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Wednesday Lecture Series – Raul Mendoza Alcocer

October 17, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

October 17th – Raul Mendoza Alcocer, local scholar and historian

Joseph T. Goodman and the “Crónica de Oxkutzcab”

Joseph T. Goodman learned from Gustavus A. Eisen of the problem of the Maya inscriptions and calendar. With Eisen’s encouragement, professional contacts, and research materials, Goodman set to work. His research was initially guided by previously published research as well as photographic documentation of molds and glyphs. This documentation was primarily supplied by Alfred Maudslay, an English archaeologist who made significant contributions to Central American archaeology. The tables that Goodman compiled, which run through an entire “calendar round,” are still considered valid.
Additionally, in 1905, Goodman discovered a correlation between the Maya Long Count and the Gregorian calendar that is still used by Maya epigraphers.

Free and open to the public, donations encouraged.

For the past seven years, MEL has sponsored a lecture series from mid-October to mid-April.  We try to include a wide range of speakers and subjects.  There are always a couple of talks about some aspect of the history of  Mexico or the Yucatan or the city of Merida.  And we usually have a lecture or two about the Maya – their architecture, spiritual beliefs or customs.  Sometimes an archaeologist will discuss something exciting about a newly discovered ruin or offer a new look at a well-known site.  Mixed in among these “academic” topics might be talks about backyard composting in the city, or the state of solar power technology, or recent changes in Mexico’s immigration laws, or how to become a “birder.”

Most of the programs are free; for some, there is a nominal suggested donation.

Wednesdays,  7 pm to 8 pm (unless otherwise noted)


October 17, 2018
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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