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It's the End of the World....or its?

Dr. David Stuart is featured on the main webpage of the University Of Texas at Austin. Read the great article about the truth regarding 12- 21-12, according to renowned Maya scholar and Art History Professor David Stuart. The day is indeed meaningful — but not in the way you might think.

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Dr. David Stuart recognized with UNESCO Medal

Dr. David Stuart has been awarded a UNESCO medal for his lifetime contributions to the study of ancient Maya culture and archaeological sites, including those which have been categorized as UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

Lienzo de Quauhquechollan Exhibition

Lienzo de Quauhquecholla

The Mesoamerica Center is proud to present 
The Lienzo de Quauhquechollan Exhibition.

The Lienzo de Quauhquechollan is a pictographic painting on cotton cloth, created circa 1530. The Lienzo is considered the first map of Guatemala.

The Lienzo is also the only firsthand indigenous account of the conquest of Guatemala, and one of the few sources to record the military campaigns of Jorge de Alvarado in 1527–1530. The exhibit of the Lienzo de Quauhquechollan brings to life this untold story of Guatemala's conquest. 

The exhibition coincides with the 2013 Maya Meetings and will be on display until March 2013.

Tomb of Maya queen K’abel discovered in Guatemala

Archaeologists in Guatemala have discovered the tomb of Lady K’abel, a seventh-century Maya Holy Snake Lord considered one of the great queens of Classic Maya civilization.


The tomb was discovered during excavations of the royal Maya city of El Perú-Waka’ in northwestern Petén, Guatemala, by a team of archaeologists led by Washington University in St. Louis’ David Freidel, co-director of the expedition.

David Stuart Lecture on Xultun

David Stuart

David Stuart Lecture: The Discovery and Decipherment of a Maya Astronomer's "Notes" at Xultun, Guatemala

This event is free and open to the public. Joins us October 3 at 8 pm.

Slideshow: Maya murals found in Chajul kitchen

Family portrait in front of revealed Maya murals

National Geographic is currently hosting a slideshow of a multi-wall Maya mural program that was revealed during a local Chajul family's kitchen renovation.

Dennis Tedlock @ UT: The First 2000 Years of Mayan Literature

image of Dennis Tedlock

For those in the Austin area, mark your calendars for Thursday, September 27th, at 4pm for a talk by noted Mayan literature expert, Dennis Tedlock, here at the University of Texas at Austin. More details on the lecture available after the break.

Major Discovery: Cueva Rey Condoy

A recently discovered cave in the Oaxaca Valley contains several new and exciting examples of Zapotec visual culture, including wonderful over-life-size mud sculptures of human and supernatural figures, rock paintings, and lithics.

Research Reports on Ancient Maya Writing

The Research Reports on Ancient Maya Writing issues number 61, 62, and 63 are now available for download at the University of Texas Digital Repository!

Maya Views of Time and 2012 Lecture

Time was not just a means of measuring the course of history for the Maya, it was a shaping force in their daily and religious lives. Maya inscriptions are now providing insights into Classic Maya views of time-particularly the baktun cycle and Order of Days-and its social, historical and political significance. Leading Maya archaeologist and epigrapher David Stuart, will explain how decipherment of Maya hieroglyphs has lead to a great understanding of the Maya world and the truth about 2012. This lecture is co-sponsored by Archaeological Institute of America - Houston Society and it is included in the course co-sponsored by Rice University's Glasscock School of Continuing Studies "Maya 2012: Prophecy Becomes History". Following the lecture, Stuart will sign copies of his book Order of Days.  

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