The world of Mesoamerican studies is shocked and saddened to learn of the tragic death of Dr. Pierre Robert Colas, Professor of Anthropology at Vanderbilt University. Robbie, as many new him, was a rising star in the field of Maya archaeology and epigraphy; his senseless and unspeakable loss will be felt by all his friends, students and colleagues for years to come.
Information on last night’s tragedy remains sketchy, but news updates are available through this weblog established by Vanderbilt University. Importantly, those who knew Robbie can there post thoughts and words of remembrance. All prayers and condolences go out to his family and loved ones.