mother is there too.


  1. Dear Dr. Brown:
    I reached this blog because I have read your article about The Geographic Analysis of Ancient Maya Setlement and Policy. I was searching the Geographical Atlas that Dr Kurjack publised in 1980, but i founded your article. It gave me some light in my research, because i havent found out much about mayan urbanism and settlement patterns. I found really interesting the work that you and Dr. Witschey have done in this matter. Best regards, and thank you very much for sharing all this information with us. Sincerely, Arch. Marianela Porraz. Merida, Mx.

  2. Hola, Marianela!

    Gracias por sus palabras tan amables. Voy a estar en Merida para el Congreso de Mayistas en marzo. Espero conocerte entonces!