Events

Loading Events

« All Events

  • This event has passed.

Burning Rings of Fire: Ancient Maya Resource Conservation Strategies

October 28, 2019 @ 7:30 pm

Trinity University, Room TBA
1 Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212 United States


Lecturer: Kenneth E. Seligson

The Ancient Maya used burnt lime for everything. From the mortar that held their elaborate temple pyramids together to the processing of corn into a nutritious staple food, burnt lime was literally the glue that held the Maya world together. Yet until recently, archaeologists did not know how the Prehispanic Maya made their burnt lime. The amount of wood used in traditional aboveground kilns during the Colonial Period and more recently raised the possibility that burnt lime production may have led to rampant deforestation during the Classic Period. In this lecture, I discuss the many archaeological methods that I used to identify a fuel-efficient Prehispanic pit-kiln technology in the Northern Lowlands – a finding that questions the idea that Classic Maya civilization “collapsed.”

 

Short bibliography and/or website on lecture topic (for lay reader):

Seligson, Kenneth E., 2019 “What We Can Learn From the Ancient Maya About Facing the Challenges of Climate Change.” The Conversation (Online Publication) (Forthcoming)

Seligson, Kenneth E., Tomás Gallareta Negrón, Rossana May Ciau, and George J. Bey, 2017    “Burnt Lime Production and the Pre-Columbian Maya Socio-Economy: A Case Study from the Northern Yucatán.” Journal of Anthropological Archaeology 48:281–294.

Anawalt Lecture

Details

Date:
October 28, 2019
Time:
7:30 pm
Event Categories:
, ,

Contact

Nicolle Hirschfeld
Phone:
210.999.7125
Email:
nhirschf@trinity.edu

Venue

Trinity University, Room TBA
1 Trinity Place
San Antonio, TX 78212 United States

support Us

The AIA is North America's largest and oldest nonprofit organization dedicated to archaeology. The Institute advances awareness, education, fieldwork, preservation, publication, and research of archaeological sites and cultural heritage throughout the world. Your contribution makes a difference.