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Cynthia Robin on the Everyday Life of Mayan Farmers

12/06/2016 06:00 PM

@ Bookends & Beginnings
1712 Sherman Avenue, Alley 1
EvanstonIL 


Cynthia Robin on the Everyday Life of Mayan Farmers

While we might first think of grand temples and royal tombs when we think of the ancient world, the lives of ordinary people leave fewer traces but have at least as much to say about society as a whole. The ancient Maya are a case in point. Ordinary Maya farmers developed sustainable lifeways that allowed community and society to thrive for thousands of years. Northwestern professor, anthropologist, and archaeologist Cynthia Robin's latest book, Everyday Life Matters: Maya Farmers at Chan, now out in paperback, is a ground-breaking study examining a decade of archaeological research.

Tonight Robin engages us to consider the larger implications of the commonplace and to rethink the constitution of human societies by ordinary people living routine lives. Prof. Robin's book will be available for purchase and signing following her talk.

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