Merle Greene Robertson was born and raised in Montana, spending her summers in Glacier National Park. After high school, she moved to Seattle and continued her love of the outdoors in the rainforest of the Olympic Peninsula. All of this prepared Merle for her time spent in the
the Maya jungle and her fearless attitude toward the forest.
Merle majored in architecture and design, with a minor in anthropology, receiving her BA from San Francisco State, her MFA from the University of Guanajuato in Mexico, and her Doctorate from Tulane University in Louisiana.
Merle Greene Robertson has written over
8 books and
is a contributor to over 100 other books and archaeological publications.
Her most famous books are the 4-volume set: The Sculpture of Palenque, published by Princeton University Press.
In an interview, Merle Greene explained how she uses Japanese handmade papers of different types and weights. An eight-foot stela with deep relief demands a paper of sufficient strength to withstand the stretch and pull caused by the deep cuts. A delicately lined tablet, such as that of the "Panel of the 96 Hieroglyphs" at Palenque, needs a fine-grained, yet strong paper to bring out the detail.
Merle Greene builds up gradually each of her Rubbing's details from light to dark.
As many as one hundred applications per square inch may be needed to
built up her fine pigment layers.
Dr. Merle Greene's "Rubbings" immaculate detailed artwork
continues to help scholars study in depth ancient Mayan art through
reliefs found in a vast list of
Mayan temple stones. Her
commitment to working only with original
Mayan carved stones, she
never works with relief stones that have been "restored" with
improved additions, has made her work a Mayan scholars true gem.
During the 1990s, Merle Greene R. worked in many Old Chichen
stone carvings and
stayed at her beloved Hacienda Chichen,
located a mist
Chichen Itza's majestic Mayan temples. Scholars
all over the world assist her in the large task of preparing the
paper for each rubbing as well as caring for her safety.
Chichen Itza, Yucatan, Mexico, on 12th December 2005, the Hacienda Chichen Resort inaugurated Dr. Merle Greene's Maya Rubbings Museum
and Gallery, exhibiting her elegant private collection of Mayan
Rubbings. The museum
is open to the Hacienda Chichen guests and visitors of this unique
green boutique hotel, truly Yucatan's best Eco-Spa Wellness
Destination and Mexico's top Mayan Eco-Spa Resorts.
Staying in her own
Master Suite and Cottage, brings great joy to her; she
personally chose the cottage and decor. During her long fieldtrip
visits, she enjoys fine dinner parties and the tranquil ambiance of
her suite's sitting area surrounded by her favorite fruit bearing trees. At night
Merle enjoys the
Hacienda Chichen's life guitar trio music and a traditional "Lima
Soup". Pampered with the caring hospitality of the staff, Merle has
a true difficult leaving her unique beautiful home away from home.
Merle Greene's great personal dedication to the Maya has yield an
amazing contribution to the study of Maya art and academic investigation of the
Maya culture. Her painstaking recording of Maya carvings
continues helping thousands of scholars and research teams' study
the Maya civilization.
For more information about Merle, visit the following websites:
Merle Greene Robertson article
at Yucatan Adventure online magazine.
Tribute to Merle Green Robertson
at Mesoweb online archaeological magazine
Doyenne of Mayanists by Tom Gidwitz
In July 2008, Dr. Merle Greene celebrated her 95th Birthday
Weekend Party at Hacienda Chichen with her family and friends. You
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