Category Archives: Maya

Un Gran Exito

Luis Reina, director of the Copan Sculpture Museum, accepts his Workshop Certificate from Dr. Loa Traxler

That’s how they say “A big success” in Honduras.  I learned that last week in Copan, the site where Penn Museum has been involved for over 25 years.  I went to Honduras in mid February with other Museum staff members (Dr. Loa Traxler, Bob Thurlow, and Tessa de Alarcon) for two purposes:  to see the […]

Also posted in Americas, Conservation, Cultural Heritage Preservation | Leave a comment

A Message from Copán Ruinas

CRIA1

I am in Copan Ruinas, Honduras along with Lynn Grant and Loa Traxler working on the final touches for a workshop on field conservation.  This is my first time in Honduras and therefore in Copan.   The site is certainly a marvel, but I expected it to be.  The real surprise has been the CRIA (Centro […]

Also posted in Conservation, Cultural Heritage Preservation, Museum, World | Tagged , | 1 Response

Registrars in Action: Rock, Paper, Scissors, Sledgehammer

Crate craned over wall

If you have been to our Museum, odds are you’ve seen people carting around objects or rolling large crates through galleries and mysteriously disappearing behind locked doors.  Most likely, those people were Registrars.  When I’m asked what Museum Registrars do, I usually say we deal with record keeping and moving objects in, out, and around […]

Also posted in Museum | Tagged , , | 1 Response

Maya Fun Fact: The Importance of Corn

2012_glyph_about_on

Corn is an important part of Maya culture. In the Popol Vuh, Maya cosmology holds that the Gods created the first humans from an ear of corn. Another sign of the importance of corn is the multiple names it has in Mayan language. The tortilla, a dietary staple, also has several names that  change depending […]

Also posted in Fun! | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Maya Fun Fact: Human Sacrifice

2012_glyph_about_on

The Maya are well known for their achievements in counting and documenting time, but do they deserve a reputation for human sacrifice? For ancient Americans this was a ritualized practice that was considered a payment to the Gods for the gift of life. The Aztec are believed to have conducted mass human sacrifice, but the evidence we have for the […]

Also posted in Fun! | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Photos from the MAYA 2012 Opening Celebration

The opening weekend of the MAYA 2012 exhibition was a huge success. The Museum was filled with colorful sites, sounds, and the smells of great Maya-inspired food. Some macaws and a turtle even showed up. Here are just a few of the pics of the day:

Posted in Maya | Tagged | Leave a comment

MAYA 2012: The Ancient Maya and Human Sacrifice

In the movie Apocalypto, Mel Gibson offers a very Hollywood portrayal of the human sacrifice rituals at end of the Maya Classical Period. While human sacrifice played a role in the ritual practices of the ancient Maya, it was not exactly as Gibson and Hollywood conceived of it. Loa Traxler, curator of MAYA 2012: Lords […]

Also posted in Museum | Tagged , , , , | 1 Response

Why are Zach and Courtney Hot Glueing Worry Dolls?

I walked into the Exhibits office today and saw bags and bags of what looked like little firecrackers. They always seems to have odd bulk shipments back there (fake hair, desiccated fruits, papier-mâché mummy parts), so I didn’t even question what they were doing with them. Upon closer inspection, I realized they were worry dolls, […]

Also posted in Exhibits | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Behind the Scenes of MAYA 2012: TIMELINE!

4000 years of Maya history in 25 feet? SEE IT TO BELIEVE IT with your host Kevin Schott: Read more about MAYA 2012: Lords of Time opening May 5!

Also posted in Exhibits, Museum | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Behind the Scenes of MAYA 2012 – The Lienzo de Quauhquechollan

The Lienzo de Quauhquechollan is an eight foot-wide, canvas, narrative-oriented “map” that tells the story of the 16th-century conquest of Maya land by the Quauhquechollan and Spanish conquistadores. A replica of the Lienzo is a highlight of the MAYA 2012: Lords of Time exhibit — see the video below to get a sneak peek of […]

Also posted in Museum | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment