The Magnificent Maya – Fact and Fantasy

Dr Diane Davies

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 Pre-Columbian Americas.  The Mayan 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

Dr Diane Davies is a Maya archaeologist and honorary research associate of the Institute of Archaeology, University College London.  She completed her PhD at Tulane University, New Orleans.  Little is known about the Maya in the UK and so, aside from carrying out research in Guatemala and teaching, Diane is an educational consultant for schools giving workshops to both teachers and children on the Maya.  She has created award-winning resources, organizes trips to the Maya area and is also the Chair of Chok Education, a charity supporting the education of Maya children.  Diane organises conferences on the Maya as well as lecturing to a variety of organisations, including the City Literary Institute, London and the Historical Association.

Thursday 21st October at 7.30pm (via Zoom or at a venue to be confirmed).