September 20, 2017 Presentation

September 20, 2017 - 6pm, Presentation

THE NAKED AND THE DEAD: RITUAL AND SACRIFICE AT THE DAWN OF MAYA CIVILIATION IN HOLTUN, GUATEMALA,

with Michael G. Callaghan, Ph.D., University of Central Florida

and Brigitte Kovacevich, Ph.D., University of Central Florida

Artifacts, hieroglyphs, architecture, and art have allowed archaeologists to reconstruct the lifeways and worldview of the Classic period Maya who inhabited the tropical lowlands of Mesoamerica from AD 250-900.  However, the story of Classic Maya civilization begins almost one thousand years earlier in a shadowy and poorly understood past.  The Preclassic period began around 1000 BC and witnessed the advent of Classic Maya architecture, material culture, writing, and worldview.  In this talk, Drs. Kovacevich and Callaghan, discuss the latest insights into the dawn of Preclassic Maya civilization from the perspective of the site of Holtun, Guatemala.  Recent excavations reveal the importance of ritual and sacrifice in the establishment of Holtun as a Preclassic-period urban center.  Highlighting entombed temples with painted walls, monumental stucco masks, writing, graffiti, early burials, and scenes of sacrifice, the speakers present a model for Holtun's founding emphasizing early community worship that quickly transforms into ruler-focused ritual.

 

The Institute of Maya Studies is now a community partner with Miami Dade College – Kendall Campus, Miami, FL. This program will take place at 6 p.m. in K-413 (in Building K-4, Room 13). Check out the campus map for the location of Building K-4 on mdc.edu or, call the Maya Hotline (305-279-8110) for directions.

 

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