About the Authors
Kirk Damon Straight - I have worked in the Classic Maya lowlands since 1993, at Caracol, Cayo, Belize; Tikal, Petén, Guatemala; and Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico. My primary focus remains ceramic analysis and the investigation of circulation patterns for ceramics of the Classic Period. Initially working at Palenque as part of the Proyecto Grupo de las Cruces, 1998-2002, I have recently shifted my focus back to the western Maya lowlands. Beyond working with Dr. Kirk French on the Palenque Pool Project, I began working with Dr. Ronald Bishop of the Smithsonian Institution this year to complete publication of the Palenque ceramic sequence initiated by the late Dr. Robert Rands.
Emily Zavodny - I am currently an archaeology doctoral candidate in the Anthropology Department at Penn State University. My doctoral project focuses on land use, mortuary practices, and warfare during the Balkan Bronze Age, specifically on the Iapodian culture centered in the Lika region of Croatia. I have done archaeological fieldwork in Croatia, Albania, Italy, and Portugal.