The thirteenth Belize Archaeology and Anthropology Symposium began on Tuesday in San Ignacio. Rolando Cocom from the Institute of Social and Cultural Research spoke of this year’s symposium.
Rolando Cocom, ISCR
“The symposium this year is also done once more in conjunction with the Institute for Cultural and Social Research branch of NICH along with the Institute of Archeology where we feature the latest research in the field of Archaeology, History and Anthropology. This translates into the various topics that we will be having for instance, an update of the latest finds that were located in Nim Li Punit. We will also be having a special panel on indigenous representation in Belize that is happening on the Wednesday afternoon, we will also have general papers discussing issues such as migration, globalization in Bullet Tree, as well as examining how the history curriculum is being taught at St. Johns College that will occur on Friday and some history papers by one of the Belize History association members and chair Mr. Humphries which will happen on Friday. Conference features both local and international persons for in the case of Belize we will have about six Belizeans who will present from Anthropology papers and also six international researchers who will be featured in the Anthropology component of it. In the archeology field we will also have some Belizeans but a majority of them are international and we do also have a very international audience in the building today as well as tour guides, students who came out for the event. We encourage more students to come out because it allows students to enter for free once they bring their student ID.
The symposium which is taking place at the San Ignacio Hotel and Resort, will run until Friday, July 3.