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561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

FAU Hosts Maya Hieroglyphic Lecture and Workshop

BOCA RATON, FL (September 27, 2007) – The seventh annual Maya Hieroglyphic Workshop and Lecture Series will be held October 5 - 6 at Florida Atlantic University’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.   These free public events offer the opportunity to learn more about this ancient form of communication that holds the key to the history of the Mayan civilization that existed in Central and South America over 2000 years ago.   

The lecture, entitled “Astronomy of the Ancient Maya, In Their Own Words,” will take place on Friday, October 5 at 7 p.m. in the Social Sciences Building, room 250.    It will be presented by Harvey M. Bricker of Tulane University and is free and open to the public.

            The workshop follows on Saturday, October 6 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Social Sciences Building, room 190.   Entitled “Reconstructing Maya History from Hieroglyphic Texts,” the workshop, presented by Victoria R. Bricker of the University of Florida and Harvey M. Bricker, will introduce participants to the principles of the ancient Maya writing system. The workshop is free for FAU students, and $35 for all others.   Pre-registration is required.  

            The series is sponsored by the Ann Adams Public Speakers Fund and the Department of Anthropology of the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters at FAU.   For more information or to register for the workshop, contact Cynthia Wilson at 561-297-3230 or cwilson@fau.edu.

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