About the Conference

Davidson Day School and American Foreign Academic Research would like to announce the ninth annual Maya at the Lago Conference.

The Maya at the Lago Conference (M@L) is a four-day "Everything Maya" event that's comprised of lectures, workshops, and exciting social events.

Maya at the Lago is an inclusive conference that brings together members of the public, lifelong learners, and pre-collegiate students to listen and interact with established and young scholars of all things Maya. The event is centered on Davidson Day School, 20 min north of Charlotte – an easy 10 minute stroll from the nearby conference hotel, the Davidson Homewood Suite. The conference includes hands-on workshops on hieroglyphic writing (both introductory and advanced), along with interactive lectures and fun social gatherings.

The 9th annual Maya at the Lago will focus on the Northern Yucatán with talks by 16 scholars – from Mexico, Belize, Canada, and the US – to explore the writing system, art, architecture, cities, technology, and political landscapes of the ancient Maya. From the Carribean coast to the hills of the Puuc Region, from the jade celts of village founders to the portraits of kings, and from small households to palaces, this year's Maya at the Lago will feature a great diversity of topics spanning over 2,000 years.

Davidson and Lake Norman provide a peaceful serene backdrop for what promises to be the learning opportunity of a lifetime. Like its sister conference, Maya at the Playa, M@L not only gives participants the chance to learn from the best in the field of archaeology, but also provides an opportunity for scholars and non-professionals to socialize outside the traditional confines of the classroom. In addition to great academic content, participants can share experiences like the Lifetime Achievement Dinner or one-on-one glyph instruction with the experts. These are mutually rewarding experiences for both presenters and attendees.


The conference will be held at Davidson Day School, a progressive college preparatory school with a profound interest in archaeology and global studies. Davidson Day School is the home of American Foreign Academic Research, which is a 501c3 non-profit that provides education and outreach programs for pre-collegiate students and the public for over fourteen years.

Go ahead and treat yourself to a long weekend of learning and fun with others who share a passion for the Maya culture and discovery. Seating is limited so register online or call today to secure your spot. Please visit the contact page if you need to contact us with any questions about the conference or need assistance in making travel or hotel arrangements.