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Lecture to Highlight New Discoveries of Ancient Maya

David Freidel to speak at The College of Wooster on Oct. 21

October 7, 2013 by John Finn

WOOSTER, Ohio — David Freidel, professor of anthropology at Washington University and director of the El Perú-Waka’ Archaeological Project, will present “The Classic Maya: A View from northwestern Petén, Guatemala,” on Monday, Oct, 21, at The College of Wooster. The lecture, which is free and open to the public, begins at 7 p.m. in Lean Lecture Room of Wishart Hall (303 E. University St.). A reception with refreshments will follow in the foyer outside of the lecture room.

The Classic Maya of the southern lowlands in Petén and adjacent parts of Mexico, Belize, and Honduras wrote glyphic texts that can now be read. Since the publication of the first ancient history of the Maya, A Forest of Kings, written by Freidel and Linda Schele in 1990, a great deal of new information from deciphered texts has become available to field archaeologists. Freidel’s presentation will review the new discoveries at El Peru-Waka’, including the historic discovery of the tomb of Lady K’abel last year by Olivia Navarro-Farr, associate professor of anthropology and archaeology at The College of Wooster. He will also talk about other sites in light of on-going efforts to construct the only Pre-Columbian ancient history, comparable to the famous ancient histories of the Old World.

An expert in the Classic lowland Maya civilization of southeastern Mexico and Central America, Freidel’s research interests include material symbol-systems and religion, monumental architecture, political economy, and dynastic history and warfare. He received his B.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from Harvard University, and is the author of numerous research papers and several books.

Freidel’s lecture is sponsored by Wooster’s Program in Archaeology, the Archaeology Student Colloquium, the Cultural Events Committee, the Archaeological Institute of America, and the campus chapter of Lambda Alpha anthropology honor society.

Additional information is available by phone (330-263-2042) or e-mail.