Friday, October 03, 2014

Maya Archaeology and Its Relevance to the Modern World (Santa Fe Institute)

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Here are two interesting lectures from Santa Fe Institute President Jeremy Sabloff on the topic of archeology and its importance to how we understand our world and how it might help us shape our future.

How Insights from Archaeology Might Help Shape Our Future

Published on Sep 28, 2014


Jeremy Sabloff, President, Santa Fe Institute
September 9, 2014

Stanislaw Ulam Lecture Series: Seeing the Future in Our Past: Why Archaeology Matters

Despite its popularity, archaeology’s public perception is not as accurate as it could be. Archaeologists do not have their collective heads immersed in the past, as is often supposed, but are very much concerned with both the present and future, too. SFI President Jerry Sabloff explores how, even in the face of overwhelming data recovery and interpretive hurdles, archaeologists have developed a host of approaches that can provide new perspectives on modern problems and concerns.

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Maya Archaeology and Its Relevance to the Modern World

Published on Sept 28, 2014



Jeremy Sabloff, President, Santa Fe Institute
September 10, 2014

Stanislaw Ulam Lecture Series: Seeing the Future in Our Past: Why Archaeology Matters

While the great architectural, artistic, and intellectual achievements of Pre-Columbian Maya peoples continue to bedazzle us for their richness, an understanding of the arc of ancient Maya civilization has relevance to problems facing the world today. SFI President Jerry Sabloff focuses on lessons about sustainability and societal resilience gleaned from new evidence relating to the decline of many major cities in the southern Maya Lowlands in the ninth century CE. He also explores heritage education and tourism in today’s Maya world, among other topics.
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