The Copan Kingdom: The Athens of Ancient Mesoamerica with Dr. Erlend Johnson

The Copan Kingdom: The Athens of Ancient Mesoamerica with Dr. Erlend Johnson


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Join anthropological archaeologist Erlend Johnson to discover the unique history and art of the Maya Kingdom of Copan in Honduras during the Classic period (A.D. 200-900).

The ancient Maya kingdom of Copan has captured the imagination of the public due to its impressive sculptures and monuments. It has both the most life-like, in the round sculpture of longest known hieroglyphic inscription known from the Maya world. In the 1990s and early 2000s archaeologists tunneling deep within the city's acropolis found some of the most opulent royal tombs known from the Maya world.  This ancient Maya city is also remarkable due to its location on the edge of the Maya world, on the border of what is Guatemala today. It is the only Maya kingdom known to have incorporated a diverse, multiethnic population. At its peak, the city achieved a population of between 15,000 and 25,000 residents and held political influence over other Mesoamerican cities as far as 120km away. 

In this seminar, we will explore the rise, expansion, artistic achievements, and ultimate collapse of this Maya kingdom. Participants will learn about the life, deeds, and monuments of major historical figures from Copan. We will also learn about major regional interactions and historical events surrounding the founding, expansion, and decline of the kingdom.  

Led by an expert on Mesoamerican archaeology, Erlend Johnson, this interactive seminar will explore the ancient Maya kingdom of Copan. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the history and achievements of this ancient kingdom.

Erlend Johnson is an anthropological archaeologist interested in Mesoamerican political organization. He earned his P.hD in Anthropology from Tulane University in 2018, where he currently teaches.His research focuses on the integrative strategies of the Copan polity in the Classic period (AD 200-900) and the changing ways that this intrusive, lowland Maya style polity interacted with and integrated surrounding non-Maya populations over the duration of the Classic period. From 2011-2016 He directed the Proyecto Arqueologico Regional Cucuyagua Sensenti (PARCS) as part of his dissertation research. He has previously completed field research and thesis on Taino landscape utilization in the Dominican Republic for his Mphil at Leiden University.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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I am always thrilled to learn more about the Mesoamerican archaeological sites--culture, the architecture, the practices, the astronomy.. This presentation was beautifully done with so much scholarly work behind the information.

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I was totally entertained and educated by Dr Johnson! About 20 years ago I had the chance to visit Copan and Quirigua(sp). I love Mayan archiology and having a chance to see the interior of the pyramid with the tombs was not possible when I went. thank you so much . I loved it

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I am always thrilled to learn more about the Mesoamerican archaeological sites--culture, the architecture, the practices, the astronomy.. This presentation was beautifully done with so much scholarly work behind the information.

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Copan

I was totally entertained and educated by Dr Johnson! About 20 years ago I had the chance to visit Copan and Quirigua(sp). I love Mayan archiology and having a chance to see the interior of the pyramid with the tombs was not possible when I went. thank you so much . I loved it