TITLE: "Kislak Ceramics: Drugs, Drinks, and Ritual Goods, Actual or Imaginary Content?"
SPEAKER: Jennifer Loughmiller-Newman
EVENT DATE: 04/29/2010
RUNNING TIME: 59 minutes
Speaker Jennifer Loughmiller-Newman, Kislak Fellow, presents "Kislak Ceramics: Drugs, Drinks, and Ritual Goods, Actual or Imaginary Content". The ancient Maya created extraordinary ceramics for ritual use. These Classic period artifacts (600 to 900 AD) often are decorated with graphic images depicting ritual acts and, less frequently, with hieroglyphic text which seemingly indicates the vessel's contents (for example kakaw/chocolate, may/tobacco). Have the Maya presented us with direct evidence of ritual behavior or do we have ideological representations of that behavior? Perhaps something in between? This presentation discusses the pursuit of the answers through the examination of Classic Maya vessels from the Kislak collection at the Library of Congress.
Speaker Biography: Jennifer Loughmiller-Newman, who works on the Cultural Resources Survey Project at New York State Museum, received a master's degree in anthropology from the University of Albany. She is a Ph.D. candidate in Mesoamerican archaeology at the same school.