Events and Announcements
The sad news arrived in an unexpected e-mail Sunday morning. Memories came back as if moved by several springs. I met him for the first time at the end of the 1970s, introduced to the young archaeologists then working at Merida, at the Centro Regional del Sureste, by Norberto Gonzalez, INAH´s regional dynamic director.
Ed, who died in Melbourne, Fla., on August 2, was a good teacher, ready to hear your ideas, eager to help whenever you wanted. He showed us how to use the Geoceiver, in those days his favorite toy to precisely register new Maya settlements here and there. That was hard work: the apparatus was really heavy – at least two persons were needed to move it – not counting the car battery used to give it energy. That did not stop Ed; he lent his own Jeep, aptly, the Renegade.
August 13, 2014 - 8 pm: Public IMS Ancient Maya Cities Series Presentation:
"Tulum and Coastal Cities”
with Ray Stewart
The coast of the Yucatan peninsula played an important economic, political and communication role in ancient Maya history, especially in the Postclassic period. Evidence of this importance are the numerous Maya ruins that dot the famous Maya Riviera Coast of the Mexican state of Quintana Roo, facing the Caribbean sea.
August 20, 2014 - 8 pm: Public Institute of Maya Studies Presentation
"Centipedes in the Art and Iconography of the Ancient Maya” – with IMS Explorer newsletter editor Jim Reed
Over the past decade, Maya scholars have begun to agree that a lot of the imagery on Maya ceramics and stone sculpture that was originally thought to be snake imagery is actually centipede imagery. Mayanists Nikolai Grube, Karl Taube, Erik Boot, Michael Grofe and Nicholas Hellmuth have led the way in scholarly research and their insights have helped to put centipedes in their proper light. Of interest, scientists report that a peptide found in centipede venom could prove more powerful than morphine in treating all types of pain, including pain caused by nerve damage, cancer and surgery. Jim Reed will explain the story of why centipedes were so important to the ancient Maya.
The Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, D.C. is currently accepting registrations for its 21st annual symposium, "Land Without Borders:Cultural Interaction between the Pre-Hispanic Southwest"
Tulum – Be Your Own guide is an app for iPhone or iPad that provides directions to and information on items of interest at the site of Tulum, Quintana Roo, Mexico. It is designed to guide you around the site during a visit. When used onsite, the app uses your device's GPS to direct you to specific structures and other features around the site. No Wi-Fi or cellular data is used, so no need to worry about large data bills. Read on to find out why I think you should spend $0.99 for this app even if you don't plan on visiting Tulum any time soon.
by Keith Merwin, IMS Webmaster
The Scribes of the Institute of Maya Studies are working to make old issues of IMS' newsletters available to members. They have started with the very first issue: Volume 1 Number 1, April 1972. As issues are scanned, they will be available to members in the "Members Only" area of the website. Login and download issues from 1972 through 1975. Issues from 2008 through the current issue are also available. We are hoping to have all issues of our 40-year-plus organization up for reading in the not-so-distant fugure. This is one of the advantages of being a member. If you are not a Member go HERE to join today!