This is the symbol for C.A.S.P.E.R. It signifies the symmetry of a haunting: a search for something that is still unknown, but something that is very cultural in nature. Casper is a natural state, not paranormal manifestation. It illustrates the “humanness” of a haunting.
It is also the Mayan Glyph for “Casper” the 2nd ruler of the city of Palenque in Mexico (422-487). The real name of the ruler has not been deciphered. He was given the “nickname” by Mayanist Scholar, Floyd Lounsburg because his name glyph resembles the cartoon character Casper, the friendly ghost.
This is an appropriate symbol for a Research Center devoted to the excavation and unearthing of interactive ghostly presences at archaeological and ethnographic haunted locations.
Temple of the Inscriptions, Palenque, Chiapas, Mexico (1970)
This is where John did some archaeological survey work in the surrounding jungle during the early 1970s.
Theatrical ghosting – this is the basis of our cultural scenarios. This drawing was created by Melissa Sabol to illustrate the idea. For more information on theatrical ghosting, please see John’s book “Digging Up Ghosts: The Archaeology of the Interactive Past”.