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
Please note, the lecture takes place at Tyndall Lecture Theatre, University of Bristol NOT Bristol Museum & Art Gallery. Access on foot is via the Royal Fort entrance, along the path and to the left.