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Texas State hosting annual Mayan hieroglyphics workshop

By Ann Friou
University News Service
September 3, 2010

Mayan heiroglyphics

The workshop will focus on heiroglyphics from Guatemala.

The Center for the Arts and Symbolism of Ancient America (CASAA), in conjunction with the Department of Anthropology at Texas State University-San Marcos, will conduct its annual Ancient Maya Hieroglyphics Workshop Oct. 1-3, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The workshop will be held in room 157 of Centennial Hall on campus.

The workshop, which will focus on inscriptions from Quirigua, Guatemala, is open to participants of all experience levels. Matthew G. Looper, epigrapher and art historian from California State University, Chico, will lead the workshop.

Workshop fees are $85 for the general public and $75 for students with a valid ID.

As part of the events, 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. The movie will be shown at 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1 in Centennial Hall 157.

To register for the workshop, please go to and download the brochure or contact workshop coordinator Kent Reilly, director of the Center for Arts and Symbolism in Ancient America, (512) 245-8272, email