Ancient and Contemporary Maya Pottery, Textiles, Writing and Agriculture
will be postponed until the summer. We’ll update with the date soon!
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Dr. Jillian Jordan is the George Stuart Residential Scholar at the Boundary End Center for the 2019-2020 academic year. She specializes in Maya pottery analysis with a focus on microscopic analytical techniques. Dr. Jordan’s lecture will focus on Maya pottery production and feature hands-on demonstrations using ancient Maya pottery excavated from archaeological sites in Belize and modern pottery from the Maya region and American Southwest from Dr. George Stuart’s collection in the BEC library. We will discuss how the Maya made and decorated their pottery and cover the basics of microscopic analysis. Participants will be able to view ancient Maya pottery under the microscope to get a better understanding of how archaeologists analyze and interpret material culture.
Dr. Richard A, Diehl is an anthropological archaeologist who has conducted
investigations of ancient Mexican cultures since 1961. He taught at the University
of Missouri-Columbia (1968-1986) and the University of Alabama-Tuscaloosa
(1986-2006) and remains active in his retirement. His most recent work involves
the forthcoming documentary film, Land and Water Revisited: the Teotihuacan
Valley, Mexico. He and his wife Nancy are volunteers at the Boundary End Center
for the coming year.
Ten Thousand Years of Mexican Foodways and Farming will examine the
background of modern Mexican cuisine by examining the histories of the foods
that are consumed along with their techniques of preparation, the mixture of
New and Old-World plants and animals resulting from the Spanish conquest, and
the impact Mesoamerican cultigens have had on our modern world. We will
follow the history of maize from its beginnings as a plant with 8 seeds to our
modern GMO “monsters”, as well as those of beans, squash, chili peppers, cacao
(chocolate), vanilla, amaranth, maguey (Agave or “century plant”), nopal (prickly pear) and others.
Dr. Paul Worley will talk about contemporary Maya textiles and writing.
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