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This National Archaeology Day event is the monthly meeting of the Pre-Columbian Society of Washington, DC. Meetings commence with a 30 minute social gathering with refreshments. Lectures begin at 7:15 pm and end by 8:45 pm. The lecture title, abstract, and speaker bio for the October 5, 2012 meeting are provided below.
TITLE: "Making MAYA 2012: The Exhibition's Tale"
ABSTRACT: In May this year the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology opened a major exhibition on ancient Maya concepts of time and kingship called "MAYA 2012: Lords of Time". It openly capitalizes on the current fascination with all things Maya and 2012-related to convey a scholarly understanding of this complex and endlessly fascinating topic--confronting much of the misinformation and speculation that appears in the media on a regular basis. The exhibit took over two years to mount and this talk by co-curator Simon Martin gives the behind-the-scenes story of the process involved from planning to installation.
BIO: Simon Martin is the Associate Curator of the American Section of the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. He is best known for his work on Classic Maya politics, history, and religion, and as the author of Chronicle of the Maya Kings and Queens with Nikolai Grube and Courtly Art of the Ancient Maya with Mary Miller.