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MAYA 2012: Lords of Time

MAYA 2012: Lords of Time

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Voices from Ancient Maya Skeletons: Advances in Analyzing Death, the Body, and Burial

Katherine A. Miller from Arizona State University presents "Voices from Ancient Maya Skeletons: Advances in Analyzing Death, the Body, and Burial" at the Penn Museum's 29th Annual Maya Weekend, "The Ancient Maya in the 21st Century: Advances in Analysis and Presenting the Past."

35mins

13 Jul 2011

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What Pedestrian Surveys Tell Us about the Ancient Maya Masses

Maya Weekend 2011 explored the advances in fields of scientific analysis and visual presentation of ancient Maya culture. Specialists in 3-dimensional modeling of architecture and remote sensing joined archaeologists focused on the close study of materials and physical remains from ancient kingdoms of the Classic Maya.

30mins

12 Jul 2011

Rank #2

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Remote Ideas from Remote Locations: Technology in Maya Settlement Archaeology

Maya Weekend 2011 explored the advances in fields of scientific analysis and visual presentation of ancient Maya culture. Specialists in 3-dimensional modeling of architecture and remote sensing joined archaeologists focused on the close study of materials and physical remains from ancient kingdoms of the Classic Maya.

29mins

8 Jul 2011

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Maya Goddesses

Karen Bassie-Sweet from the University of Calgary, presents a talk, "Maya Goddesses."Penn Museum's Maya Weekend is one of the largest and oldest meetings in the United States devoted to Maya studies. 2010 brings together international scholars, speakers of Mayan descent, weavers, conservationists, and others actively involved with traditional Maya communities within Central America, for an engaging look at the daily life of Maya women, and their roles in religion, politics, and the community.

37mins

13 Jun 2011

Rank #4

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Women in Stone: Understanding Classic Period Maya Female Ajaws

University of Pennsylvania's doctoral student in the anthropology department Sarah Kurnick gives the paper "Women in Stone: Understanding Classic Period Maya Female Ajaws." She is studying Maya archaeology and is currently conducting dissertation research in the Mopan Valley of Belize. She has also done field work along the Pacific coast of Guatemala and in Yucatán, Mexico. The Classic period Maya created a number of monuments depicting politically powerful women. Notably, a handful of these monuments depict not just politically powerful women, but female ajaws, or female divine rulers. Her presentation took a closer look at the Classic period Maya female ajaws and their representations on monuments – topics that have attracted the attention of only a few archaeologists. In particular, it considered how the female ajaws acquired their authority; how they transferred their authority to their successors; and how they chose to portray themselves on monuments as a means of maintaining their authority during their reigns.

32mins

13 Jun 2011

Rank #5