From the Archives


In 1978, this 56-page booklet, the original “notebook” for the Maya Hieroglyphic Writing Workshop at Texas, was handed out to all participants and contained Linda Schele’s detailed transcriptions of selected hieroglyphic tablets from Palenque, Mexico.

This initial gathering, held over a chilly spring break in Austin, was the distant ancestor of the current Maya Meetings and has been held annually ever since. 



In that year Schele was still an instructor in studio art at the University of South Alabama, but it wasn’t long before she settled in Austin to study for her doctorate. Soon the Maya Meetings became the international gathering for those who wanted to hear the latest on Maya decipherment. Schele eventually became a professor in the Department of Art and Art History at The University of Texas at Austin, where she taught before her untimely passing in 1998.