We invite you to join us on February 15-17, 2008 as we explore the physical and sacred geography of the Maya region, Maya origin stories and beliefs focusing on caves and cenotes, and rituals associated with these locales.
Between now and October 15th, we are offering a 50% discount on registration for the symposium. For more details, click on the link below:
Register for the Tulane Maya Symposium
Friday, February 15th
9:00 AM -12:00 PM K-12 Educator workshop given by Dr. Bryan Just. Priority registration given to K-12 educators, open to all on a space available basis. The workshop material will give a general overview of the symposium theme. All Friday workshops will be held in the Latin American Library.
The Maya Underground: An Introduction to the Ancient Maya and Their Ideas about Caves, Cenotes, and the Underworld, by Bryan Just
1:30 PM -4:30 PM Participants may register for one of the workshops being offered on Friday afternoon.
Caves, Cenotes, Cosmology, and Calculations, (beginning level) by Anthony Aveni
Maya Glyphic Inscriptions in the Naj Tunich Cave, (intermediate/advanced level) by Markus Eberl
7:00-8:00 PM Keynote Address by George E. Stuart: The Hole Truth: Reflections on Fifty Years of Maya Cave and Cenote Research. Free and open to the public. This talk will be held in the Freeman Auditorium on Tulane's campus.
Saturday, February 16th
All lectures on Saturday, February 16 will be held in the Freeman Auditorium.
Gabrielle Vail, Opening remarks
Cenotes and Caves of the Maya Region: Natural Archives of Paleoenvironmental Information, Mark Brenner
Emerging from the Dark: The Development of Maya Cave Archaeology, James Brady
Rituals and Meanings Related to Maya Human Disposals in Caves and Cenotes, Vera Tiesler and Andrea Cucina
Caves, Sinkholes, and Springs in Maya Art and Writing, Marc Zender
"Giving the Devil His Due…”: Ah Tanlahob Chac (The Servants of Chac) and Colonial Yucatec Maya Rituals and Offerings in Caves and Cenotes, 1550-1750, John Chuchiak
Prohibido Tocar Este Cenote: The Archaeological Basis for the Titles of Ebtun, Rani Alexander
Modern Kaqchikel Altars: Making and Re-making Sacred Spaces, Judith Maxwell
Sunday, February 17th
9:30-12:00 PM We welcome you to join the presenters on Sunday morning as they gather for an informal discussion on the role of caves and cenotes in the Maya region.
Oficial site: http://stonecenter.tulane.edu/MayaSymposium/