Unearthing Xultun: New Discoveries in Maya Science and Art

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First discovered in 1915, and still buried by more than a millennium of tropical forest growth, the wealth of the once-thriving Maya city of Xultun in Guatemala is only now being brought to light. Recent archaeological investigations are providing a first glimpse of the city’s scholarly and artistic traditions, from its astronomical tables charting the cosmos to its completely preserved ceremonial complex dedicated to ancestry, creation and sacrifice. These finds and others offer clues to the site’s dynamic history of interaction in the region and help to establish it among its better known Classic Period peers.

The Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology at Harvard University presents the free lecture "Unearthing Xultun: New Discoveries in Maya Science and Art" on Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at the Geological Lecture Hall (24 Oxford St., Cambridge) at 6:00 PM. A reception will follow at the Peabody Museum (11 Divinity Avenue).

Xultun made headlines earlier this year: it is the site of the earliest known Maya calendar. The exciting story of how William Saturno discovered the earliest known Maya murals in San Bartolo--only a few kilometers from Xultun--is told in the exhibition Stories Walls: Murals of the Americas. Dr. Saturno is an Assistant Professor of Archaeology at Boston University.




Xultun photo by Jorge Perez de Lara, courtesy Proyecto San Bartolo-Xultun

"Unearthing Xultun: New Discoveries in Maya Science and Art" is Wednesday, October 17, 2012 at 6:00 pm at the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford St., Cambridge.

William Saturno, Assistant Professor of Archaeology, Boston University

A public reception follows at the Peabody Museum, 11 Divinity Ave., Cambridge.

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