This year’s symposium, titled “Monumental Landscapes: How the Maya Shaped Their World,” will examine the ways in which the ancient Maya altered their natural landscape to create monumental cities and communities. Recent research has dramatically enhanced our understanding of natural, political, and sacred landscapes in the Maya area. The invited scholars have explored this topic from different regions and perspectives, across the lowlands of Belize and Guatemala to the Guatemalan highlands.
The goal of this symposium is to showcase some of the most recent research in the Maya region that helps us examine and understand an array of topics such as early monumental construction, the development of kingship, the formation of complex political landscapes, and the role of sacred landscapes in the ancient Maya world. New texts, new analytical techniques, and new discoveries discussed in these presentations will help us appreciate how complex and dynamic Maya monumental landscapes were.
To that end, we have assembled a wonderful group of scholars in Maya archaeology whose different fields of expertise will allow us to muster as diverse an array of evidence as possible. Given how rare of an accomplishment such a consortium is, please JOIN US!
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