2nd Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop 2003

Cities and Towns of the Ancient Maya North in Classic Times

October 31-November 2, 2003

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Kiuic - Northern Lowlands, Yucatan, Mexcio


Kiuic Northern Lowlands, Yucatan, Mexico

Tulane University has a long history of archaeological research in the Northern Maya Lowlands. We invite you to join archaeologists and specialists in hieroglyphic decipherment for a series of lectures, discussions, and workshops focusing on recent discoveries about the Classic Period (A.D. 250-900) of this area.

Annual Schedule Information

The Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop will begin with a keynote address on the evening of Friday, October 31st, which is free and open to the public. Saturday's events include a series of lectures from preeminent scholars in the fields of Maya archaeology and epigraphy whose research focuses on Classic Period sites located in the Northern Lowlands of the Yucatán Peninsula. Sunday, November 2nd features workshops at both beginning and advanced levels for those interested in exploring Maya hieroglyphic texts or other topics ranging from astronomy to Maya calendrics. All events will take place on the campus of Tulane University. Click here for a campus map.

Public Events

Please join us for the keynote address by Dr. George E. Stuart on Friday evening, and be sure to make time on Friday afternoon for a guided tour of the collections gallery of the Middle American Research Institute. Tours will be offered at 2 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Each tour will be limited to 15 people, so please register early. Registration is on a first-come first-served basis.

Tour of the Middle American Research Institute Gallery (2:00 and 3:30 PM)
Location: 4th floor of Dinwiddie Hall
Registration is required

Keynote Address:
Dr. George E. Stuart:
Places and People in the Archaeology of Northern Yucatán, 1957-2003

Friday, October 31, 2003, 8:00 PM- Freeman Auditorium
Free and Open to the Public

Join renowned lecturer Dr. George Stuart, who recently retired as Staff Archaeologist of the National Geographic Society, as he takes us on a journey through northern Yucatán from the 1950s to the present. Highlights will include behind-the-scenes views of archaeological explorations at Dzibilchaltún (1957-60), Balankanche cave (1959), and Cobá (1974-75), as well as Dr. Stuart’s reminiscences of the many archaeologists and adventurers he met while traveling in the northern Maya lowlands for National Geogra


Saturday, November 1 in Freeman Auditorium


8:30 - 9:00

Registration and refreshments



Introductory remarks



An Overview of Maya Archaeology of the Northern Lowlands

Rafael Cobos


Placing the Center: The Influence of Formative Sacbeob in Classic Site Design at Yaxuná, Yucatán

Travis W. Stanton, David A. Freidel, and Traci Ardren


Coffee break



Settlement Research at Dzibilchaltún and Komchén

Edward B. Kurjack, Rubén Maldonado C., and E. Wyllys Andrews


Life in the Hill Country: Recent Archaeological Work in the Bolonchen District of the Puuc Hills

George Bey, Tomás Gallareta, and William M. Ringle





Inscriptions of the Puuc Region

Nikolai Grube


The Nature of Urbanism at Ancient Chunchucmil: Salt Traders of the Northern Maya Lowlands

Traci Ardren, Aline Magnoni, and David Hixson


Refreshment break



Feathered Serpents and the League of Mayapán

William M. Ringle


Discussion and Question and Answer Period


Sunday, November 2 in the Diboll Center
Participants select one workshop for each session. The morning workshops (Session I) are from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., with a mid-morning refreshment break. Please join us at 9 a.m. for coffee. The afternoon workshops (Session II), are from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m., with a mid-afternoon refreshment break.


Session I -

Maya Dates and the Calendar (beginners)

Anthony F. Aveni

The Art of Maya Monuments (beginners)

Bryan Just

Astronomical Tables in the Maya Codices (intermediate/advanced)

Victoria R. Bricker and Harvey M. Bricker



Session II-

A Photographic Tour of the Northern Maya Lowlands through the Lens of the Middle American Research Institute (beginners)

David R. Hixson and David S. Anderson

Ritual Texts and Deities in the Maya Codices (beginners)

Gabrielle Vail

Mapping the Ancient Maya Landscape: Place Names and Emblem Glyphs in the Northern Lowlands(intermediate/advanced)

Markus Eberl

*Please note that titles and speakers are subject to change. Changes will be posted to the website, but notices will not be mailed to registrants.

A Tradition Begins: The First Annual Tulane Maya Symposium and Workshop

In November 2002, scholars, students, and those interested in learning more about ancient Maya culture gathered on the campus of Tulane University in New Orleans for a fascinating weekend full of new discoveries and fruitful discussion on Archaeology, Astronomy, and Texts from the Northern Maya Lowlands. Click here to take a retrospective look at last year's symposium and workshop.


Tulane University
100 Jones Hall
New Orleans LA 70118

ph: (504) 865-5164;  fx:(504) 865-6719


Monday, October 13, 2003
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