Update on Professor’s Tragic Death
Three Nashville men have been found guilty in the deaths of anthropology professor Pierre Colas and his sister, Marie. The Colases were shot at Pierre’s home in East Nashville in a home invasion/robbery in August 2008. The assailants have been sentenced to life terms; additional suspects are in jail awaiting trial.
The Department of Anthropology celebrated Colas’ life and work with a 2009 conference that examined the themes and perspectives central to Mayan culture, identity, language and history. At the time of his death, the 32-year-old Colas was an assistant professor in the College of Arts and Science as well as a prolific scholar known for his groundbreaking work in Mayan epigraphy.