Olivia Navarro-Farr

Olivia Navarro-Farr presents “Ancient Maya Queens”

Latest edition of Wooster Science Café is this Thursday at Broken Rocks

29 November, 2016 by John Hopkins

WOOSTER, Ohio - The Wooster Science Café continues this Thursday, Dec. 1, at 7 p.m., as Olivia Navarro-Farr, assistant professor of archaeology at The College of Wooster, presents “Ancient Maya Queens” at Broken Rocks Café, 123 E. Liberty St., in downtown Wooster.

Navarro-Farr will offer a brief overview of the ancient Maya, before looking in depth at Lady K’abel, one of the most important women of the seventh century in the Classic Maya world, whose tomb was discovered in 2012 by Navarro-Farr and her colleagues in Guatemala. In her talk, she will demonstrate how Lady K’abel’s story “reflects deeply important political and economic forces of the period.”

Navarro-Farr, a member of the Wooster faculty since 2012, teaches courses in physical anthropology, Mesoamerican archaeology, and archaeological method and theory. Her research interests include the archaeology of ritual, monumental architecture, and the role of royal women in Classic Maya statecraft. She earned her bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas, and her master’s and doctorate from Southern Methodist University.

Science cafes are grassroots events that have sprung up all over the world, bringing together scientists and non-scientists in casual settings for lively, engaging conversation – all in plain English – on current science topics of interest. Each presenter provides a brief introduction to the evening’s topic and then facilitates a discussion.

The Wooster Science Café is co-sponsored by The College of Wooster and the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center of The Ohio State University, and hosted by Broken Rocks Café.