Welcome to Tulane University’s
Maya Symposium webpage. Since 2002, Tulane University has hosted a weekend of talks and workshops dedicated
to the study of the Maya civilization of Mexico and Central America. This yearly
meeting has called upon scholars from a wide spectrum of specialties—epigraphy,
archaeology, art history, linguistics, history, and cultural
anthropology—to elucidate the many facets of this fascinating
Mesoamerican culture. In developing a broad approach to
the subject matter, we aim to draw the interest of a wide ranging
group of people—from the expert to the beginner.
Tulane Maya Symposium:
The Snake Kingdom
Feb 22-24, 2013
The Middle American Research Institute, the Center for Inter-American Policy and Research, and Far Horizons are proud to present the Tenth Annual Tulane Maya Symposium
and Workshop. This year’s symposium, titled “KAANAL: The Snake Kingdom of the Classic Maya”, will explore one of the largest ancient Maya political entities - the kingdom of Dzibanche and Calakmul.
Recent archaeological and epigraphic research in Quintana Roo, Campeche, and the Peten have outlined the development of a political behemoth during the Classic period that extended its influence from Honduras to Chiapas to the northern Yucatan. Ruled by a long-lived dynasty--called Kaan--from first Dzibanche and then Calakmul, this kingdom grew at its apex in the mid-7th century. This symposium will explore the rise, rule, and fall of Kaan kings, posing the important question: was the Kaan kingdom a unique experiment in Maya political integration?
As in the past three years, MARI will take the reins in organizing the Maya
Symposium. In collaboration with Tulane's Center for Inter-American Policy and Research and the New
Orleans Museum of Art, we hope to develop a diverse set
of activities and topics for the symposium’s participants
and attendees for many years to come. Now that MARI has returned to its
new facilities in renovated Dinwiddie Hall, we are expanding the
scope and range of activities offered by the Symposium.
In keeping with tradition, this year’s Maya Symposium
will incorporate a wide variety of specialties such as epigraphy,
archaeology, and art history to explore the research being
conducted on the ancient Maya civilization. This conference will use this
interdisciplinary approach to focus on how and why the great
cites and states of the Maya civilization developed throughout the lowlands, highlands, and coast.
For 2013, we are excitied to announce that this year's keynote hosted at the New Orleans Museum of Art will be given by Dr. Peter Mathews of La Trobe University who will regale us with stories about how Site Q and the Snake Dynasty were "discovered". We will also host a viewing of the Precolumbian collection at NOMA. On Sunday, the Hieroglyph Forum and the Workshops will focus on newly discovered texts from La Corona and elsewhere. Finally, throughout the weekend, we will also be featuring M.A.R.I.'s new exhibit, "Faces of the Maya." The Latin American Library houses a collection of Merle Greene Robertson's rubbings, which may be viewed upon request.
PLEASE JOIN US! We invite you to join us in
New Orleans, LA, February 22-24, 2013 at Tulane University
and the New Orleans Museum of Art to learn of the recent developments
in Maya studies as they relate to the broader topic of Mesoamerican
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