University of California Riverside Professor of Anthropology Wendy Ashmore will speak on “What were Maya landscapes really like?” on Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the University of New Mexico Anthropology Lecture Hall (Room 163.)

Ashmore is one of the leading specialists in the archeology of the ancient Maya civilization. She is interested in Maya settlement systems, spatial organization, landscapes, architecture, households, urban planning and the role of gender in architectural design. Ashmore has published dozens of specialized articles in top journals and chapters in prestigious volumes on the ancient Maya.

She has authored or co-edited numerous books and monographs, including “Voices in American Archaeology,” “Settlement Archaeology at Quirigua,” “Integrating the Diversity of 21st Century Anthropology: Life & Intellectual Legacies of Susan Kent,” “Archaeologies of Landscape,” and “Household & Community in the Mesoamerican Past.” With Robert Sharer, she co-authored the popular textbook, “Discovering Our Past,” which is now in its sixth edition.

Ashmore will also offer a specialized seminar on Friday, Feb. 13 at noon in Anthropology Room 248.

Both events are free and open to the public.