Maya, Oh My

The term “Mayan” conjures notions of end-of-days predictions. Yet the pre-classic civilization is better known for intricate art, architecture, and a far-reaching influence beyond the modern Maya peoples into greater social society. “Growing Up Maya: Prehispanic Head Shaping Practices, Social Meanings and Ethnicity” explores this, as one of a series of workshops and discussions presented by the Center for Bioarchaeological Research, courtesy of Arizona State University.

Dr. Vera Tiesler, a biological anthropologist, will give the lecture. Tiesler works out of the Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan in Mexico, where she specializes in mortuary archeology and human taphonomy — the study of fossilization. A second lecture Friday focuses on Mayan influence in the modern approach to health.

Learn a little something at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, January 23, at the School of Human Evolution and Social Change, 900 Cady Mall on the Tempe Campus. The conversation is free and open to the public. Visit for details.

Thu., Jan. 23, 10:30 a.m., 2014
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