Maya Hieroglyphic Workshop
75th Anniversary, Institute of Archaeology 2012

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Details of the 2014 programme will be coming soon.

The programme for MayaGlyphs 2013 was:

Friday 20th September
  • 17.30 - 18.30 Registration
  • 18.30 Introductory lecture by Harri Kettunen and Christophe Helmke
Saturday 21st September
  • 10.00 - 18.00 Workshops (choose one on registration)
  • Beginner's workshop - Suzanne Nolan: 'Introduction to Ancient Maya Writing'
  • The objective of this workshop is to give an introduction to the study and decipherment of Maya hieroglyphs. Participants will learn to understand the basic structure of Maya texts and reconstruct chronology by looking at the calendrical information. The workshop is in part lecture-based, but there will be ample time for participants to decipher hieroglyphs on their own during group-work sessions. The focus of this workshop is on texts from the Classic Maya site of Piedras Negras in Guatemala.
  • Intermediate workshop - Harri Kettunen: 'Graphic and Lexical Origins of Maya Signs'
  • The objective of this workshop is to examine the graphic and lexical origins of Maya hieroglyphic signs. The participants will be looking at the visual characteristics of a range of signs and connecting them to real-life counterparts. Besides studying the graphic origin of Maya signs, the participants will also analyse the lexical origin of the signs by examining relevant dictionaries and other linguistic sources. The analyses will be carried out in small groups with the aid of reference materials and the guidance of the tutors. The sessions also include lectures on various topics related to the theme of the workshop. Participants are asked to bring along their laptops to the workshop, if possible, in order to obtain the reference materials in digital format at the onset of the workshop. It is not necessary for each participant to have a laptop as long as there is at least one available for each group. Participants will also receive a printed workbook as well as an e-handbook on Maya glyphs. The outcome of the workshop is a more profound understanding of the Maya writing system and, more importantly, tools to carry on epigraphic endeavours in the future.
  • Ballgame workshop - Christophe Helmke and Ramzy Barrois: 'The Ancient Maya Ballgame', with practical instructions
  • Ever wondered which team won the Maya Cup of A.D. 627? Participants in this workshop will discover the mysteries of America‚Äôs first favorite pastime. Drs. Helmke and Barrois will discuss the basic concepts and variations of the Mesoamerican ballgame as well as clear up some common misconceptions of the sport. The workshop will consist of lectures on selected topics and participants with previous workshop experience can work with hieroglyphic texts related to the ballgame. The participants of this workshop are also encouraged to try their hips and elbows at the game, by taking part in the ballgame recreation on Sunday (some padding will be provided).
Sunday 22nd September
  • 10.00 - 13.00 Maya glyph workshops continued
  • 14.30 Ballgame tournament
Ancient Maya ballgame re-enactment at Uaxactun

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