THE ANCIENT MAYA: A FAMILY VACATION PRIMER
Description: Headed to Mexico to see family? Or for Spring Break or Summer vacation? Tell us about location area of interest and our instructor will introduce you to the Maya and some colonial Spanish history for places like Merida. Tulum, Chichen Itza, Uxmal, and Cenotes. Children can join in where appropriate or take part in an introductory Spanish lesson for non-Spanish speakers or take part in Maya themed arts and crafts sessions.
Instructor bio – Rebecca Deeb is an anthropological archaeologist focusing on ancient Mexico and Central America. She earned her Bachelors in Anthropology from Oberlin College, her Master’s from the University of Illinois, Chicago, and is nearing completion of her Ph.D. dissertation. For over a decade, Rebecca has educated students on global cultures, human evolution, and how digging in the dirt can tell us many things about ancient civilizations. She has taught at several area colleges and managed the cultural collections of the Cleveland Museum of Natural History. Her archaeological work deals with the Maya and has taken her to Honduras, Guatemala, Belizean caves, and Mexico. While living in a Maya village, some of the subjects Rebecca studied included trade, pottery, obsidian and metal.