Demarest vs. Demarest / The long held theories
of Arthur Demarest, Friedel and others of the Maya Collapse
being attributed to Maya warfare and the breakdown of the
religious politics or the K'ul Ahau power is being challenged
with the new excavations being done at Cancuen.
The largest Maya Imperial Palace yet discovered. The site
of Cancuen co-directed by Dr. Arthur Demarest of Vanderbilt
University and Lic. Tomas Barrientos of Del Valle University
is revealing completely new ceramics unseen before in Meso
America. Jade workshops and ceramic workshops abound. Many
artists burials although not nobles have rich burial offerings
suggesting an economical wealth unknown to non-nobles in other
sites. This almost completely secular city is challenging
the previous known patterns of Maya way of life.
Join us to watch the restoration of the Palace unfold.