12 January 2017

Winter Lecture: Discovering the Ancient Maya

After Christopher Columbus’ first encounter with the Maya and the subsequent conquest of Yucatan, the ruins of their ancient civilisation began to be uncovered by Spanish explorers.

When independence came to Mexico and Guatemala, scholars from other nations joined the search, including several Britons.

During the latter part of the 19th century the contributions of Frederick Catherwood, Alfred Maudslay, and finally Adela Breton were vital in documenting the jungle-clad cities and their impressive sculptures and murals.

Speaker: Professor Norman Hammond, University of Cambridge