Exhibition Advisors

Lic. Ricardo Agurcia Fasquelle is Director of the Asociación Copán. A prominent Honduran archaeologist, Agurcia he leads the Asociación Copán, a private foundation that supports long-term research and preservation of the site. Instrumental in the creation of the Copan Sculpture Museum, Agurcia also established the Casa K’inich Children’s museum located within Copán Ruinas.

Dr. Anthony F. Aveni is the Russell Colgate Distinguished University Professor of Astronomy, Anthropology, and Native American Studies at Colgate University. An acclaimed teacher and leading authority on archaeoastronomy, Dr. Aveni has authored over 20 books on the subject, including Empires of Time (1989), Ancient Astronomers (1995), People and the Sky (2008), and The End of Time: the Maya Mystery of 2012 (2009), which appeared on Choice’s Top 10 List for 2010.

Barbara W. Fash is Director of the Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions at Harvard’s Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology. Fash has curated exhibitions drawn from its archives, cast collections, and object collections. She is currently leading a program of study, multi-format documentation, and digital reconstruction of Copan’s Hieroglyphic Stairway. Her new book, The Copan Sculpture Museum – Ancient Maya Artistry in Stucco and Stone, showcases the artwork of the Classic Maya and the impact of Museum which she envision and helped create.

Dr. William L. Fash, Jr. is the Bowditch Professor of Central American and Mexican Archaeology and Ethnology at Harvard University. Author of the primary reference on Copan archaeology (Fash 1991, 2001), his career spans over 30 years of research in Mesoamerica, including overall directorship of the Copan Acropolis Archaeological Project (1988–1996). Former director of the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology, Fash continues his field research with current investigations at the site of Rastrojón, an important residential area in the Copan kingdom.

Janet A. Kamien is an independent museum consultant who has served a wide variety of museums. She is a member of The Museum Group. Her specialties include strategic programmatic and operational planning; she also serves as advisor for individual projects, and as the primary developer of engaging exhibits inclusive of visitors diverse in age, ability, and interest. Ms. Kamien is the author of What if You Couldn’t? A Book about Special Needs and numerous articles.

Dr. Richard M. Leventhal is Director of the Center for Cultural Heritage and Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Leventhal has conducted archaeological research on Maya civilization throughout Central America, most recently focusing on Colonial and modern Maya societies in Belize and Mexico.

Dr. Eva Martínez is Subdirector of Patrimony, Instituto Hondureño de Antropología e Historia. As an archaeologist and principal at the IHAH, Dr. Martinez will oversee the project implementation efforts on the part of the IHAH and facilitate all aspects of loan and travel of Honduran materials.

Sr. Virgilio Paredes is Director, Instituto Hondureño de Antropología e Historia. With a career in economics, public policy, and administration, Paredes will oversee collaborative efforts for IHAH and coordinate arrangements with Honduran Ministries and other national entities.

Dr. Dorie Reents-Budet is Curator of Ancient American Art at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston. An accomplished art historian, with curatorial roles at multiple institutions, she has organized prominent traveling exhibitions on Maya culture including most recently, Lords of Creation: The Origins of Maya Sacred Kingship (Fields and Reents-Budet 2005).

Dr. Jeremy A. Sabloff is the President of the Santa Fe Institute and Williams Director Emeritus of the Penn Museum. He has conducted fieldwork in the Maya lowlands of Mexico and Guatemala including co-directing the major field project at the Yucatan site of Sayil. He is author or editor of 20 books and countless articles on the Maya and the history of archaeology. Dr. Sabloff is former president of the Society for American Archaeology.

Dr. Robert J. Sharer is Curator Emeritus of the American Section at the Penn Museum, and Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. Dr. Sharer has conducted archaeological research in the Maya area for over 40 years, was Co-Director of the Copan Acropolis Archaeological Project (PAAC), and is author of relevant books, including The Ancient Maya (2006).


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