Saturday, 1:30 pm
Penn Museum, Room 345
Pre-Columbian Society Lecture
Recent Investigations at Xultun: The Taaj Group and its Murals
Ancient murals are rare in the Maya world, but rarer still are the archaeological remains of these murals’ creators. In this presentation, Franco Rossi, Ph.D. Candidate: Department of Archaeology, Boston University, explores recent research at the Classic-period Maya site of Xultun, Guatemala, where the recent discovery of a late mural in the Taaj group provides an exciting opportunity to examine scribal practice and courtly culture at this large Classic period center. The mural depicts not only portraiture of elite figures in a courtly scene, but also presents a palimpsest of roughly sketched, minute calendrical glyphs interspersed among those painted figures. In 2012, focused excavations were conducted at the Taaj group yielding new insight into the lives of the poorly known artisans who inhabited it. This presentation details the recent archaeological excavations, discusses the mural in light of these investigations and examines the link between its content and the new discoveries made within the group.
This lecture is presented by the Pre-Columbian Society of the Penn Museum. Admission is free and open to the public.