Thursday, April 26, 2012
Mat Saunders opened the 2nd annual Maya at the Lago conferenece at Davidson Day School on Thursday afternoon.
Jaime Awe stepped up and made the first presentation -- "The Monumental Architecture of Cahal Pech, Xunantunich and Caracol" -- when Harri Kettunen, who was scheduled to open the conference, was unable to make it from Belize.
George Stuart gave a first-hand account of his work at two Maya caves. Called "Past and Present in Xibalba: An Eyewitness Account of Discovery in Two Maya Caves."
Abstract: George E. Stuart - Boundary End Archaeological Resource Center
A first-hand account of two caves, and their amazing contents. First was Balankanche, just east of Chichén Itzá, Yucatán. There, in October 1959, a vast hidden series of passageways was discovered. Later that month the local Maya h-men and his helpers conducted a 30-hour ceremony in order to purify the holy place after our encroachment. Nearly 20 years later, a Maya family in the sparsely populated eastern Petén discovered Naj Tunich and its multitude of pristine 1,200-year-old drawings and texts. This is the story of these places and what they have taught us about the worlds of the Maya.
The Opening Night Dinner Reception was held at the Galway Hooker (local Irish pub). The buffet of classic Irish food included Shepard's pie and corned beef-and-cabbage. And of course everyone enjoyed talking with the archaeologists. (Tickets for the dinner were sold separately.)