Countdown 2012 With Mayan Lecture Series That Explores Calendar Myths and Origins

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Hotel Maya Mayan Lecture Series

Hotel Maya will host the first in a series of lectures explaining and exploring the Mayan Calendar.

Hotel Maya today announced the first in a series of Mayan lectures set for Saturday, March 31 from 2-3 p.m. and 3:30-4:30 p.m. with Dr. Gerardo Aldana, Associate Professor at University of California, Santa Barbara. The Mayan lecture series is complimentary and held at Hotel Maya.

“It’s an honor to have Dr. Aldana join us for our Mayan lectures series. His extensive background in Mayan studies will be very beneficial for our guests attending the workshop and presentation,” said Kristi Allen, General Manager at Hotel Maya – a Doubletree by Hilton. “With the Mayan lecture series, our monthly Facebook sweepstakes and a variety of other activities planned, we are striving to share the Mayan culture and history with our guests and area residents.” 

Dr. Aldana will offer a hands-on workshop and a presentation that includes:

– Maya Calendar Workshop, 2-3 p.m., Guests will learn how to debunk Maya doomsday prophecies with a basic understanding of the Long Count. Guests will go through the (basic) mathematics underlying this key element of the Maya calendar and then examine the hieroglyphic text that has generated the misinterpretations, which have led to the alleged prophecies.

– Observatories and Green Stones: Exploring the Origins of the Maya Calendar, 3:30-4:30 p.m., Much of the current popular interest in ancient Maya civilization centers on the calendar. But most of the calendric records that scholars have are from times centuries after the calendar’s invention. This presentation explores the origins of the Maya Long Count, avoiding interpretations that rely on mystery or surprisingly advanced technologies. Instead, guests will see the calendar as a political and cultural tool necessary for the establishment and stability of early Preclassic communities.

As a faculty member in the Chicano Studies Department, Dr. Aldana’s research interests include Maya hieroglyphic history, Mesoamerican art, Experimental archaeology, Science studies, Culture theory and Indigeneity.

In 2011 Dr. Aldana published “On Mayan Astronomy and Modern Economics,” “On Deciphering Ancient Mesoamerican Foundational Texts: The Challenges of a Non-Logos-Based Creation Narrative” and “Tying Headbands or Venus Appearing: New translations of k’al, the Dresden Codex Venus Pages and Classic Period Royal ‘Binding’ Rituals.” In 2007 he published “The Apotheosis of Janaab’ Pakal:  Science, History, and Religion at Classic Maya Palenque.”

Hotel Maya will host Dr. Khristaan D. Villela, Research Professor at University of New Mexico and Professor of Art History at the Santa Fe University of Art and Design, on May 19 in its ongoing Mayan lecture series. Dr. Villela specializes in the art of Precolumbian Mesoamerica and the history of the field of Precolumbian studies.

The Museum of Latin American Art in Long Beach is the co-sponsor of the Hotel Maya lecture series.

Individuals interested in attending the “Mayan Calendar Workshop and/or Observatories and Green Stones: Exploring the Origins of the Maya Calendar Presentation” complimentary Mayan lecture series, RSVP by calling 562-481-3922. Track the remaining time on the official Mayan 2012 countdown clock live at

Hotel Maya is located at 700 Queensway Drive, Long Beach, CA 90802. For additional information, visit

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