Maya Field Workshop in Copan Reply

THE ART AND HISTORY OF COPAN

November 1 – 7, 2009

Our next Maya Field Workshop takes us to Copan, Honduras, where participants can enjoy an intensive hands-on learning experience on Maya glyphs and art in their original context. All activities are led by David Stuart.

Life is tranquil in Copan these days despite the political mess in the capital, but the town still is needing economic support and tourism.

A few spaces in the MFW are still available. For more information, please go to the Maya Field Workshops website

The Casa Herrera: UT-Austin’s New Research Center in Antigua, Guatemala 1

000532658_400I write this new post, the first in many weeks, from the Casa Herrera in Antigua, Guatemala. This newly restored mansion opened June 1, 2009 as the University of Texas at Austin’s new academic research center devoted to Mesoamerica and its interdisciplinary study. With the cooperation and vision of the Fundación Pantaleón, the owners of the facility, UT-Austin inaugurates what we hope will be a long-lasting and important venue for conferences, seminars, residential scholars, and international academic programs. More information will be available soon once the new website for the Casa is up and running later this summer.

We’re happy to be hosting our first formal academic event this coming week: a mini-conference on “The Future of Mayan Linguistic Research.” More gatherings of students and scholars, large and small, are in the works for later this year and next.

Very soon I and others will be getting back to posting more blog entries on epigraphy and archaeology; in the meantime I simply want to share my own excitement about the Casa Herrera’s potential in the coming years as an important place for intellectual exchange and creativity, in the heart of the Maya world.

New Book: Veiled Brightness: A History of Ancient Maya Color 1

houston cvrVEILED BRIGHTNESS: A HISTORY OF ANCIENT MAYA COLOR

by Stephen Houston, Claudia Brittenham, Cassandra Mesick, Alexandre Tokovinine, and Christina Warinner

UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS PRESS, 2009

$40.20 with website order discount

Description from the UT Press catalog:

Color is an integral part of human experience, so common as to be overlooked or treated as unimportant. Yet color is both unavoidable and varied. Each culture classifies, understands, and uses it in different and often surprising ways, posing particular challenges to those who study color from long-ago times and places far distant. Veiled Brightness reconstructs what color meant to the ancient Maya, a set of linked peoples and societies who flourished in and around the Yucatan Peninsula of Mexico and Central America. By using insights from archaeology, linguistics, art history, and conservation, the book charts over two millennia of color use in a region celebrated for its aesthetic refinement and high degree of craftsmanship.

The full description and order details are now on the UT Press on-line catalog.

Maya Field Workshops Reply

This announces the inauguration of a new and exciting learning experience on Maya art, epigraphy and archaeology, The Maya Field Workshops. Led by David Stuart, these are designed as intensive on-site seminars open to anyone interested in the latest discoveries on the ancient Maya. Unlike workshops held in Austin and other academic locales, these take place at or near ruins, so participants can study Maya history and culture in their true contexts.

The inaugural 2009 workshop will be held at Palenque, Mexico, from March 16-22. Please visit the Maya Field Workshops website to get more details.