Tulane Maya Symposium 2013
WEEKEND WITH THE EXPERTS
A few IMS members attended the symposium at Tulane and are happy to report on its excellence. “Kaanal: The Snake Kingdom of the Classic Maya” gathered a number of elite scholars who shared the latest information on excavations and glyph-reading done on sites in the lower lowlands of the Maya world in the Classic period. There was not a weak presentation among the eight papers given on Saturday, the day reserved for the symposium.
It must be said that archaeologists working in this region were touched by Lady Luck, as we all know the bounty of finds made in the year 2012. But, it takes much more than luck for scholars to put it all together in such a clear and informative way.
From Ivan Sprajc , whose overview of Southeastern Campeche with its myriad sites heretofore never heard of by this writer was illuminating, to Simon Martin, whom we remember as the up-and-coming epigrapher next to Linda Schele during the UT Austin Maya Meetings many Haabs ago, speaking about the Dzibanche-Calakmul polity, the 10th Annual Symposium at MARI-Tulane was a triumph.
Our thanks go to Marcello Canuto from MARI and his team for the smooth-running, well-organized event. More so when you consider this was an elite gathering. I guess we can dub Dinwiddie Hall at Tulane the Pop Na for annual Maya gatherings.
For more information on the program and presenters, go to http://mari.tulane.edu/TMS/program.html