Mayan Archaeologist(s)

Who are the Mayans?

That is exactly what our investigating archaeologist(s) would like to know. So, they lead your audience on an adventure to discover if there is more to these apparently gruesome folk than blood and sacrifice.

Some days are luckier than others. In the Mayan scenario our archaeologist(s) are given a specialist grant to investigate the Mayans for a wealthy benefactor. Initially unsure of the mission they recount to the audience the well known gory side of the Mayans. Then having noted that most sources of information are written from the Spanish conquerors view they consider what they would like to know. Unexpectedly, a parcel arrives. Excitedly unwrapping it they discover a finds box that has been sent from their benefactor. With the audience’s help they start to unfold the story of the Mayans and their lives.

Mayan’s Visit

The introduction starts with the archaeologist(s) being employed by a wealthy benefactor to interpret finds from his Mayan dig. Aided by the audience, a parcel is unpacked and the contents used to start to ask questions about how the Mayans lived. This handling exercise is used to lead into a variety of activities that help the audience appreciate Mayan culture and daily life.

The pattern of a day looks at the typical events of a day and how Mayan families dealt with naughty children. This leads into the story telling of ‘The Gift of Maize’ which looks at how the Mayans were given the gift of life. (This can be a whole class role-play or audience participation play for a larger group).

This then moves into looking at elements of daily life such as writing, food, pottery.

Workshops

If desired, the visiting character(s) can run workshops with the children in conjunction with the teachers. Or teachers can opt to run these themselves whilst the character(s) work with another group/class. Workshop themes can include: food; music, writing, pottery, clothes, gods and beliefs.

Travelling Shop

This a prebooked “step back in time shopping experience” that runs as a workshop within the visit. The children are given goods which they can either keep or use to choose a purchase from a range of items typically available in those times.  Cost is £2 a child.

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