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Shards of the Past: Fellow Investigates Ancient Mayan Ceramics for Clues on Dress

Posted on Oct 5, 2015 by in The OFI Blog |



P1110294Cara Tremain has an interesting way of researching dress and identity in the ancient Mayan civilization: she examines painted ceramics from that era. With the help of an optical microscope and ultra violet light, Cara conducts her research at the NMAI Cultural Resource Center in Suitland, MD, investigating representations of clothing styles as they appear on these artifacts to develop theories on identity in the ancient Mayan royal court.

A doctoral candidate in Archaeology at the University of Calgary in Alberta, Canada, Cara also earned a M.A. in Anthropology from Trent University in Ontario and a B.A. from the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. She spends her summers as the Field Director for the Ka’Kabish Archaeological Research Project in Belize. Cara is excited about her SI fellowship and grateful for her SI advisors, Dr. Antonio Curet and Dr. Emily Kaplan.