June 11, 2011 Talk: Michael Coe, PhD: "Time and Space in Southeast Asia and Mesoamerica: Connection or Disconnection?" and Codex Wookshop: Dr. Gabrielle Vail,   New College of Florida in Sarasota, "Venus Deities among the Prehispanic and Contemporary Maya"

    Striking similarities between the cosmological systems of Southeast Asia and Mesoamerica raise the questions of common origin, diffusion, and/or independent invention. For example, how do we explain the resemblance of the intricate Mesoamerican permutation calendar to that of contemporary Bali, or the organization of space by the color-direction complex found in eastern Asia and in New World cultures from the Southwestern US through northern Columbia? These topics may currently be unfashionable, but they are still worthy of pursuit.
    Michael D. Coe, PhD. is an pre-eminent American archaeologist, anthropologist, epigrapher and author. Primarily known for his research in the field of pre-Columbian Mesoamerican studies, and in particular, for his work on the Maya civilization, where he is regarded as one of the foremost Mayanist scholars of the latter 20th century, Dr. Coe has also made extensive investigations across a variety of other archaeological sites in North and South America. He has also specialized in comparative studies of ancient tropical forest civilizations, such as those of Central America and Southeast Asia. He currently holds the chair of Charles J. MacCurdy Professor of Anthropology, Emeritus, Yale University, and is Curator Emeritus of the Anthropology collection in the Peabody Museum of Natural History, where he had been Curator from 1968 to 1994.

The talk was proceeded by a Special Codex Workshop: "Venus Deities among the Prehispanic and Contemporary Maya," offered by Dr. Gabrielle Vail,   New College of Florida in Sarasota. Dr. Vail presented an intermediate level hieroglyphic workshop, with an accompanying workbook.

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