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Blood Sport in Ancient America 5/14/2014

Imagine two teams of athletes competing against each other on a large court with a fast-moving, solid rubber ball. Spectators cheer as players on each side of the court are battered, bloodied, and sometimes even killed by the ball or by each other. Ultimately, the captain of the defeated team is beheaded! Though it may sound like a modern video game, the ‘rubber ball game’ was a real blood sport played for some 3,000 years in what is now Central America. Burley native, Dr. John E. Clark will talk about it at the next Herrett Forum at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 14.

            Clark, a professor at Brigham Young University, is a noted expert on Mesoamerican archaeology and culture having studied the area extensively since the mid-1970’s. His Herrett Forum presentation, ‘Blood Sport in Ancient America,’ chronicles the ancient rubber ball game up through our modern-day obsession with often violent competitive sports.

The Herrett Forum is a monthly series of presentations generally held the third Wednesday evening of each month during the school year. Topics are coordinated by the Herrett Forum Committee, a group of community individuals dedicated to bringing high quality presentations to Twin Falls. No tickets are required for this free public lecture. Doors open at 7 p.m. The Herrett Center for Arts and Science is located on the north side of the College of Southern Idaho campus at the North College Road entrance.

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