National Geographic Live! In Search of the Ancient Maya

Monday, 20 May 2013 - 7:30pm
Format: 
Lecture
Admission: 
Ticket Required
Region: 
KCTS/Seattle
Location: 
Benaroya Hall, Seattle (S. Mark Taper Foundation Auditorium) Click here for Map

KCTS 9 is a proud media sponsor of 2013 National Geographic Live! Seattle Speaker Series, presented by Benaroya Hall and the Seattle Symphony.

Get ready for an evening illustrated with colorful imagery and irresistible tales of royal intrigue, backstabbing and war. In the mid-1840s, explorers Stephens and Catherwood first revealed to the outside world the wealth of Mayan ruins found in the Central American jungles. Since then, experts and amateurs have wrestled with the questions: Who built these cities? Who ruled over them? How did they fall into ruin? Recently, these questions have taken on added urgency with the public due to the “Maya prophecy” that the world will end in 2012. For more than a decade, William Saturno has searched for clues to the mysteries of the Classic Maya. Guided by luck and know-how, he and his team have carried out successful excavations in Mexico, Belize, Guatemala and Honduras. Saturno has made some of the world’s most important Maya discoveries, including the spectacular murals of San Bartolo. Most recently, in the sprawling complex of Xultun, Saturno unearthed a house whose walls are covered with glyphs representing calculations of the Maya calendar cycles. These calculations show that, contrary to popular belief, the Maya believed the world would continue well past 2012. A report on this revealing new discovery appeared in the June 2012 issue of National Geographic. Join this entertaining presenter for vivid stories and images that shed fascinating new light on the lives of the enigmatic Mesoamerican people.

Now in its 16th year in Seattle, the series presents five of National Geographic’s most dynamic explorers, scientists, archaeologists and photographers, each sharing stories from the front lines of exploration. Award-winning video and digital images animate the presentations, which conclude with a question-and-answer session with audience members. Join the adventure!

Tickets and series subscriptions are now available on the National Geographic Live! website.