Professor William Saturno is the CAS Faculty Spotlight on the March 20, 2013 CAS News.
He Who Controls the Past—with Bill Saturno
In this new student-produced video, Assistant Professor of Archaeology William Saturno discusses how Maya leaders used their culture’s intricate understanding of time to solidify their hold on power. Watch the video
The Writing on the Wall
by Courtney Humphries
In a former Maya city in the Guatemalan rain forest, a team of BU researchers discovered a buried room whose walls hold paintings and hieroglyphs dating from the ninth century. The writing includes complex numerical calculations for the Maya calendar. It was the first time such paintings had been unearthed in a private dwelling, and the Maya astronomical tables were the earliest found to date. “This is our first look at ninth-century astronomy from the New World,” says team leader and Assistant Professor of Archaeology William Saturno. “We’ve never seen anything like it from this time.” continue reading
Franco Rossi and Aviva Cormier find fragment of a human skull at the Professor William Saturno site in Xultún, Guatemala.