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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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December 11th 2013: Deciphering Archaeology: Mayan Hieroglyphs

Were you feeling anxious last year because of the impending holiday shopping? Or were you resting easy knowing that the Mayan apocalypse meant you didn’t have to sit in traffic at the mall? Although we know now that the reports were based on a misunderstanding, we’re still left wondering, if the Mayans didn’t predict the end of the world, what did they write down? Turns out, they left us a rich history of births, deaths, wars, feasts, and conquest—if we’ve got the translation right. Tonight we will be taking a closer look at the cryptic world of Mayan hieroglyphs. Join us and our guest, D

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Marc Zender

Marc Zender received his PhD in archaeology from the University of Calgary in 2004. He has taught at the University of Calgary (2002-2004) and Harvard University (2005-2011), and is presently a Visiting Assistant Professor of Anthropology at Tulane University, New Orleans, where he has taught archaeology, epigraphy (the study of ancient inscriptions), and linguistics since September 2011. His research interests include anthropological and historical linguistics, comparative writing systems (grammatology), and archaeological decipherment, with a regional focus on Mesoamerica (particularly Mayan and Nahuatl/Aztec). He is the author of several books and dozens of articles touching on these them
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