The Mexican archaeological complex of Teotihuacan

Welcome! The 43rd Midwest Conference on Mesoamerican Archaeology and Ethnohistory (MMAE) will be held at Northeastern Illinois University on Friday, March 6, and Saturday, March 7, 2020. Admission is free and registration is not necessary. 

The conference is an excellent opportunity for scholars conducting research on Mexico or areas of northern Central America to present their recent work in archaeology, art history, ethnohistory, ethnography, the history of archaeology, and related fields.

Known for being informal and collegial, the MMAE is a venue where presenters can discuss emerging or ongoing research and receive feedback from their colleagues. This a great place to pilot new ideas, refine your SAA presentation, and get feedback in a relaxed atmosphere. It is also an ideal setting for graduate students and strong undergraduates to gain valuable experience in presenting their work outside their home institution. This is also a good opportunity to catch up with colleagues and see some papers.  

The conference features 20-minute presentations on March 7 with time for constructive comments and questions. We will have an informal reception Saturday evening to foster and enhance supportive scholarly discussion. The program and abstracts can be found here. 

We hope you can join us in the Windy City!


  • The Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, NEIU
  • The Department of Anthropology, NEIU
  • Latina/o & Latin American Studies Program, NEIU

Interested in co-sponoring the conference? Contact

Chicago is easily accessible through one of two airports (Midway [MID], O'Hare [ORD]). Trains arrive at Union Station. Northeastern Illinois University can be reached by public transportation from any of these transportation hubs. The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has bus and light rail (“The L”) information to help you get around town. Driving directions to NEIU are also available.

Parking at NEIU is $5 per day using the Passport parking app. Lots C and J are closest to Bernard Brommel Hall, where Saturday's conference will take place. The campus map shows the location of these lots as well as BBH.  

Northeastern is located in a residential neighborhood, so hotels/motels are scarce—the closest options are listed below. Each has or is near fast-casual restaurants (e.g., Panera Bread) should you choose to extend your stay by arriving early or staying later. Note that AirBnB or VRBO may also have availability in the area.  

Holiday Inn Chicago North Shore
5300 W. Touhy Ave., Skokie, Ill. 60077
(847) 679-8900
5.2 miles, or about a 15-minute drive from campus.

Rodeway Inn Chicago-Evanston
6155 N. Jersey Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60659
(847) 931-4800
1.6 miles (5 minutes) by car, 1.2 miles (25 minutes) walking.

Rodeway Inn
5952 N. Lincoln Ave., Chicago, Ill. 60659
(773) 784-1118
1.9 miles (8 minutes) by car, 1.4 miles (28 minutes) walking.

    Friday, March 6, 2020, Recital Hall, Fine Arts Building (FA)

    • 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m.: Welcome Reception
    • 5:30 p.m.-6:30 p.m.: Keynote Address: "Bones, Heads, and Eyes: Maya ritual Display of Body Parts in Northern Yucatan," Dr. Virginia Miller, University of Illinois at Chicago

    Saturday, March 7, 2020