2nd April 2025 – The Mayan Civilisation of Central America

Wednesday 2nd April 2025

The Mayan Civilisation of Central America

Lecturer: Duncan Pring

The Maya lived in Central America between 1000 BC and 1528 AD, when they were conquered by the Spanish. The peak of their civilisation was between 300 and 900 AD. During that time, they built enormous monuments, produced jade and ceramic items of great beauty, and developed a calendar that was far more advanced than anything in Europe at the time. They had an advanced understanding of mathematics and astronomy and developed a hieroglyphic script which scholars are beginning to decipher, allowing us to understand their achievements much more fully.

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Educated at Oxford and London universities, Duncan Pring’s PhD thesis was on The Preclassic Ceramics of Northern Belize. He has published widely on Mayan ceramics.

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