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RZ-51575-13

Skidmore College (Saratoga Springs, NY 12866-1698)
Heather Hurst (Project Director: December 2012 to present)

Assembling the Mayan Mural Fragments from San Bartolo, Guatemala

The reassembly, interpretation, and dissemination of early Mayan murals discovered among the first-century construction rubble at the Ixim temple at San Bartolo, Guatemala. (30 months)

Recently discovered Maya murals at San Bartolo, Guatemala revealed an elaborate artistic program of mythology and texts from the Preclassic period. However, the majority of these artworks were intentionally broken into fragments and concealed by the ancient Maya. The San Bartolo Mural Fragments Project proposes a multidisciplinary three-year collaborative research program, Murals in Motion, to reassemble wall paintings from fragments recovered in archaeological excavations. The project will re-discover the lost murals from the Ixim temple (ca.100 B.C.) by piecing together a jigsaw puzzle of over 3000 fragments of painted figures, deities, texts, and animals. Through iconographic, epigraphic, and materials analysis, the project will address: What roles did image, myth, and art-making play in the process of urban growth and early state formation in the Maya lowlands? Murals in Motion balances research, cultural heritage preservation, and education/outreach in its design and outcomes.

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Project fields:
Archaeology

Program:
Collaborative Research

Division:
Research Programs

Total amounts:
$185,000 (approved)
$185,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
12/1/2013 – 2/28/2017