How did the ancient Maya express their identity? What objects did they use to show their power? What can archaeology tell us about Maya life? These are some of the questions we will discuss while students learn how to read a Maya monument and handle objects from Central and South America.

A museum teacher leads the first 30 minutes of the session. The session focuses on part of a monument from the World Heritage site of Quiriguá. The students are then divided into two groups. One group completes a self-guided activity looking at Maya collections in the Museum. The other group takes part in a multisensory handling session that includes objects such as obsidian and smells such as copal. After 30 minutes the groups swap, then the visit ends with a short plenary session.

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