Chiarulli and Alarcón to Participate in Maya Week at IUP

Posted on 10/18/2012 8:38:24 PM

Beverly Chiarulli in BelizeBeverly Chiarulli, Department of Anthropology, will join Francisco Alarcón of the Department of Mathematics, Tessa de Alarcón (Conservation Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology), and Christopher Powell of the Maya Exploration Center, Austin, Texas, in a weeklong program debunking the erroneous theories about the Maya doomsday prophecies of December 21, 2012.

Presenters’ bios and program details can be found on the Maya Week at IUP website. All events are free and open to the public. Attendance vouchers for students will be available.

Maya Week at IUP runs from October 29–November 2.

Program Schedule

Monday, Oct. 29, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

“The Shape of Sacred Space: Geometry Used to Lay Out and Design Maya Art and Architecture”

  • Christopher Powell
  • Stright Hall, Rooms 327–329
  • Powell will discuss the geometry and proportions used in Pre-Columbian America and today

Tuesday, Oct. 30, 5:00–6:00 p.m.

“Maya Concepts of Creation and Rebirth: The Popol Vuh and the ‘End’ of the Maya Calendar”

  • Christopher Powell
  • Pratt Hall Auditorium
  • Powell will refer to the Popol Vuh, (a 16th-century Maya genesis story), Maya hieroglyphic texts, and ancient Maya paintings and sculptures in a discussion about Maya concepts of creation and rebirth.

Wednesday, Oct. 31, 5:30–6:30 p.m.

“Maya Arithmetic”

  • Francisco Alarcón
  • Stright Hall, Rooms 327329
  • Alarcón will present the basics of the Maya number system. He will also present algorithms that he has developed that can be used for basic arithmetical computations with the Maya number system

Thursday, Nov. 1, 4:45–5:45 p.m.

“After the Field: Cleaning Archeological and Ethnographic Objects”

  • Tessa de Alarcón
  • Stright Hall, Rooms 226229
  • de Alarcón will give a brief lecture followed by a workshop on basic conservation techniques and the types of activities conservators employ within a museum context.

Thursday, Nov. 1,, 6:15–7:15 p.m.

“Sky Flint: Maya Stone Tools and Trade”

  • Beverly Chiarulli
  • Pratt Hall Auditorium
  • Chiarulli will present a lecture on the ways the Maya made and used stone tools in ritual as well as everyday activities.

Friday, Nov. 2, 3:45–4:45 p.m.

“Where It All Starts: Field Conservation in Guatemala”

  • Tessa de Alarcón
  • Stright Hall, Rooms 327–329
  • de Alarcón will present treatments of objects from El Zotz and El Peru Waka’. Both are Lowland Maya sites in Guatemala’s Petén. The talk will look at the role of conservation and conservators in field work and use complex treatments of fragile artifacts as examples.

Maya Week at IUP is sponsored by the College of Humanities and Social Sciences, the College of Natural Sciences and Mathematics, the Latin American Studies Committee, the Department of Foreign Languages, and the Department of Mathematics.