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Dec 6, 2013: Simon Martin: Hierarchy and Hegemony in the Classic Maya World

Simon Martin

Simon Martin

Hierarchy and Hegemony in the Classic Maya World
Simon Martin, Associate Curator, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Friday, December 6, 7:30 pm, 112 Anderson Center, Hamline University, St. Paul
Cost: $5* (Maya Society members, Science Museum staff and volunteers, and students free)

Understanding political organization is a key goal in the study of any ancient civilization, since a comprehension of how communities were constructed and distributed across a landscape has implications for all areas of social structure, economics, conflict, and ideology, to name but a few. Fortunately, over the past three decades the ancient Maya script has succumbed to decipherment and revealed contemporary accounts of how the Classic Maya world functioned. In this talk, Dr. Martin will explore the rhetoric of Maya politics and will discuss the history of investigations into this topic as new data has altered our agendas and perspectives. The emergence of Maya studies as a literate and historical discipline has important and exciting consequences for how we approach the interaction of material and textual data. Progress has been rapid and new finds suggest that we will appreciate the intricacies of Maya society in a way long thought to be beyond recovery.

Workshop: The Serpent Story: Deciphering a Major Maya Kingdom
Simon Martin, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Saturday, December 7, 9:00-noon, 304 Anderson Center, Hamline University, St. Paul
Cost: $10* (students free)

The Classic Maya saw the rise and fall of many powerful kingdoms but none were more influential, or wide-ranging in its ambitions, than the kingdom of Kaan or “Snake.” First coming to prominence in the sixth century CE, the Snake kingdom pursued a policy of hegemonic control that led to a large number of fellow kingdoms falling under their political sway. In this workshop complementing the Friday evening lecture, Dr. Martin will explore the texts that allow us to reconstruct the activities and the personalities that drove the success of this one major player. Participants will be taken through the most relevant inscriptions, at times in a glyph-by-glyph scale of analysis and explanation.

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Questions? Contact the Maya Society at mayasociety@hamline.edu or 612-625-8606 (Phyllis Messenger, IAS).

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Cosponsored by the Science Museum of Minnesota, Hamline University and the Maya Society of Minnesota.

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