Papers from the 1987 Maya Weekend conference at the University of Pennsylvania Museum present current views of Maya culture and language. Also included is an article by George Stuart summarizing the history of the study of Maya hieroglyphs and the fascinating scholars and laypersons who have helped bring about their decipherment.
Symposium Series III
University Museum Monograph, 77
List of Illustrations Preface Introduction The Past as Prelude I. Quest for Decipherment: A Historical and Biographical Survey of Maya Hieroglyphic Investigation EPIGRAPHY AND ICONOGRAPHY: CURRENT STUDIES AND INTERPRETATIONS II. Classic Maya Politics III. From Double Bird to Ah Cacao: Dynastic Troubles and the Cycle of Katuns at Tikal, Guatemala IV. Preclassic Notation and the Development of Maya Writing V. Excavating Among the Collections: A Reexamination of Three Figurines VI. Pure Language and Lapidary Prose VII. The Myth of the Popol Vuh as an Instrument of Power THE ARCHAEOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE: NEW INSIGHTS INTO DEVELOPMENTS AND RELATIONSHIPS VIII. New Ceremonial and Settlement Evidence at La Venta, and its Relation to Preclassic Maya Cultures IX. The Preclassic Origin of Lowland Maya States X. Preclassic Maya Civilization XI. The Development of a Regional Tradition in Southern Belize XII. Beyond Temples and Palaces: Recent Settlement Pattern Research at the Ancient Maya City of Sayil (1983-1985) XIII. Variations on a Theme: A Frontier View of Maya Civilization THE MAYA WORLD VIEW: THE ANCIENT WAYS AND THE MODERN LEGACY XIV. Deciphering Maya Architectural Plans XV. Burials as Caches; Caches as Burials: A New Interpretation of the Meaning of Ritual Deposits Among the Classic Period Lowland Maya XVI. Rebellious Prophets XVII. Divination and Prophecy in Yucatan XVIII. Mayan Calendars, Cosmology, and Astronomical Commensuration XIX. The Popol Vuh as a Hieroglyphic Book THE PRESENT AS PAST XX. The Future of Tikal