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Each year, the museum organizes trips and tours ranging from day hikes and local dinosaur digs to trips around the American southwest and abroad.


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Students and alums to explore the Maya world

Colorado Mesa University is partnering with the Museum of Western Colorado and Chevron to enable students, alumni and community members to participate in a guided educational tour of the Yucatan and Chiapas October 19-27. Led by staff from the Museum of Western Colorado, anthropologist Francisco Gonzales and CMU assistant professor of art Jake Allee, participants will experience beautiful geography and some of the most incredible ruins and sites of the Maya civilization.

Each year, the museum organizes trips and tours ranging from day hikes and local dinosaur digs to trips around the American southwest and abroad.

“The museum has been organizing and leading trips for a number of years now, but through this cooperation with CMU, we will now be able to offer a whole new experience,” said Peter Booth, Museum Executive Director. “By inviting CMU professors to join us, our trip participants will enjoy an insight that is unparalleled.”

Among other things, tour members will discuss the religious symbolism of Mayan ceramics and architecture. Allee is enthusiastic about recent advances in research on Mayan art. In the last 20 years, epigraphers, who study ancient writing, have translated more than 80 percent of the Mayan glyphs and built historical records for individual ancient cities.

“Since all of the [Mayan] books, with the exception of four, were destroyed, the epigraphers are now using texts on pottery and stone carving to put historical information together,” Allee said. “I think this trip is an excellent opportunity to see firsthand one of the great cultures our side of the globe has to offer.”

Students can receive class credit for the trip. It’s also open to interested alumni and community members.

“This partnership allows an exciting way for our alumni to stay connected with CMU and continue learning,” said Rick Adleman, Director of Alumni Relations. “Providing hands-on research opportunities for our undergraduate students is an institutional priority. I’m proud that the Alumni Association can play a role in making this experience available.”

Community members are invited to learn more about the trip at the Mayan Festival on April 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the CMU Ballroom. Parking is available in the garage off of 12th Street and Elm Avenue. •

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Dana Nunn, Director of Media Relations

dnunn@coloradomesa.edu

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