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El Paso Museum of History to Host Aztec Calendar Stone Lecture by John Carlson

Aztec Calendar Stone (photo by John Carlson)

Aztec Calendar Stone (photo by John Carlson)

The El Paso Museum of History will host Aztec Calendar Stone Lecture by John Carlson, Friday, September 28, 2012, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. The “Aztec Calendar Stone,” also known as the Stone of the Fifth Sun, is a massive piece of Mexica state monumental sculpture dating from around 1507.  Although often erroneously called the “Calendar Stone,” it is a magnificent sacrificial altar that tells the “Legend of the Five Suns”. In current popular culture, this image is more often than not confused with the ancient Maya calendar, and it has become a much misunderstood icon that is regularly used to sell products and promote new creative “Mayanistic” and other religious expressions.

In this presentation, the scholarly evidence is presented from the archaeological record, ethnohistorical sources, and contemporary popular culture to present a comprehensive view of this remarkable early 16th-century Mexica monument in its proper cultural context.  Its presenter, John B. Carlson, a radio and extragalactic astronomer by training, is the Director of the Center for Archaeoastronomy, a non-profit institute for research and education related to interdisciplinary studies of the astronomical practices, celestial lore, religions and world-views of ancient civilizations and the contemporary indigenous cultures of the world. In this capacity, Dr. Carlson is an expert on Native American astronomy specializing is studies of Pre-Columbian Mesoamerica, and is the Editor-in-Chief of the ARCHAEOASTRONOMY Journal.

This El Paso Museum of History’s Aztec Calendar Stone lecture is in conjunction with the El Paso Museum of Archaeology’s lecture on September 29, 2012, 2:00 pm, The 2012 Phenomenon and What the Ancient Maya Calendar-Keepers Might Have Anticipated.  Both lectures are free and open to the public.

The El Paso Museum of History is located at 510 N. Santa Street.

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