The Impact of Lawrence Straus on Mesoamerican Cave Studies

Author(s): C. L. Kieffer

Year: 2016


Lawrence Straus’ life work has focused primarily upon European cave archaeology, with most of his time spent in Spain. However his research within cave archaeology has in many ways aided the field of cave archaeology in Central America. Straus has both passively and actively helped in the advancement of Maya cave studies from his many roles in academia. As editor in chief for the Journal of Anthropological Research he aided in the publication of numerous seminal works that contributed to the solidification of the field. As a researcher and mentor, Straus has inspired and encouraged research on topics that has previously been underexplored among earlier generations of Mayanists. None of this would have been possible without Straus’ dedication to cave research and deep understanding of early man’s utilization of dark zones within caves.

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The Impact of Lawrence Straus on Mesoamerican Cave Studies. C. L. Kieffer. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403205)


Cave Maya Mesoamerica

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min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;