Tulane professor gets grant to study Maya city

The National Geographic Society has awarded Marcello Canuto, director of Tulane University’s Middle American Research Institute and associate professor of anthropology, a $50,000 grant to further his research at the Classic Maya city of La Corona in the jungles of northern Guatemala. Although small, La Corona was host to a great number of hieroglyphic texts, including the longest known ancient Maya text in Guatemala.

“We are currently excavating various buildings that we hope will tell us about the kings and queens of La Corona during the rule of the Kaanal kingdom,” Canuto said.

Canuto’s study is titled “The Royal Snake Queens of La Corona: Politics, Commerce and Conquest Among the Classic Maya.”

In 2012, Canuto was part of a team that discovered a 1,300-year-old Maya text that provided the second known reference to the so-called “end date” of the Maya calendar, Dec. 12, 2012.

Loyola online theology programs honored

The Loyola University Institute for Ministry, along with its extension program LIMEX, has been recognized as one of the top 20 online theology master’s degree programs in the U.S. The rankings were announced by TheBestSchools.org, a resource for prospective college students. It singled out the Institute for Ministry’s master of pastoral studies and master of religious education degrees as offering flexible and convenient high-quality options students can pursue from anywhere in the world.

TheBestSchools.org ranked degree programs based on several factors, including academic excellence, course offerings, accomplishment of faculty and reputation, including the university’s reputation for online degree programs.

A special online open house, scheduled for 8 p.m. July 22, offers a way to learn more about the online programs and the admissions process. It’s free and open to the public.

For more information, contact James Shields in Loyola’s Office of Public Affairs at (504) 861-5888.