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MAYA FIELD WORKSHOPS March 11 - 18, 2017

Copan - Quirigua, featuring Hieroglyphic Stairway, Las Sepulturas and Rastrajon

 (Note: Maya Field Workshops have been sold out for the past three years. It is highly advisable that you reserve your space early. Registration details coming soon.)


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.

Over many days you will become immersed in the history and culture of ancient Copan, one of the greatest of all Maya kingdoms. We will visit the temples and read and decode the sites many beautiful monuments, using the latest advances in interpreting Maya art and hieroglyphic writing. We will combine this on-site experience with daily lectures and workshops, so participants can work directly and actively with the material.

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.






Friday, March 10

Travel for some to Guatemala City (others may arrive early Saturday)

Saturday, March 11

Transportation from Guatemala City to Copan

Welcome dinner

Sunday, March 12

AM: Visit to the Copan Acropolis

PM Lecture: Introduction to the Ancient Maya and Maya Archaeology

Monday, March 13

AM: Ruins Las Sepulturas and Rastrajon

PM: Seminar: Introduction to Maya Iconography

Tuesday, March 14

AM: Ruins The Great Plaza and Hieroglyphic Stairway

PM: Town Museum and Seminar: Introduction to Maya Hieroglyphs

Wednesday, March 15

AM:Ruins: Temple 16 and Temple 22

PM: Tour of the Copan Sculpture Museum

Thursday, March 16

AM: Ruins La Sepulturas and Stela 13

PM: Seminar: The Hieroglyphic Stairway

Friday, March 17

AM: Visit to the Archaeological Laboratory of Copan

PM: Seminar: The Quirigua War

Saturday, March 18

AM: Depart Copan for Quirigua

PM: Visit to Quirigua site

Overnight near Quirigua

Sunday, March 19

Departures for Guatemala City