Astronomy in the Classic Maya Period

Date/Time: Wed 30 Aug / 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm

Location: Monash University, Room E561, (Menzies Building) 20 Chancellors Walk, Clayton Campus

Monash Indigenous Studies Centre (MISC)

Research Seminar

Astronomy in the Classic Maya Period

The Mayan Classic period (250-900CE) is recognised as the height of arts, architecture and urbanism for the Maya, particularly in terms of astronomical knowledge. Observations of the celestial landscape arise in sculptures, buildings, calendars, numbering, writings and all Mayan cultural expressions. This talk will explore the site known as Copan Ruinas – a crucible of outstanding architecture and symbolic language that shows the role of time and cosmos in the religion, rituals and social ends of the Maya people.

Dr Javier Mujeto, a professor of Cultural Astronomy at the National
Autonomous University in Honduras (Central America), conducting
ethnographic work with Indigenous communities in Central America and
archaeological fieldwork in southern Europe and Mesoamerica.

Wednesday 30th August 2017

12:30pm – 2:00pm

Level 5, East Wing, Menzies Building
20 Chancellors Walk
Clayton Campus

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