7th European Maya Conference

Jaws of the Underworld. Life, Death and Rebirth among the Ancient Maya

This conference was held from November 5 through 10, 2002 at The British Museum, United Kingdom. The workshop took place November 5 to 7, 2001 at the Institute of Archaeology (UCL). The event was coordinated by Institute of Archaeology (UCL).

You can download the complete program of the conference as well as the abstracts of the papers presented:


The papers presented at the conference were the following:

Research symposium (November 8, 2002):

John F. Chuchiak IV
Department of History,
Southwest Missouri
State University
Yaab Uih Yetel Maya Cimil – Colonial Famines, Plagues, and Catastrophes and their Impact on Changing Yucatec Maya Concepts of Death and Dying, 1580-1660
Markus Eberl
Tulane University
Buried in Stone: On Burial Customs of Classic Maya Rulers
Lilia Fernández Souza
Universiad Autónoma de Yucatán
Death and Memory in Chichén Itzá
James L. Fitzsimmons
Department of Anthropology,
Harvard University
Tomb Re-Entry Among the Classic Maya: Archaeology and Epigraphy in Mortuary Ceremonialism
Stanley Guenter
Dept. of Anthropology,
Southern Methodist University
Fire Mountain and the Headless Kings of Tikal
Kerry Hull
Dept. of Anthropology,
University of Texas at Austin
Journey from the Tomb: Ropes, Roads, and the Point of Departure
Emiliano Melgar
Archaeology INAH, Mexico
Water Sources for Death: Bones, Sacrifices and Cremations at Cenotes
Elisabeth Wagner
University of Bonn
White Earth Bundles: The Symbolic Sealing and Burial of Buildings among the Ancient Maya
Estella Weiss-Krejci
(Dept. of Social and Cultural
Anthropology, University of Vienna;
Faculty of Arts,
University of Oporto, Portugal)
The Maya Corpse: Body Processing from Preclassic to Postclassic Times in the Maya Highlands and Lowlands

Public symposium (November 9-10, 2002):

Héctor Escobedo
Universidad del Valle, Guatemala
Requiems for Dead Kings: Temples and Mortuary Pyramids at Piedras Negras
Elizabeth Graham
Institute of Archaeology, UCL, UK
Pagans in Paradise
Nikolai Grube
(University of Bonn, Germany;
University of Texas, USA
Fantastic Creatures: Death Gods, Spirit Companions and Infernal Monsters
Norman Hammond
Boston University, USA
Life, Death and the Ancient Maya
Stephen Houston
Brigham Young University, USA
Ideology of the Maya Tomb
Simon Martin
Institute of Archaeology, UCL, UK
Mortuary Themes in Maya Art and Writing
Mary Ellen Miller
Yale University, USA
The Stuff of Maize: Life, Death and Resurrection of Maya Kings
Enrique Nalda
INAH, Mexico
Funerary Practices in Dzibanché: the Royal Tomb in Temple 11
Dorie Reents-Budet
Smithonian Institution, USA
The Parallel Universe: Ritual Caves of the Maya
Frank and Julie Saul
Lucas County
Coroners Office, Ohio, USA
Life and Death: As Recorded in their Skeletons
Robert Sharer
University of Pennsylvania, USA
Finding the Founder: Early Tombs at Copán, Honduras
David Stuart
Peabody Museum,
Harvard University, USA
Mountains, Caverns and Waters: The Ancient Maya Underworld as Ritual Landscape
Karl Taube
University of Riverside,
California, USA
Heaven and Hell: Portals, Xibalba and the Flowery Paradise