17th Annual Maya Weekend
Maya Epigraphy - Progress and Prospects

All programs at the University of Pennsylvania Museum,
33rd and Spruce Streets, Philadelphia, PA 19104
April 9, 10, and 11, 1999

In one of the great achievements of Native American civilization,
the ancient Maya developed an intricate writing system that
recorded their spoken language in folded books, on portable
objects, and on carved stone. Few of the books, called codices,
survived the fires of the Spanish Conquest, but numerous texts on
buildings and free-standing monuments, and on artifacts of pottery,
jade, and bone have been documented by explorers and archaeologists
over the past century.  While recognizing the value of these texts
as a source of information about Maya civilization, scholars were
long stymied by their inability to decipher Maya script.  As the
explorer John Lloyd Stephens stated in 1841, "...their whole
history so entirely unknown, with hieroglyphics explaining all...
who shall read them?"

Today, as a result of advances in decipherment, we know that Maya
writing was a mixed phonetic and logographic system capable of
expressing all the nuances of spoken language.  It is estimated
that 80% of Maya texts can now be read, and more are deciphered
with each passing day.  As we will learn from this weekend's
speakers, these texts have preserved an array of extraordinary and
unique information that illuminates our understanding of ancient
Maya civilization.

The Weekend includes talks and glyph workshops.  The latter run
concurrently and are geared to different levels of understanding
and experience.  Beginner workshops are designed for the novice
and introduce Maya writing and the calendar system.  Intermediate
and Advanced workshops challenge the more experienced person with
the latest approach to structural analysis of texts and with
detailed study of poorly understood inscriptions. Special workshops
for educators will offer practical techniques on how to present
the Pre-Columbian world to students of all ages.

A special photographic exhibition opens Friday evening, April 9,
to start the Weekend activities.  Kenneth Garrett will be on hand
to present his work at the site of Copan, where he has documented
for National Geographic Magazine the remarkable discoveries by
archaeologists and epigraphers.

On Saturday and Sunday, April 10 and 11, attendees can enjoy talks,
pursue workshops, or a combination of the two.  Social gatherings
continue Saturday evening with a reception for all, and a Maya
dinner for those who choose this option ($60.00 per person).  The
Weekend concludes on Sunday afternoon with a Despedida for all
attendees and participants to visit and bid farewell until next
time.  It all adds up to an exciting, informal, educational, and
entertaining weekend immersion in Maya studies!

The Museum Shop will have extended hours during the Maya Weekend,
with a large assortment of books on the Maya and a special
selection of Maya jewelry and crafts.  Be sure to check out this
year's Maya Weekend T-shirt, sweatshirt, and mug, on sale during
the weekend at the Museum Shop.

The Seventeenth Annual Maya Weekend is supported in part by
contributions from ARCHAEOLOGY Magazine; the Mexican Cultural
Center; The Pre-Columbian Society at the University of Pennsylvania
Museum; and Far Horizons Archaeological and Cultural Trips.  The
exhibition, Maya Photographs of Kenneth Garrett, is supported by The
National Geographic Society and The Pew Charitable Trusts.

Maya Epigraphy - Progress and Prospects
All programs at the University of Pennsylvania Museum,
33rd and Spruce Streets.


6:30 p.m.
Maya Photographs of Kenneth Garrett
Meet Kenneth Garrett, National Geographic Magazine photographer,
for a special introduction lecture and up-close look at his new
photo exhibition on the archaeology of Copan.

7:30 p.m.
Maya Weekend Hospitality Reception
Hosted by Far Horizons Archaeological and Cultural Trips.
Mingle in the galleries with light refreshments and good company.


8:00 a.m.  Registration
Juice, coffee, breakfast pastries and breads will be served.

9:00 a.m.  General Session - Harrison Auditorium

Welcoming Remarks
Jeremy A. Sabloff, The Williams Director, University of Pennsylvania

9:30 a.m.  Morning Lectures
(Concurrent Glyph Workshops Listed Separately)

Who Shall Read Them? A Tale of Decipherment
George Stuart, The National Geographic Society, Committee for
Research and Exploration


Early Epigraphy Traditions in Mesoamerica
John Justeson,  SUNY, Albany

Heartbeat in the Stone: A Brief Decipherment History of Maya
Hieroglyphic Verbs Barbara MacLeod, Independent Scholar

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Lunch
Box lunches including sandwich, salad, dessert, wine, and soda
will be distributed (until 1:00 p.m.) for those who have reserved.
See registration form for box lunch selections.  In addition, the
Museum Cafe offers a full menu.

2:00 p.m.  Afternoon Lectures
(Concurrent Glyph Workshops Listed Separately)

Palenque Politics: Observations on the Political History of the
Palenque Kingdom Peter Mathews, University of Calgary

Thirteen Tun Celebrations in Tikal during the Terminal Early
Classic Federico Fahsen, Independent Scholar


Reading Order at a Maya City
Carolyn E. Tate, Texas Tech University

Text and Image in the Zoomorphs at Quirigua
Matthew G. Looper, California State University at Chico

5:30 p.m. Reception - Chinese Rotunda
Everyone is invited to continue the day's discussions informally,
with margaritas, wine, beer, soft drinks, and Mexican hors
d'oeuvres, to the strains of Latin music.

6:30 p.m. Maya Dinner - Upper Egyptian Gallery
(Optional with an additional fee)
Join us for a delicious Maya dinner and hear Christopher Jones
speak about Linton Satterthwaite and the University of Pennsylvania
Museum as part of the legacy of epigraphy studies.  The dinner is
an optional feature of the Maya Weekend, with a separate fee.
Seating is limited, and early reservations are suggested.  Dinner
reservations must be received by Monday, April 5.  No exceptions.
Music for the reception provided through the generosity of the
Mexican Cultural Center.


9:30 a.m. Morning Lectures
(Concurrent Glyph Workshops Listed Separately)

The Development of Political Rhetoric at Chichen Itza
Ruth Krochock, D-Q University

Propaganda and Truth: Contrasting Accounts of Yaxchilan's History
Nikolai Grube, Universität Bonn


Issues of Glyphic Decipherment
Nicholas Hopkins and Kathryn Josserand, Florida State University

Decoding the Maya Codices
Victoria R. Bricker, Tulane University

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.  Lunch
See description for Saturday.

2:00 p.m.    Afternoon Lectures

Textual Analysis in the Age of Computers: Revisiting the Maya
Codices Gabrielle Vail, University of California, Davis

Prospects for Decipherment
David Stuart, Peabody Museum, Harvard University

3:20 p.m.  Despedida
Refreshment, conversation, and a fond farewell until next year!
The Despedida is assisted by a generous donation from ARCHAEOLOGY

Speakers and program subject to change.
No confirmation will be sent.
Your check or credit card bill serves as your receipt.


Participants gain the greatest knowledge when attending a workshop
appropriate for their level of understanding.  If you are not at
the level of the rest of the group, the workshop leader may ask
you to leave, or to limit your questions.  Each workshop lasts an
entire morning or afternoon.

In order to have sufficient handouts and classrooms of appropriate
size, please indicate on the registration form which workshops you
plan to attend.  This does not compel you to attend the indicated
workshop; it merely helps us in our planning.  There is an
exception: Advance registration is required for the Educators'

So that everyone learns as much as possible, please only attend
those workshops for which you consider yourself qualified.

Beginner Workshops are designed for those with no previous
knowledge, as well as those who have a basic understanding of the
Maya calendar, or some slight knowledge of glyph decipherment.

Intermediate/Advanced Workshops require a general understanding of
the underlying principles of the writing system and the Maya
calendar, an understanding of epigraphic terminology and structural
analysis, and previous experience in working with Maya inscriptions.

These are specifically designed to help teachers present archaeology
in the classroom.  Concepts and methods can be adapted for primary,
secondary and college levels.  Please note that advance registration
is required for the Educators' Workshops.

Glyph Workshops
(Rooms to be announced.)

Saturday Morning
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

Introduction to the Maya Calendar
Christopher Jones, University of Pennsylvania Museum

Transformation, Real or Imagined
Justin Kerr, Kerr Associates, New York

"Spelling Rules" in Mayan Hieroglyphic Writing
Lloyd Anderson, Ecological Linguistics

Educators' Workshop
(advance registration is required)
Introduction to Maya Astromony
John B. Carlson, The Center for Archaeoastronomy

Saturday Afternoon
2:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Introduction to Glyph Decipherment
Nicholas Hopkins and Kathryn Josserand, Florida State University

Structural Analysis of Maya Codical Texts
Judith Storniolo, PhD. candidate, University of Pennsylvania

Structural Analysis of Maya Hieroglyphic Texts
John Harris, Pre-Columbian Society of the University of Pennsylvania

Sunday Morning
9:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

The Functions of the Maya Calendar System
Karen Bassie, Independent Scholar

The Painted Word
Jill Leslie McKeever-Furst, Moore College of Art

Educators' Workshop
(advance registration is required)
Pat Urban, Kenyon University

Workshop topics and leaders subject to change.


A block of rooms has been reserved at the Penn Tower Hotel and the
Sheraton University City Hotel.  Please identify yourself as taking
part in the Maya Weekend when you call or write.  Reservations must
be made no later than Tuesday, March 3, 1999.

Penn Tower Hotel - 33rd Street and Civic Center Boulevard,
800/356-PENN, $109 single or double (plus tax).  Adjacent to the

Sheraton University City Hotel - 36th and Chestnut Streets,
215/387-8000, $109 single or double (plus tax).  A ten-minute walk
from the Museum.


American Express Travel is the official travel agency for the Maya
Weekend. To receive the special Maya Weekend fare on American
Airlines (5% below the lowest discounted fare, or 10% below the
lowest regular fare), or for any travel arrangements, please call
215/898-9439 and identify yourself as a Maya Weekend attendee.


Save $30 on your Maya Weekend reservation fee.  Members receive
free admission to the Museum, a 10% discount in our Museum Shop
and invitations to special members-only events.  Members also
receive the Museum Calendar of Events and EXPEDITION Magazine.
Call 800/289-5906 for more information


Design taken from a dedication vessel from Tikal structure 5D-46.
Sizes: M(36-38), L(40-42), XL(44-46)  $16.00
XXL(48-50)  $18.00

Sizes: L(40-42), XL(44-46)  $28.00
XXL(48-50)  $30.00

Once again we offer colorful mugs decorated with this year's Maya
Weekend design.  $6.95 plus tax.

If you wish merchandise to be mailed, please contact the Museum
Shop at 215/898-4040.  Merchandise will be mailed within two weeks
after the event.


Fax or Mail to:
Special Events Office               FAX 215/573-4263
University of Pennsylvania Museum
33rd and Spruce Streets
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6234

Name _________________________

Address _________________________

City _____________________State _________Zip _______

Telephone: day _______________evening ______________

Please reserve _____ places for the Maya Weekend
[  ]$150   Non-member     [  ]$120   Museum Member
[  ]$120   Senior Citizen*     [  ]$  60   Full-time student*
(*copy of ID required)         TOTAL     $_________

Registration fee includes an information packet, continental
breakfast each day, morning and afternoon refreshments, Saturday
reception, and Sunday afternoon farewell.

Become a member and save!
[   ] I want to take advantage of Members' Rates for this and
other Museum events, and enclose a separate check made out to The
University of Pennsylvania, in the amount of:

[  ] $45 Individual     [  ] $55 Dual
[  ] $65 Household     [  ] $100 Sustaining

Please print full name(s) exactly as you wish name tag(s) to read:
(First and Last Names)


I do ____do not ____ plan to attend the Friday evening exhibition

I plan to attend the following workshops:
Saturday morning:          Saturday afternoon:
_____ Beginner               _____ Beginner
_____ Intermediate          _____ Intermediate
_____ Advanced             _____ Advanced

Sunday morning:
_____ Beginner
_____ Intermediate

Please reserve space in the following Educators' Workshops:
_____ Saturday morning
_____ Saturday afternoon
_____ Sunday morning

Reserve ___ box lunch(es) for Saturday at $11.00 ea. $_____
*I prefer___ Grilled eggplant, roasted peppers and
        mozzarella sandwich
     ___ Roast beef sandwich with horseradish sauce
     ___ Mexican Hoagie: Mexican chicken salad with
            Monterey Jack cheese and guacamole
      on a baguette

Reserve ___ box lunch(es) for Sunday at $11.00 ea. $______
*I prefer ___ Brie and roasted red pepper sandwich
     ___ Smoked turkey breast and Montery Jack cheese
     ___ Mexican Hoagie: see description above

*All box lunches include a side dish of marinated vegetables,
cookie, assorted whole fruit and sodas, wine, coffee or tea.

Reserve _ place(s) for the Maya dinner at $60.00 ea. $____

Please list the names of any friends with whom you wish to be



TOTAL ENCLOSED          $________

(make check payable to The University of Pennsylvania)

or, charge my [  ] VISA     [  ] MasterCard

Card Number_______________________

Exp. Date ________

No confirmation will be sent.  Your check or credit card bill
serves as your receipt.

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