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From hero objects to foam blocks: Contextualizing the archaeological record in Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed

Author(s): Edward Fleming ; Liza Pryor

Year: 2016

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Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed is a 10,000- to 15,000-square-foot traveling exhibition created through multi-national, multi-institutional partnerships and intended to appeal to museum visitors of all ages. The core of the exhibition is a collection of more than 200 stunning and thought-provoking archaeological artifacts and ethnographic objects from throughout the Maya world. These objects provide visitors opportunities to engage with the authentic Maya past, the Maya today, and the work of dozens of archaeologists. But, equally important, the exhibition also contains hands-on interactive components, immersive environments, large- and small-scale models, and compelling storytelling that, when associated with the objects, help to contextualize both Maya culture and the archaeological process. In this paper we will explore the development of the exhibition and the methods of display and interpretation used to contextualize the archaeological record of the Maya.


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From hero objects to foam blocks: Contextualizing the archaeological record in Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed. Edward Fleming, Liza Pryor. Presented at The 81st Annual Meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, Orlando, Florida. 2016 ( tDAR id: 403983)


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Mesoamerica


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min long: -107.271; min lat: 12.383 ; max long: -86.353; max lat: 23.08 ;

Arizona State University The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation National Science Foundation National Endowment for the Humanities Society for American Archaeology Archaeological Institute of America