Ancient Mayan city of Xultun is focus of first spring 2016 science seminar

Special to the Log
Jennifer Wildt

Northwest Florida State College’s spring 2016 Science Seminar Series kicks off from 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Jan. 22, in Room 110 of the Robert E. Greene Jr. Science Building (Building 350) on the Niceville Campus. Archaeologist Jennifer Wildt, Ph.D., of Prentice Thomas and Associates will talk about "New Discoveries at the Ancient Mayan City of Xultun." The seminar, which is free is open to the public.

The ancient city of Xultun, located deep in the Guatemalan jungle, was once home to 10,000 people and an important center of political power. Excavations began at the site in 2008 and have unearthed a wealth of information about the city and the lives of its inhabitants. Dr. Wildt will discuss recent discoveries at Xultun that disproved the Maya 2012 doomsday myth and her own work on understanding Maya social gatherings in plazas.

For more information, contact Samantha Linder at 850-729-4915.