Peabody Museum: Two Ways of Knowing: Creating Ancient Maya History through Inscriptions and Archaeology


Monday, September 18, 2017, 6:00pm


Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA


Image of Myan Temple2017 Tatiana Proskouriakoff Public Lecture and Reception

Simon Martin, Associate Curator and Keeper of Collections, American Section, University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology

Scholars have made significant advances in the interpretation of ancient Maya hieroglyphs in the past forty years. The deep understanding of these inscriptions make the study of the ancient Maya as complex and layered as that of Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Greek, or Roman civilizations–each of which combines the reading of texts with the physical remains of archaeological excavations. This important development, however, also raises issues about how the integration of textual and material evidence is best achieved. Simon Martin will explore this challenge within the context of Maya studies and review the academic debate over ways history is both discovered and created.