Into the Snake Kingdom and Calakmul
MAYA FIELD WORKSHOPS ~ December 10 through 17, 2016 (flying home on Dec. 18)
Maya Field Workshops are intensive on-site seminars that introduce you to the world of Maya archaeology and epigraphy, led by renowned scholar David Stuart of the University of Texas at Austin. They focus not on tours and traveling, but on a concentrated experience of a single place over the course of one week.
CALAKMUL AND THE SNAKE KINGDOM
For December 2016, the Maya Field Workshops will visit the heartland of the Maya region, studying the history and archaeology of southern Campeche and Quintana Roo. It was in this once-densely populated area that the most powerful of all Maya dynasties rose and developed, exerting considerable influence over the course of Classic Maya history and geopolitics. These were the rulers of the so-called “Snake Kingdom,” or Kanul (Kaan). Our journeys will take us to key places in the history of the Snake kings as we study many new aspects of their emerging history, most of it still debated and discussed among archaeologists. We plan visit Dzibanche, Calakmul, Balamku, Becan, Xpuhil, Rio Bec, and others less accessible. Join us for one of the most adventurous workshops we’ve ever undertaken!
This is not a week-long traveling tour. Rather, it is an intensive intellectual and cultural experience rooted in one place, allowing you a unique and direct hands-on experience with ancient Maya civilization.
David Stuart, the leader of our workshops and classes, has been a key player in the decipherment of Maya hieroglyphs. He is the Schele Professor of Mesoamerican Art and Writing at UT-Austin, and is recipient of a MacArthur Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship. David is the author or co-author of many important books on Maya culture and history, and is now actively working with many field projects in the Maya area.