University Forum - How Indiana Jones Got It Wrong


Mar. 5, 2018, 7:30pm to 9pm

Office/Remote Location

Polychrome Cylinder Vessel


The College of Liberal Arts' University Forum lecture series presents "How Indiana Jones Got It Wrong: What We Can Learn From Ancient Maya Ceramics" a talk by Laura Kosakowsky, Professor of Anthropology, University of Arizona.

Maya ceramics in museums are usually whole and beautifully decorated, but what can they reveal to us about the complex nature of the culture from which they came? Dr. Laura J. Kosakowsky reveals the difference between Maya ceramics in a beautiful but static museum display and the reality of an archaeological dig, where context and fragmentation play a vital role. Drawing on the data from her own field explorations at Chan (a site in Belize occupied for 2,000 years), Dr. Kosakowsky explores what we can learn from these ceramics about Maya ritual and everyday life - but only if they’re found in context.

Image: Polychrome Cylinder Vessel,  Maya, UNLV Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art Collection, Gift of Michael C. and Mannetta Braunstein.

Admission Information

This event is free and open to the public.

Contact Information

College of Liberal Arts

Event Sponsor

Sponsored by the College of Liberal Arts and the College of Liberal Arts' Dean's Leadership Board.

Co-sponsored by the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art.

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