September 22: Lecture by Timothy Pugh
Ballcourts at Nixtun-Ch’ich’, Guatemala
Formal ballcourts were one of the most enduring architectural complexes of Mesoamerica—they appear prior to 1000 BCE and were described by the 16th century Spaniards. In fact, a version of the game is still played in Mexico today. Ballcourts also played a key role in Maya creation myths. This presentation describes work in the three ballcourts at Nixtun-Ch’ich’ in Petén, Guatemala, especially Ballcourt 1, which was the largest ballcourt in Mesoamerica until the construction of the Great Ballcourt of Chichén Itzá in the Classic period. The ballcourt primarily dates to the Late Preclassic period (300 BCE to CE 200), but new data suggest that it may have been used much earlier.
September 22 at 6:00 pm
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