Culture Connect Featured Event
Death Comes to the King: A Classic Maya Tomb at El Diablo, Guatemala
Dr. Stephen Houston, Dupee Family Professor of Social Sciences, Brown University
Saturday, January 26, 2 pm (Snow date: Sunday, January 27, 1 pm)
Smith Middle School Auditorium, 216 Addison Road, Glastonbury, Connecticut
$10 general admission; $5 for students with ID.
Current FOSA, ASC, and Museum of Natural History members admitted free with ID.
In 2010, a rich and enigmatic tomb was discovered at the Classic Maya city of El Zotz, Guatemala. Found on a hill high above El Zotz, in a place called El Diablo or "The Devil," the tomb lay within a building covered with remarkable solar and celestial imagery. The tomb and building revealed striking new evidence on local Maya dynasties at their time of origin. The findings at El Zotz also show how royal families acquired the landscape some 1600 years ago. Join Dr. Stephen Houston and discover what the tomb and its sculpted building reveal about El Zotz, Maya royalty, and the Maya culture.
Dr. Houston, a 2008 MacArthur fellow and the Dupee Family Professor of Social Sciences and professor of anthropology at Brown, is concluding his excavations at the Classic Maya city of El Zotz, Guatemala, and has finished five seasons of work at the ruins of Piedras Negras, Guatemala. Born in Chambersburg, PA, Houston was educated at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Edinburgh as an exchange student. At Yale University he earned his Master of Philosophy degree in 1983 and Ph.D. in 1987. Prior to Brown, Dr. Houston served as Jesse Knight University Professor at Brigham Young University.
This event is sponsored by Friends Of State Archaeology (FOSA), Archaeology Society of Connecticut (ASC) and the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and Connecticut Archaeology Center, part of CLAS at UConn
www.cac.uconn.edu/mnhcurrentcalendar — (860) 486-4460
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