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The Magnificent Maya – Fact and Fantasy Diana Davies Tuesday 11 February 2020

The AGM will be held at 10.15am, immediately prior to the lecture.

Coffee will be served from 9.45am

The Maya created one of the most sophisticated civilizations in the ancient world.  Their achievements in the arts and sciences, along with their complex social, political and economic systems, make them one of the most remarkable culture groups in the Precolumbian Americas. These people brought us an intricate calendar system, complex hieroglyphic writing, some of the largest pyramids in the world, a form of ballgame that was like no other and most importantly chocolate! This lecture will discuss the major achievements of the Maya as well as pointing out the common misunderstandings we have of this remarkable civilization.

Diana Davies is a Maya archaeologist and honorary research associate at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London. She lectures to a variety of organisations, including the Historical Association, and is an educational consultant giving workshops to both teachers and students. She is Chair of Coke Education, a charity supporting the education of Maya children.