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Mayan apocalypse

December 18, 2012

In the news: ARTstor’s board members

Here is a roundup of recent news items about members of ARTstor’s Board of Trustees:

ARTstor’s Board of Trustees is made up of distinguished leaders who share a commitment to the use of digital technology to enhance scholarship, teaching, and learning. You can see the full list of Trustees here.


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December 4, 2012

In the news: Countdown for the “Mayan apocalypse”

Mesoamerican | Polychrome vase | Kerr Archive;

Mesoamerican | Polychrome vase | Kerr Archive;

As you’ve probably heard, people across the world have been worrying that the world will end on December 21, 2012, influenced by some recent interpretations of Popol Vuh, a 16th-century narrative about the origins, traditions, and history of the Maya nation. Thankfully, NASA scientists recently debunked this and other apocalyptic predictions.

But don’t let the fact that the world is not about to end damper your interest in Mayan artifacts! The ARTstor Digital Library features more  than 500 fascinating photographs of Pre-Columbian artifacts from Justin Kerr and Barbara Kerr that shouldn’t be missed. The collection consists of still and rollout photographs of vases, plates, and bowls from the various cultures of Mesoamerica. The rollouts—which show the entire surface of an object in a single frame—were made by photographer Justin Kerr with a camera he designed and built. The objects in the collection depict a variety of everyday Mayan activities and religious concepts, and stem from archaeological sites, museums, and collections throughout Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Belize, the United States, Canada, and Europe. View the collection here.

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