Guest speaker

I speak at a variety of meetings and events about the ancient Maya, my research and my life as a Maya archaeologist.

I am both a NADFAS and Historical Association lecturer and have spoken for a variety of archaeological societies, U3A groups and Probus.

 

“Thank you for taking the time to come and talk to the Branch today. You saw the reaction, they were really interested and totally appreciative of your talk. It was the best reaction there has ever been to a talk!”

Alf Wilkinson, Lincolnshire Branch of the Historical Association

 

 

Upcoming Talks on the Maya

2017

13th June
Divine Kingship amongst the Maya. U3A Archaeology Group, Wendover.

 

“It was a great pleasure to host you this morning for your presentation on the Maya and the rainforest of Guatemala. Yours was one of the best crafted and informative talks that I have heard at Probus since becoming a member. The multitude of questions and discussions afterwards from most of our audience was a testament to their interest in your lecture.”

Chris Bevan, Probus

Previous Talks on the Maya

A write-up about my talk at the Berkshire Archaeology Society and also with Probus

2017

11th January
The Ancient Maya and Life in the Rainforest of Guatemala. Probus Club of Beaconsfield, Beaconsfield. 11th January.

2016

Misunderstandings of the Ancient Maya as revealed by the Murals of San Bartolo, Guatemala. Lincolnshire Historical Association, Sleaford. 3rd November.

Men as Gods: Ancient Maya Kingship. Berkshire Archaeological Society, Reading. 15th October.

The Maya Civilisation and Caracol Charity. The Caracol Project fundraising event, Amersham. 15th September.

The Discovery and Decipherment of Maya Writing. U3A Archaeology Group, Wendover. 12th July.

Introducing the Ancient Maya to the Classroom, Historical Association Annual Conference, Harrogate. 20th May.

Misunderstandings of the Ancient Maya as revealed by the Murals of San Bartolo, Guatemala. Buckinghamshire Historical Association, Aylesbury. 17 February.

2015
Engaging Minds Lecture. Verulam Secondary School, St. Albans. 6th October.

“Thank you for your fascinating lecture on the Maya. A number of pupils were highly enthused by the topic and one is considering investigating the Maya further as part of his Extended Project Qualification. Many thanks for giving us your time and for enthusing our students”

                                                  Paul Ramsey, Headmaster, Verulam School, St. Albans

 

The Magnificent, but Misunderstood Achievements of the Ancient Maya. Chess Valley U3A History Group, Chesham. 13th June.

My Life as a Maya Archaeologist. Wendover U3A Archaeology Group, Wendover. 12 May.

2014
Myths about the Maya. Maya on the Thames, Third Annual Workshop on Maya Myths and Glyphs, 19-21 September, Institute of Archaeology, UCL, London

Past Identities, Present Legitimation: the Reuse of a Late Preclassic Residential Group at the Maya Site of San Bartolo, Guatemala.  Institute of Archaeology, University College London. 30th May

Making the Invisible Visible: The Use of Chemical Analysis in Revealing Past Activities at the Maya site of San Bartolo, Guatemala. Paper to be presented at the Day on the Maya Conference. 29 November, Institute of Archaeology, UCL, London

2011
The Invented Past: The Creation and Re-creation of Social Identity. Paper presented at the 110th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, 16th-20th November, Montreal, Canada.

2010
Life and Death at the Archaeological Site of San Bartolo. Co-authored with Shintaro Suzuki. Paper presented at the 109th Annual Meeting of the American Anthropological Association, November, New Orleans.

Los Entierros Humanos del Sitio Arqueologico de San Bartolo, Peten, Guatemala. Co-authored with Shintaro Suzuki. Paper presented at Universidad Autonoma de Yucatan, October, Merida, Mexico.

The Value of Chemical Analysis in Understanding the Function and thus Activities carried out in Ancient Structures: Results from the Maya site of San Bartolo, Guatemala. Paper presented at the 75th Meeting of the Society of American Archaeology, April, St. Louis.

2009
Social Memory and Identity as reflected in the Reuse of a Residential Group at the Maya Site of San Bartolo. Paper presented at the 42nd Annual Chacmool Conference, University of Calgary, November, Calgary, Canada.

Investigando un grupo residencial en el sitio Maya de San Bartolo: Uso y Reutilizacion. Paper presented at the XXIII Simposio de Investigaciones Arqueologicas en Guatemala, July, Guatemala City. Guatemala.

Reuse of a Late Preclassic Residential Group at the Maya site of San Bartolo. Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology 74th Annual Meeting, April, Atlanta.

2008
What is Old is New Again: Patterns of Reuse in San Bartolo’s Late Classic Reoccupation. Co-authored with Astrid Runggaldier, Jessica Craig, Monica Pellecer and Roxzanda Ortiz. Paper presented at the Society for American Archaeology 73rd Annual Meeting, April, Vancouver, Canada.

 

Dr Diane Davies presenting the Maya