Events and Announcements
March 12, 2014 - 8pm, Presentation
Ancient Maya Cities Series
Copan and Its Recorded History – What do the hieroglyphs at Copan reveal?
With Marta Barber
Copan, together with Palenque, is probably the site that has contributed the most to the decipherment of Maya hieroglyphic writing. Epigraphers tell us that the scribes of Copan knew how to manipulate the language in ways other major sites didn’t. Just from the precision of the carvings, it’s not hard to conclude that they took their writing seriously.
It is not the writing, but the legacy of Copan’s 16+ rulers that will be the focus of my talk. What they left behind is magnificent. The story is not over yet; with the recent discoveries at El Rastrojon, another chapter is being revealed.
“In Gar We Trust: Fish Imagery in Ancient Maya Kingship and Cosmology",
with Dr. Kevin J. Johnston, Foundation for Anthropological Research and Environmental Studies (FARES).
In Classic Maya iconography, following his death and prior to his rebirth out of a turtle shell, the young Maize God is carried through the Underworld in the belly of a creature that has often been misidentified as a “feathered serpent.” In fact, this supernatural creature is the peje lagarto, or “alligator fish,” otherwise known as the giant freshwater gar.
The March 2014 IMS Explorer tells us about "A Noble Effort to Fight Malnutrition in Guatemala"; the upcoming Congress of Maya Epigraphers (MAM); a stone figure at Dumbarton Oaks and its intriguing back story; "Peru Has Love Affair with Hairless Dogs"; Maya Murals found at the site of Tulix Mul; and a 2,000-year-old Skeleton Unearthed in Davie, FL.
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Tulum – Be Your Own guide is an app for iPhone or iPad that provides directions to and information on items of interest at the site of Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico. It is designed to guide you around the site during a visit. When used onsite, the app uses your device's GPS to direct you to specific structures and other features around the site. No Wi-Fi or cellular data is used, so no need to worry about large data bills. Read on to find out why I think you should spend $0.99 for this app even if you don't plan on visiting Tulum any time soon.
by Keith Merwin, IMS Webmaster
The Scribes of the Institute of Maya Studies are working to make old issues of IMS' newsletters available to members. They have started with the very first issue: Volume 1 Number 1, April 1972. As issues are scanned, they will be available to members in the "Members Only" area of the website. Login and download issues from 1972 through 1975. Issues from 2008 through the current issue are also available. We are hoping to have all issues of our 40-year-plus organization up for reading in the not-so-distant fugure. This is one of the advantages of being a member. If you are not a Member go HERE to join today!