THE 2021 Flagstaff Festival of Science will explore “Stories in Stone” on September 17-26 in Flagstaff, Arizona. Archaeologist Jaime Awe, Ph.D., will lead off the free, 10-day adventure as he shares his zest for exploration, passion, and in-depth research with “When Stones Speak: Decoding the Messages Embedded in Ancient Maya Monuments”. The W. L. Gore & Associates Keynote presentation is scheduled for 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 17, in Northern Arizona University’s Ardrey Auditorium.
Dr. Awe will showcase exciting discoveries he and his team have made about life in ancient Maya cities, which were hidden in the jungles of Belize. Through the use of LIDAR technology that revealed buried Maya structures and DNA studies on remains in newly discovered tombs, the team extracted clues about human conditions. “This year’s Festival of Science, whose theme is Stories in Stone, is a wonderful opportunity for me to share results of my long and ongoing research on Maya civilization, and on the significant information that is encoded in the monuments of the ancient Maya,” says Dr. Awe. Maya monuments encode important information on how this fascinating civilization viewed their universe, and how they interacted socially, politically, and ritually with their gods and peers.
Full program of events to include Science in the Park, presentations, workshops, guided tours all taking place Sept. 17-26. With many programs led by outstanding Flagstaff scientists, Festival-goers will also have the opportunity to learn about other ancient cultures in this year’s archeological-themed festival.