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Patricia A. McAnany and Norman Yoffee have organized a conference entitled "The Choices and Fates of Human Societies" to be held October 9th - 14th at the Amerind Institute in southern Arizona.

The MACHI Project will organize a session at the 73rd Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) to be held in Vancouver, BC, March 26-30, 2008. The session is titled "Out off the Box: Innovative Approaches to Cultural Heritage and grassroots Communication Efforts."

Spring 2007 field school to be offered through the Division of International Programs at Boston University! The Xibun Project expands to incorporate the ancestral Maya salt processing site of Wits Cah Ak'al, located just north of the Sibun Valley. The field season will be split between Wits Cah Ak'al and the Hershey site, the latter located at the base of the Sibun Gorge in the middle of a forest of chocolate trees. To find out more, go to www.bu.edu/abroad/programs/belize.

The results the 1990-1993 seasons of the K'axob Project at available through the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology. Entitled K'axob: Ritual, Work, and Family in an Ancient Maya Village, the volume includes a user-friendly CD with the complete databases from excavations into the Preclassic deposits of K'axob.

Patricia A. McAnany and E. Christian Wells to edit a book entitled Ritual Economies Untethered by Space, Time, or Economic Form that will be published by the Cotsen Institute of Archaeology at UCLA.

The Maya Cultural Heritage Initiative to sponsor an October 2006 conference on designing programs of heritage education for Mayan children and communities at K'axil Kiuic, Yucatán. Boston University Graduate students Shoshaunna Parks and Satoru Murata are assisting Professor McAnany in the organization of this conference as part of a long-term study of the conservation and preservation of Maya cultural heritage.

Patricia A. McAnany to serve as discussant for the Harvard Peabody Museum Weekend of the Americas session, October 13-15, 2006, entitled Stairways to Immortality: Ancestor, Heroes, and Warriors.

Patricia A. McAnany and Norman Yoffee organize a session that critically explores scholarly and best-selling accounts of social collapse (such and Jared Diamond's Collapse book) at the annual meeting of the American Anthropological Association in San Jose, CA, Nov. 17, 2006.

Feeding a Hungry Landscape: Perception and Ritual Practice in Ancestral Maya Societies is the topic of a public lecture to be delivered by Patricia A. McAnany on December 6, 2006 at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.

A Cross-Cultural Comparison of Mycenaean Versus Maya States is the topic of a workshop at the 2007 annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America (January 6 in San Diego, CA) to which Patricia A. McAnany has been invited to participate as a panelist.

Patricia A. McAnany and Christopher Pool organize a session in memory of the late Professor Robert Santley for the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology in Austin, TX, April 25-29, 2006.