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Preparations for Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium now underway Print E-mail
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Thursday, 19 June 2014 00:00

Experts from the fields of both Archaeology and Anthropology will soon be converging in San Ignacio Town for four consecutive days to discuss cutting edge topics in their fields; to become the 12th Archaeology & Anthropology Symposium. The dates selected for this once a year event are from July the first to the fourth 2014 at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel. Experts have already been booked to discuss central topics related to the Ancient Maya Domestic Economy as well as Subsistence, Commerce and Industry. In the Anthropology section, presenters will be discussing topics on how to safeguard our cultural heritage, traditional medicine and other emerging issues relating to social and cultural research.

It was during a period of ten years that the Belize Symposium centered on Archaeology, but that has changed during the last three years as Anthropology was incorporated into the presentation series.

“That has happened because we have given more priority and attention to the institutionalization of the Institute for Social and Cultural Research ISCR,” says Diane Haylock, the current President of the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH), one of the partners organizing the National event and whose important task involves providing a window to Belize’s cultural past, present and future.

Chair for the Belize Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium, George Thomoson, likes the idea of joining two sciences for the National Symposium, given that it’s all part of trends at the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH).

“We encompass everything cultural as well as historical,” he said.

“We have decided to collaborate with our institution, who also conduct research but from a more anthropological perspective, the more contemporary aspect of our society, the historical aspect and we have decided to jointly collaborate and have one big symposium,” he said.

As a team effort, NICH, ISCR and the National Institute of Archaeology have all been building on the excitement towards this year’s Belize Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium, which promises to bring forth much useful information that can be utilized in efforts towards Nation building.