Congratulations are in order to Dr. Elizabeth Graham, of the UCL Institute of Archaeology on receiving the Society for American Archaeology (SAA) Award for Excellence in Latin American and Caribbean Archaeology. This award is presented annually to an individual who has made a lasting and significant contribution to the practice of archaeology and/or to the construction of archaeological knowledge in Latin America or the Caribbean.

Dr. Liz Graham research focuses on Maya of Pre Columbian and early colonial Mesoamerica. Her work at Lamanai Archaeological Reserve has centered on lesser known periods of transition, such as the years of the Maya collapse, during which time Lamanai's population continued to thrive, and the transition to the colonial period. Her work on the coast reflects her interest in the environmental impact of human populations in these environments, particularly with regard to resource exploitation and the mitigation of the effects of rising sea levels.

She has been working in Belize since 1973; once being the Archaeological Commissioner with the Department of Archaeology. Presently she is directing research at the site of Lamanai in the Orange Walk District and Marco Gonzalez on Ambergris Caye.

Congratulations Dr. Graham and thank you for your contribution to archaeology in Belize.

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