Title: “History and Rhetoric in the Monuments of Piedras Negras”
When: October 19-21, 2012
Where: Texas State University
The Center For the Arts and Symbolism of Ancient America (CASAA), the Center for Middle American Research and the Department of Anthropology, will sponsor an Ancient Maya Hieroglyphic Workshop on October 19-21, 2012, at Texas State University.
Piedras Negras, a large site located on the Guatemalan side of the Usumacinta River, is of great importance to Mayanists because of its long and well preserved series of monuments. These sculptures, in the form of stela, altars, and wall panels, are central to the historiography of Maya studies. In her analysis of these inscriptions about fifty years ago, the scholar Tatiana Proskouriakoff proved that these texts primarily concern the lives and rituals of rulers, rather than gods. In this workshop, we will discuss the implications of Proskouriakoff’s argument for the understanding of dynastic history at Piedras Negras, as well as explore the further significance of these texts as instruments of political discourse.
Fees, including a discounted student rate, apply to the event organized by the Center for the Symbolism and Art of the Ancient Americas with support from the University Lectures Series. Student Fees, (with ID) $25.00. Non-Student Fees $50.00. The workshop is designed for beginners as well as those participants who have some familiarity with Maya Hieroglyphs.
As part of the events, at 7 pm, Friday, October 19, there will be a free public screening of the award-winning documentary Breaking the Maya Code (Nightfire Films, 2008 – 120 min.) on the decipherment of the ancient script. This also will be in Centennial Hall 157 and is free and open to the public. This version runs nearly twice as long as the version aired earlier on PBS television.
The Workshop hours are 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, October 20, and 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM on Sunday, October 21. All participants will receive a complimentary bound workbook. It is recommended that workshop participants bring their own pencils, pens, and colored pens or markers with them. Coffee will be provided on Saturday and Sunday.
Professor—Dept. of Anthropology
Director—Center for Arts and Symbolism in Ancient America
Texas State University
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666
Join us - it will be fun and educational.