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16th Annual Tulane Maya Symposium


Thursday February 14

Exhibit Reception

Mexican Cultural Institute
Suite 118 NOLA
901 Convention Center Blvd.

6:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Exhibit TBA
This event is free and open to the public.

Friday February 15


New Orleans Museum of Art
One Collins Diboll Circle, City Park

K-16 Educator Workshop
The K-16 Educator Workshop will focus on a basic introduction to the archaeology and culture of the Maya for the K-16 classroom.

Introduction to Maya Glyphs Workshop
This workshop is open to all registrants. It will focus on the basics of Maya hieroglyphs and includes a tour of NOMA's Art of the Americas exhibit.



New Orleans Museum of Art
One Collins Diboll Circle, City Park

6:00 pm – 7:15 pm
Is “Collapse” a Useful Term in Understanding Pre-Columbian Maya History?
Jeremy A. Sabloff, Santa Fe Institute

The term “collapse” has, in recent years, become quite controversial, and there is good reason to question the utility of this loaded word going forward. This keynote talk will focus on understandings of the late 8th and early 9th centuries CE cultural processes and environmental events in the Maya Lowlands that culminated in what has often been seen as a political collapse. Moreover, the talk will examine whether such understanding can help illuminate comparable trends at other times in Maya history and in other complex societies in general.

7:15 pm – 8:45 pm

The keynote address is free and open to the public.

Saturday February 16


Freeman Auditorium
Tulane University
7018-7098 Plum St, New Orleans

8:00 am
Registration & Check-in
Light breakfast and coffee provided.

8:45 am
Welcome & Opening Remarks
Marcello Canuto, Middle American Research Institute, Tulane University

9:00 am
Political Cycling, Resilience and Collapse during the Preclassic Period of Pacific Guatemala
Michael Love, California State University, Northridge
Julia E. Guernsey, University of Texas at Austin

9:40 am
The Rise and Fall and Rise and Fall of Chichen Itza
Geoffrey E. Braswell, University of California- San Diego

10:20 am
Coffee Break

10:40 am
Ecosystem and Cultural Collapse
Mark Brenner, University of Florida

11:20 am
Climate and Collapse? Developing High-Precision Chronologies to Bridge Disciplines
Julie A. Hoggarth, Baylor University
Claire E. Ebert, Northern Arizona University
Jaime J. Awe, Northern Arizona University

12:00 pm
Lunch will be served in Dinwiddie Hall, 1st floor.

2:00 pm
Late Classic Maya Political Disintegration: Insights from Aguateca and Ceibal
Daniela Triadan, University of Arizona

2:40 pm
The Classic Maya Collapse: Towards a Structural-Demographic Approach
Dimitri Baliaev, Russian State University for the Humanities

3:20 pm
Coffee Break

3:40 pm
And Then There Were None: The Terminal Classic Abandonment of the Puuc Region, Yucatan, Mexico
George J Bey III, Millsaps College
Tomas Gallareta Negron, INAH-CRY

4:20 pm
Cycles of Demographic Catastrophe and Recovery from the Terminal Classic through Postclassic Periods of the Northern Plains: New Settlement and Chronological Data from the Mayapan Vicinity
Marilyn A. Masson, The University at Albany SUNY
Carlos Peraza Lope, INAH
Timothy Hare, Morehead State University
Douglas J. Kennett, Pennsylvania State University
Stanley Serafin, Central Queensland University
Bradley W. Russell, College of St. Rose

5:00 – 6:00 pm
Light Reception

Sunday February 17

Dinwiddie Hall
Tulane University



9:00 am – 12:00 pm
New Archaeological, Epigraphic, and Linguistic Evidence on the Classic Period Collapse
Marc Zender, Tulane University
Marcello Canuto, Tulane University
Francisco Estrada-Belli, Tulane University

10:30 am – 12:00 pm
Emergence, Collapse, and Transformation in Mississippian Chiefdoms of the American South
Christopher B. Rodning, Tulane University

12:00 pm – 1:45 pm
Box lunches will be provided on the 3rd floor of Dinwiddie Hall to those who ordered them on the registration form. The M.A.R.I. Gallery will be open for viewing throughout the lunch break.



Workshop Set I

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
Animating Effigy Censers at Mayapán: Links to the Codices and Yucatec Ethnohistory
Susan Milbrath, Florida Museum of Natural History

1:45 pm – 3:15 pm
DIY Ceramic Analysis
Caroline Parris, Middle American Research Institute, Tulane University

Workshop Set II

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Last Men Standing: Uaxactun Dynasty in the Terminal Classic
Dimitri Baliaev, Russian State University for the Humanities

3:30 pm – 5:00 pm
Workshop TBA