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 Dr. Merle Greene Robertson
Brief Biography, art, rubbings, Chichen Itza, Palenque and other ancient Maya sites.
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Celebrating Merle Greene Robertson - Hacienda Chichen Resort Private Art Museum & Gallery   Merle Greene Robertson has long been recognized as an extraordinary female and archaeologist.  Since the 1960's, Merle has been seriously engaged in recording the relief sculpture stones of ancient Maya sites in Chichen Itza, Palenque, and Central America by using her own unique technique of making “Rubbings.”  Her work has helped broaden the understanding of the Maya Civilization and contributed to the increase studies of ancient Maya sites and the Maya Cosmo-vision.

   During the 1970's, Merle established the Pre-Colombian Art Research Institute at Palenque to promote the study of ancient Maya Civilization; the institute has a library of more than 6000 volumes, a research facility for scholars, and a special place for scientific institutions. Her “Round Tables at Palenque” earned her the respect and love of many Maya scholars and contributed to the unification of academic criteria about the Maya cultural legacy.Yucatan Gobernor's Recognition Award Dinner Party to Merle Greene, Merida Yucatan, Mexico

   Her academic achievements are too many to number. An Associate at the Middle American Research Institute of Tulane University; she was awarded in 1987 the honorary degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by Tulane.  She also was awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle, by the President of Mexico; and in 2002, a unique medal of honor for the years she has dedicated to recording the Maya stones and carvings in Chichen Itza and other Maya sites in Yucatan, Mexico.

   Dr. Merle Greene Robertson's rubbings have been displayed at the Museum of Primitive Art in New York, the New Orleans Museum of Art, and in many other museums. Today at Chichen Itza, Dr. Merle Greene’s original Rubbings Collection is exhibit permanently at the Merle Greene Gallery museum, named after her, at Hacienda Chichen Resort.  This unique exhibit is open daily from 5pm to 9pm to all guests and visitors to the property.Merle Greene at Old Chichen during her stay at Hacienda Chichen, Yucatan, Mexico

   Dr. Merle Greene R. still stays at the Hacienda Chichen Resort during her yearly fieldtrips to Chichen Itza in her lovely Master Suite, dedicated to her and especially designed to meet her needs.  The past few years, she has dedicated her time and work to Old Chichen’s temples, recording with her Rubbing technique many of the wonderful carvings found in the temples that have been reconstructed by INAH in recent years.  She enjoys working with young scholars and getting friends to join her during her summer stays at Chichen Itza.

  Dr. Merle Greene celebrated her 95th Birthday in company of her beloved family and friends this July 2008 at Hacienda Chichen, a birthday party that lasted two days with a great welcome cocktail, a Mexican piñata party and a farewell luncheon at the Hacienda Chichen veranda.   In 2011, Merle pass away leaving us all with the great gift of her joy for life and passion for the Maya Culture. She will always be remember as one of the most influential Maya scholars of our days.

   A great writer and scholar, she had many volumes of wonderful information published about Palenque and a complete CD collection of her Rubbings.  Now you can buy her published memoirs "Never in Fear."  The book is part of the permanent book collection of the Hacienda Chichen Library; to book her exquisite Master Suite when visiting Chichen Itza, contact  Hacienda Chichen

    If you are interested in learning more about Dr. Merle Greene Robertson's books and work, we recommend you visit these links:


Follow this link to buy a copy of her memoirs Never in Fear.

PARI : www.mesoweb.com/pari/index.html  

Her Rubbings and work: www.mesoweb.com/rubbings

University of Tulane: www.lal.tulane.edu/rubbings.html

Dr. Merle Greene Gallery:  www.haciendachichen.com/museum.htm

A brief  biography:  www.haciendachichen.com/archaeologists.htm

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