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Recent discovery adds to our understanding of ancient Maya civilization.
September 13, 2016 · Be The First To Comment

When Europeans set foot on the shores of the New World, one of the most advanced civilizations they encountered was that of the ancient Maya. With a past spanning close to three millennia, the Maya lived in what is now southern Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and parts of El Salvador and Honduras. Most of their descendants […]

Debunking doomsday? Curator of Anthropology Dirk Van Tuerenhout on the real history of the Maya
November 29, 2012 · 5 Comments

One of the most vexing questions that seems to torment a whole lot of people these days is: “do I need to buy Christmas gifts this year?” A lot has been made of the Maya calendar, its end on December 21 this year, and the end of the world as we know it. But the […]

Modern Maya, flying kites and Day of the Dead celebrations.
October 27, 2011 · 1 Comment

Volcan de Agua (Photo by Dirk Van Tuerenhout) In the Highlands of Guatemala, about 15 miles north of the city of Antigua, great things are about to happen on November 1st. Every year, on this day, there is a celebration known as the Feria del Barrilete Gigante, or the Giant Kite Festival. Sumpango and Santiago […]

2012: Did the Maya Predict an Apocalypse?
May 5, 2011 · 2 Comments

For the last 2 years, the Astronomy Department of the Houston Museum of Natural Science has searched and researched Maya ruins and writings for connections between the Mayan calendar and the ability of Maya astronomers to predict future events. To record the passage of time, the Maya developed a 260-day ritual cycle, made up of […]



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