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Friday 18th August 2017 - "Astronomy in the Classic Maya Period: Copan Ruinas, Honduras" - Dr Javier Mejuto

At 7pm Friday 18th August MBO in conjunction with Emerald Secondary College presents a free National Science Week event with guest speaker Dr Javier Mejuto, Professor of Cultural Astronomy at the National Autonomous University in Honduras, on "Astronomy in the Classic Maya Period: Copan Ruinas, Honduras".

Dr Javier Mejuto photo portraitThe Mayan Classic period (250 CE- 900CE) is recognized the height of the arts, architecture and urbanism for the Maya, particularly in terms of astronomical knowledge. Observations of the celestial landscape arise in sculptures, buildings, calendars, numbering, writings and all Mayan cultural expressions. This talk will explore the site known as Copan Ruinas - a crucible of outstanding architecture and symbolic language that shows the role of time and cosmos in the religion, rituals, and social ends of the Maya people.

Come and join us on Friday August 18th from 6.30pm at EPAC, Emerald Secondary College, as Culture, Astronomy, History, Maths and Archaeology combine for this fascinating FREE talk. Doors open at 6:30pm and the talk begins at 7.30pm sharp.  Emerald Secondary College are planning a BBQ to raise funds for their astronomy club beforehand and (weather permitting) MBO will have telescopes on hand for night sky viewing afterwards.

PLEASE DO NOTE THAT THIS TALK IS NOT AT MBO ITSELF BUT IS AT EMERALD SECONDARY COLLEGE (425 Belgrave - Gembrook Road, Emerald, VIC 3782)! :-)