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17th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium


Understanding Maya Fare:
Beyond Tamales and Cacao

March 5-8, 2020
New Orleans, Louisiana

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Since 2002, Tulane University has hosted a weekend of talks and workshops dedicated to the study of the Maya civilization. This yearly meeting has called upon scholars from a wide spectrum of specialties—archaeology, art history, cultural anthropology, epigraphy, history, and linguistics—to elucidate the many facets of this fascinating Mesoamerican culture. In developing a broad approach to the subject matter, we aim to draw the interest of experts and beginners alike! 

As in past years, MARI will take the reins in organizing the Maya Symposium. In collaboration with Tulane's Stone Center for Latin American Studies, Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans, and Mexican Consulate in New Orleans, we hope to develop a diverse set of activities and topics for the symposium’s participants and attendees for many years to come!

We invite you to join us in New Orleans, LA, March 5-8, 2020, at Tulane University and the Contemporary Arts Center of New Orleans to learn of the recent developments in Maya studies as they relate to the broader topic of foodways. Our great line-up of speakers and workshops will address food consumption practices over the span of ancient Maya prehistory! These researchers will help us address the topic in a multi-disciplinary fashion and bring attention to recent research in the region.

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