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"The Magnificent Maya" Fact or Fiction? Dr Diana Davies Tuesday 09 October 2018

Lecture

The Maya created one of the most sophisticated civilisations in the ancient world. Their achievements in the arts and science make them one of the most remarkable cultural groups in the Columbian Americas. The lecture discusses the major achievements of the Maya as well as pointing out the common misunderstandings we have of them.

Lecturer

Dr Diana Davies studied at the Institute of Archaelogy London followed by a year travelling around Central and South America. The Maya site at Palenque Mexico inspired her to learn everything she could about the Maya. A PHd followed at Tulane University in New Orleans where she taught and continued expanding her knowledge. More site work ensued at San Bartolo Guatemala but a move back to the UK in 2012 saw Diana becoming involved with supporting teachers and children in pursuing studies about the Maya which had been incorporated into the Primary History Curriculm. Diana created a special module entitled "Journey Through the Mayan World" and visits schools to tell children of the exciting life of a Mayan Archaelogist. She is now an honourary reseach associate at the Institute of Archaelogy at UCL. She is chair of Coke Education, a charity supporting the education of Maya children.