The five-day Maya Meetings returned to Austin after being held in Guatemala last year, attracting scholars and enthusiasts of Maya culture from around the world to present their latest research and discoveries regarding Mayan architecture, cosmology and culture.
Some of the temples shown by researchers had not been seen by an audience in centuries. The new research focused on art, architecture and new texts that depicted the lives of ordinary Mayas, instead of the traditional accounts that focus on kings and gods.
“Truth is, we don’t know squat,” said George Stuart, director for the Center for Maya Research and keynote speaker for the 2013 Maya Meetings. “There’s about 6,000 known Maya sites and we’ve only researched about 5 percent of them.”