Maya Hieroglyphic Workshop
75th Anniversary, Institute of Archaeology 2012
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Friday 9th February 2018:

18:30 - Introductory lecture by Professor Harri Kettunen (University of Helsinki) in the Cruciform Building (UCL), Gower Street.

The lecture will be followed by a reception on the 6th floor of the Institute of Archaeology, Gordon Square.

Saturday 10th February 2018:

10:00 - 17:30 - Maya-on-the-Thames Workshops (Institute of Archaeology, UCL)

Sunday 11th February 2018:

10:00 - 17:00 - Maya-on-the-Thames Workshops (Institute of Archaeology, UCL)


Maya-on-the-Thames Workshops

1. Introduction to Maya Writing (Beginner's Hieroglyph Workshop) led by Ramzy Barrois & Panos Kratimenos

The objective of this two-day workshop is to provide an intensive introduction to the study of Maya hieroglyphs. Alongside lectures aimed at introducing participants to the core concepts of Maya epigraphy and giving them a grounding to pursue decipherment independently, participants will also have the opportunity to decipher hieroglyphs on their own and in groups during the workshop, with assistance from the tutors.  No previous knowledge of Maya culture, Maya hieroglyphs, ancient scripts, or linguistics is required. By the end of the workshop, participants will understand the basic structure of Maya texts be able to decipher calendrical information, reconstruct chronologies, identify verbs and nominal phrases, and much more. 

The information drawn from Maya hieroglyphic text has fundamentally changed our understanding of ancient Maya culture. The ability to read and contextualise what the Maya themselves wrote about their history and rituals provides a fascinating and unparalleled insight into a past culture whose descendants continue to thrive in the communities of Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras.

2. Utok' upakal: Ancient Maya Militarism at Yaxchilan, Chiapas, Mexico led by Harri Kettunen & Eva Jobbova

This workshop focuses on armed conflicts in the Maya lowlands during the Classic Period, based primarily on epigraphic records. During the workshop, participants will mainly examine texts and iconography from the site of Yaxchilan. Besides these, ancient Maya warfare will also be approached from the viewpoints of other sources and disciplines, such as archaeology and military sciences. Basic familiarity with Maya epigraphy and iconography will facilitate participants in following the arguments presented at the workshop. However, anyone with an interest in ancient warfare is more than welcome to attend. 

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