This year’s symposium offers a glimpse of Maya life through images and hieroglyphic texts painted by Maya scribes called ah tz’ibob. Murals from the northern Maya area will be the focus of discussions by archaeologists, epigraphers, and art historians, with additional examples from elsewhere in the Maya world. We will explore the earliest murals, recently discovered at Late Preclassic San Bartolo, to the latest pre-Columbian examples from the Late Postclassic sites of Mayapán and Tulum.





Thursday, February 1 - Pre-Conference Events

1:00 - 3:00 PM Area educators and teachers may register for this workshop as an introduction to the weekend's events on Friday. The workshop is open to anyone with or without prior knowledge about the Maya. Curriculum ideas and classroom activities will be offered to correspond to the following symposium events.

Teacher Workshop: Introduction to The Maya, presented in 100 Jones Hall by Markus Eberl

4:00-5:00 PM This illustrated lecture focuses on the contributions of Zapotec hieroglyphic writing of a Prehispanic Oaxacan Mural painting.

An Ancient Story of Creation from San Pedro Jaltepetongo, Oaxaca, presented in the MARI Institute in Dinwiddie Hall by Javier Urcid.


Friday, February 2

Those attending Friday workshops, please meet on the second floor of the Lavin-Bernick Center in front of rooms 201-202 to pick up registration materials.

2:00-5:00 PM Participants may register for one of the workshops being offered on Friday afternoon. The workshop material will be accessible to beginning epigraphers, as well as to those with more experience working with hieroglyphic texts. Both Friday workshops will be held in the new Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life.

Iconography and Hieroglyphic Texts by Maya Ah Tz’ibob, presented in Room 201 of LBC by Bryan Just
Maya Calendars and Astronomy, presented in Room 202 of LBC by Anthony Aveni

7:00-8:00 PM Keynote Address by Karl Taube: Windows to Another World: Murals of Ancient Mesoamerica. Free and open to the public. This talk will be held in the Freeman Auditorium on Tulane's campus.

Our keynote speaker, Dr. Karl Taube, will discuss his research on painted imagery from the Preclassic to Postclassic Maya lowlands. Dr. Taube has studied the art and iconography from prehispanic Mesoamerica extensively, focusing on that from the Maya and Olmec areas and central Mexico. His recent research and publications center on the writing and religious systems of ancient Mesoamerica. This lecture is free and open to the public.


Saturday, February 3

Saturday’s program opens with an overview of murals and painted texts from the Northern Maya Lowlands by Merideth Paxton. The program continues with a tour of the northern area, stopping for a detailed examination of painted texts and murals from Ek’ Balam by Alfonso Lacadena, Leticia Vargas, and Víctor Castillo; Chichén Itzá by Virginia Miller; and Mayapán by Susan Milbrath.

Moving into the Southern area, we will hear from William Saturno, who discovered the exquisite murals at the Late Preclassic site of San Bartolo, Guatemala; from Francisco Estrada-Belli, who is studying Classic period murals from the Petén site of Holmul; and from Elin Danien, who will discuss her research with the University of Pennsylvania Museum’s collection of pottery vessels from the Chamá region of highland Guatemala.

All lectures on Saturday, February 3 will be held in the Freeman Auditorium.




9:00-9:15 AM Preliminary remarks
9:15-10:00 Prehispanic Maya Paintings from the Architecture of the Yucatán Peninsula: A Survey
Merideth Paxton
10:00-10:45 Murals and Painted Texts from Ek’ Balam
Alfonso Lacadena, Leticia Vargas, and Víctor Castillo
11:00-11:45 Mural Painting at Chichén Itzá
Virginia Miller
11:45-12:30 PM Postclassic Murals at Mayapán: A Window into the Mesoamerican World View
Susan Milbrath and Carlos Peraza Lope
12:30-2:00 LUNCH

Acts of Creation and Kingship: The Murals of San Bartolo, Guatemala
William Saturno

2:45-3:30 Early Classic Maya Paintings from the Holmul Region and the Maya-
Teotihuacan Affair

Francisco Estrada-Belli
3:45-4:30 Conserving the Painted History of Chamá: Image, Text, and Politics in Maya Polychrome Pottery
Elin Danien, Lynn Grant, and Gene Ware
4:30-5:00 DISCUSSION


Sunday, February 4

9:00-12:00 PM We welcome you to join the presenters on Sunday morning as they gather for an informal discussion of their research as it relates to the symposium theme. Located in Room 208, Lavin-Bernick Center.


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