Altar, worship house and sacred sundial—to ancient Maya, natural wells called cenotes were all these and more. Diving in a cenote near Chichén Itzá, photographer Paul Nicklen snaps pictures of National Geographic Emerging Explorer and underwater archaeologist Guillermo de Anda as he explores an otherworld strewn with Maya offerings, from pottery to human bones.
An entire Maya city full of pyramids and palatial complexes has been discovered in a remote jungle in southeastern Mexico, archaeologists report.Covered in thick vegetation, the ruins were found in Campeche, a province in the western Yucatán peninsula that’s littered with Maya complexes and artifacts. The newfound site is dubbed Chactún, and it stretches over roughly 54 acres (22 hectares). Researchers think the city was occupied during the Late Classic Maya period, from roughly A.D. 600 until A.D. 900, when the civilization mysteriously collapsed. . . . Read Complete Report
Oldest Maya Sun Observatory Hints at Origin of Civilization
Stephanie Pappas, LiveScience Senior Writer
Date: 25 April 2013 Time: 02:01 PM ET
…”The finding at a site called Ceibal suggests that the origins of the Maya civilization are more complex than first believed. Archaeologists hotly debate whether the Maya — famous for their complex calendar system that spurred apocalypse rumors last year — developed independently or whether they were largely inspired by an earlier culture known as the Olmec. The new research suggests the answer is neither.” . . . Read Complete Report
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While doomsayers are predicting the end of the world nine days from now, there is an exclusive group of adolescents who are too busy celebrating to notice them.
They are the children born on Dec. 12, 2000. They are celebrating their 12th birthdays today — the 12th day of the 12th month of 2012.
This triple-12 date has inspired everything from a “12-12-12” fundraiser for Hurricane Sandy victims by celebrities at New York’s Madison Square Garden, to a “Maya Marriage of Many” on Mayan ruins in Belize.
According to the organizers of the group wedding – featuring 12 couples, of course – the ancient Mayans considered 12 a number of strength, conviction, absoluteness and finality. . . . Read Complete Report
ScienceDaily (Nov. 12, 2012) — After emerging sometime before 1000 BC, the Maya rose to become the most advanced Pre-Columbian society in the Americas, thriving in jungle cities of tens of thousands of people, such as the one in Guatemala’s Tikal National Park. But after reaching its peak between 250 and 900 AD, the Maya civilization began to wane and exactly why has been an enduring mystery to scientists.
Writing in the Nov.-Dec. issue of theSoil Science of America Journal(SSSA-J), an interdisciplinary team led by Richard Terry, a Brigham Young University soil scientist, now describes its analysis of maize agriculture in the soils of Tikal . . . . Read Complete Report
Evidence of the miserable life lived by the Maya during the Spanish conquest of the 16th century has emerged in an ancient settlement of Mexico’s east coast, as archaeologists unearthed dozens of infant skeletons with signs of malnutrition and acute anemia.
Found in the recently opened archaeological site of San Miguelito, in the middle of the hotel chain area of Quintana Roo, near Cancun, the human burials were excavated within 11 housing buildings dating to the Late Postclassic Mayan Period (1200 – 1550). . . . Read Complete Report
3:22PM EST November 15. 2012 – A $15 million museum has opened in Cancun, just in time for the end of the world.
If some interpretations of the Mayan calendar are correct, the world will come to a screeching halt Dec. 21. So consider the debut of Cancun’s Maya Museum not only a tribute to the ancient civilization that once occupied this part of Mexico and beyond, but a vote of confidence that the sun will rise on Dec. 22. . . . Read Complete Report
ScienceDaily (Oct. 3, 2012) — Archaeologists in Guatemala have discovered the tomb of Lady K’abel, a seventh-century Maya Holy Snake Lord considered one of the great queens of Classic Maya civilization.
The tomb was discovered during excavations of the royal Maya city of El Perú-Waka’ in northwestern Petén, Guatemala, by a team of archaeologists led by Washington University in St. Louis’ David Freidel, co-director of the expedition. . . . Read Complete Report
WUSTL archaeologist David Freidel, PhD, professor of anthropology in Arts & Sciences, was part of a team that discovered the tomb of Lady K’abel, a seventh-century Maya Holy Snake Lord considered one of great queens of Classic Maya civilization. . . . Text posted with video at youtube
I have long maintained that the Turkey should be the United States official bird as opposed to the Eagle. After, all it was the meat of the turkey that filled the bellies of the first European raiders in the country. The Eagle was picked because it represents power . . . aggressive power, but the turkey was, without argument the first most important American bird to the first settlers. . .EDITOR
ScienceDaily (Aug. 8, 2012) — A new University of Florida study shows the turkey, one of the most widely consumed birds worldwide, was domesticated more than 1,000 years earlier than previously believed.
Researchers say discovery of the bones from an ancient Mayan archaeological site in Guatemala provides evidence of domestication, usually a significant mark of civilization, and the earliest evidence of the Mexican turkey in the Maya world. The study appears online inPLoS ONE.
The discovery of the turkey bones is significant because the Maya did not use a lot of domesticated animals. . . . Read Complete Report
In this special Thanksgiving episode, Nevin and Brandon tell the story of how the turkey almost became The United States of America’s national bird instead of the bald eagle (if Ben Franklin would have had his way that is). . . Text posted with video