Mayan Archaeologist

Who are the Mayans? That is exactly what our investigating archaeologist character 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.

This character has three visit scenarios:

  • Help me improve this power point
  • Unpacking the box from Guatemalar
  • The Story of the Hero Twins

Help me improve this power point (groups of 10 – 120)

The Archaeologist, an expert in Ancient Egyptians, has been asked to give an hours presentation on the Maya. They ask the audience for help to research and find extra information to add to their presentation. After seeing the presentation the audience undertake a series of activities looking at food, textiles, objects, writing, settlements, decorations, and materials. They then come back together and work with the Archaeologist to build a more detailed picture of the Maya.

Unpacking the box from Guatemalar (groups 10 – 36)

Some days are luckier than others. In the Mayan scenario our archaeologist is 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.

The Gift of Maize and the Story of the Hero Twins  (groups of 10 – 120)

This visit looks at the typical events of a day and how Mayan families dealt with naughty children. Which leads into the story telling of ‘The Gift of Maize’ explaining how the Mayans believed they were given the gift of life and,if time, the Story of the Hero twins. (This can be a whole class role-play or audience participation play for a larger group)

The visit then moves into looking at elements of daily life such as writing, food, pottery, clothes and leisure.

Mayan Workshops

Workshop themes can include: food; music, writing, pottery, clothes, gods and beliefs, settlements, houses. Further information on how workshops operate is found here.

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