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Archaeology in Action

The Decline and Fall of Classic Maya Culture, New Finds and Perspectives

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Wednesday, Apr. 3, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm ET

$15 General | $7 Member

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This brand-new virtual lecture series connects you to Penn Museum’s leading archaeological experts. Hear first-hand accounts from researchers and learn about the latest findings from projects across the globe from the comfort of your home.

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In recent years, the collaborative efforts of both archaeology and epigraphy have significantly contributed to our evolving understanding of the intricate tapestry that is Maya civilization. The fascinating study of hieroglyphic writing, known as epigraphy, in tandem with the meticulous excavations conducted by archaeologists, has begun to illuminate the enigmatic trajectory that the Maya civilization embarked upon. Specifically, these combined disciplines are unraveling the perplexing puzzle that surrounds the profound crisis responsible for the eventual culmination of the illustrious Classic Period, a pivotal epoch in Maya history, during the ninth century CE.

Dr. Simon Martin will navigate us through the labyrinthine corridors of discovery, unveiling the very latest advancements that have emerged on the horizon of archaeological and epigraphic research. As we delve deeper into this enthralling narrative, it becomes abundantly clear that the once-obscure recesses of Maya civilization are yielding their secrets to the relentless pursuit of knowledge.

About the Speaker

Simon Martin.

Simon Martin

Simon Martin, Ph.D., Associate Curator in the American Section, is a political anthropologist and specialist in Maya hieroglyphic writing. He has appeared in a number of television programs, including “Cracking the Maya Code” for NOVA/PBS and “Lost Treasures of the Snake Kings” for the National Geographic Channel.

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