The Preservation and Importance of Inscriptions: 21st-Century Challenges
April 28, 2011
Lecture by Barbara Fash, Director, Corpus of Maya Hieroglyphic Inscriptions, Peabody Museum Scholars value inscriptions for their aesthetic, linguistic, and scientific information, and, for centuries, artists and archaeologists have recorded inscriptions in an effort to awaken the past for modern audiences. The origins of this antiquarian tradition included toiling in the field to produce copies of monuments often quite foreign to the artist. Line drawings, photographs, and casts remain today as important museum objects, preserving what has been lost by the ravages of time and sad cases of looting.