Insights: The Newsletter of the Neal A. Maxwell Institute for Religious Scholarship



FARMS grant, Guatemala archaeology, ancient Maya, Piedras Negras, Usumacinta River, Stephen Houston, Hector Escobedo, ancient Americas


FARMS has joined three other foundations in making a grant to support the excavation of an ancient Maya city, Piedras Negras, located on the banks of the Usumacinta River in Guatemala. The FARMS grant will allow the excavation team, led by Stephen Houston (Brigham Young University) and Hector Escobedo (San Carlos University), to extend their work into the southern sector of the site, where they hope to unearth portions of an early temple summit, a palace, and a ritual purification building to learn more about urban life in an early Mesoamerican city.