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Off to Austin and the 2016 Maya Meetings Jan 13-16

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If you are going to the Maya Meetings next week, drop me a line. Vicki and I would love to see all our Maya Field Workshop buddies! I’ll be there for the workshops on Wednesday and Thursday as well as the Symposium. There’s another great lineup for this year’s Maya Meetings at the University of Texas at Austin. I’ve been going for many years since my first one in 1984. Here are some of the featured topics and speakers. You can still register here. (The glyph you see, is the Dos Pilas toponym or place name.)

 

 

Friday, January 15
Welcome Remarks
David Stuart

The 1960s Peabody–Harvard Project at Ceibal: An Overview of its Background, Goals and Achievements
Jeremy Sabloff

The Development of Political Complexity in the Maya Lowlands: New Insights from Preclassic Ceibal
Daniela Triadan

Classic Maya Commoners in the Petexbatun Region
Markus Eberl

King of the Hill: Demography, Dynasty and Diplomacy in the Northwestern Maya Mountains
Nicholas Carter

Yopaat, a Maya Storm God and its Relation to the Jaguar
Maria Eugenia Gutierrez

The (Re)invention of Incompletive Aspect in Cholan
Daniel Law

The Environmental Backdrop of the Petexbatun and Beyond
Tim Beach

Ceibal in Historical Context
David Stuart

Saturday Jan 16
The Political History of Classic-Period Ceibal
Takeshi Inomata

Setting the Stage for Kingship: Domestic and Public Rituals at Preclassic Ceibal
Jessica McLellan and Melissa Burham

God L: An Obsidian Merchant Deity
Karen Bassie

The Three Throne-Stones of Creation: San Bartólo Revisited
Ruud Van Akkeren

The Crown Was Held Above Him: Revisiting a Classic Maya Coronation Ceremony
Marc Zender

Architectural Framing in the Northern Maya Lowlands
Maline Werness–Rude and Kaylee Spencer

January 16
The Political History of Classic-Period Ceibal
Takeshi Inomata

Setting the Stage for Kingship: Domestic and Public Rituals at Preclassic Ceibal
Jessica McLellan and Melissa Burham

God L: An Obsidian Merchant Deity
Karen Bassie

The Three Throne-Stones of Creation: San Bartólo Revisited
Ruud Van Akkeren

The Crown Was Held Above Him: Revisiting a Classic Maya Coronation Ceremony
Marc Zender

Architectural Framing in the Northern Maya Lowlands
Maline Werness–Rude and Kaylee Spencer

Voices of the Vassals: Comparing the Rhetoric, History and Politics of La Corona and Dos Pilas
Marcello Canuto

New Evidence on Petexbatun and Pasión River Eighth-Century Economic and Political Change: Breakthroughs on the Mystery of the Collapse of Classic Maya Civilization
Arthur Demarest

 

Opportunity for this December’s Maya Field Workshop

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Breaking: I understand there was a cancellation and one or two spaces may be available for the Yucatan December MFW. This is an awesome opportunity to learn about archaeology and hieroglyphs in the Puuc region of Yucatan, Mexico. For details see post below and visit theMaya Field Workshops, led byDr. David Stuart, this coming December 5 to 13.

Proud to host Ana Bixcul, Kaqchikel Maya, from Sololá, Guatemala

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Vicki and I were so proud to host Ana Bixcul last week at the Bears Inn. Ana is from Sololá, Guatemala and visiting “Starfish One by One” founders, Ted and Connie Ning. Their organization’s goal is to mentor and empower young indigenous Maya girls and women.

Ana, 18, is an excellent student and fluent in the Kaqchikel Mayan language as well as Spanish and English. She says she is hoping for positive change for her country. She has several speaking engagements while visiting the Denver/Evergreen area including the third-graders of Escuela de Guadalupe in Denver about her life on Lake Atitlán.

Guatemala has been in the news this week as a result of the resignation of the president, new elections and anti-corruption protests. We can all hope for the best as things sort out in Ana’s country.

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Pictured are Ted Ning, Vicki Bock, Ana Bixcul, “Noodle” and John Daigle.

Peek at the Maya Puuc Region this December

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puuc2Update: As of today there are only 1 or 2 spots left for the Maya Field Workshops, led by Dr. David Stuart, this coming December 5 to 13. They will be visiting 9 sites in the Yucatan’s Puuc Region. The area is famous for its unique architectural designs and beautiful façades with intricate stone mosaics, and elaborate figurative sculpture. I’ve attended MFW workshops for the past three years and they are “chance of a lifetime” learning experiences for any Mayanist, academic or serious amateur. David’s sister, Ann Stuart does a great job at the logistics of travel, food and accommodations.

You will explore the latest exciting finds in the area that have pushed the origins of the Puuc region well back into the Pre-Classic period. And near the end of the journey you will visit the charming town of Mani, where Xiu dynasty ruled at the time of Spanish contact and where Diego de Landa infamously burned many hieroglyphic books. Among the sites on the itinerary:

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  • Oxkintok
  • Loltun
  • Kabah
  • Sayil
  • Kiuic
  • Edzna
  • Xocnaceh
  • Mani

Learn more about the Puuc region from these two excellent articles. The first is by Meghan Rubenstein, a Ph. D. candidate at the University of Texas. I had the pleasure of meeting Meghan during the Palenque workshop in 2012. Meghan’s blog posts chronicle her dissertation fieldwork at the ancient Maya site of Kabah.

The second article is co-authored by Meghan as well as David Stuart on his Decipherment blog.
“The Reading of Two Dates from the Codz Pop at Kabah, Yucatan.” 

Heading for Tikal, Uaxactun, Yaxha on David Stuart’s Workshop

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Map-TikalSaturday I fly to Flores, Guatemala to meet up with renowned archaeologist and epigrapher, Dr. David Stuart, as I begin my third Maya Field Workshop. David will guide us through Tikal, Uaxactun and Yaxha before heading south to the seldom visited Aguateca and Ceibal. There, we will stay on the scenic Rio Petexbatun. It is sold out as usual and I look forward to meeting many of the friends I met on previous trips to Palenque, Yaxchilan, Bonampak, Chichen Itza, Coba and Ek Balam in the Yucatan. I’ll post more pix and videos as my journey continues. Stay tuned.

Itinerary:

  • Saturday: Arrival & welcome
  • Sunday: Tikal
  • Monday: Tikal
  • Tuesday: Yaxha
  • Wednesday: Uaxactun
  • Thursday: Lake Petexbatun;
  • Friday: Aguateca
  • Saturday: Ceibal; To Flores
  • Sunday: Departure

Mayas for Ancient Mayan: Dr. Bruce Love interview

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At the recent Maya at the Playa Conference, I sat down with Bruce Love, president and field coordinator for Mayas for Ancient Mayan. Bruce received his Ph.D in in Anthropology from UCLA and has 40 years of field experience among the Maya of Mexico, Belize, and Guatemala. MAM is a tax-deductible charitable organization dedicated to bringing the glyphs and ancient calendar back to the Maya people. MAM has had some exciting successes and has ambitious plans for the future as Bruce explains.

Peter Mathews: Maya-at-the-Playa “Roast” videos

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Peter Mathews

In September 2014, noted archaeologists, epigraphers and fellow Mayanists met in Florida for the 8th annual Maya at the Playa conference.Highlighting the conference was a celebration of the achievements of Dr. Peter Mathews who has participated is countless breakthroughs in Maya decipherment. In keeping with Peter’s legendary sense of humor, an evening was set aside for a comic Roast.There are 8 video clips, starting with an introduction by emcee, Dr. Phil Wanyerka followed by David Schele, Stan Guenter, Marc Zender, Armando Anaya, John Justeson, Justin Kerr, and finishing up with Ed Wilson and Peter Mathews himself.

Find more info at the main site of Maya at the Playa Conference. Congratulations and thanks to conference organizer, C. Mathew (Mat) Saunders of Davidson Day School – AFAR Director

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Phil Wanyerka
Video #1 Phil Wanyerka introduces Peter (23 min)
David Schele
Video #2 David Schele (4:21 min)
Stanley Guenter
Video #3 Stan Guenter (10:15 min)
Marc Zender
Video #4 Marc Zender (5:43 min)
Armando Anaya
Video #5 Armando Anaya (5:50 min)
John Justeson
Video #6 John Justeson (3:56 min)
Justin Kerr
Video #7 Justin Kerr (1:22 min)
Peter Mathews & Ed Wilson
Video # 8 Ed Wilson and
random closing shots of attendees (3:34 min)

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