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2013-07-02 23:26:38

Throughout Mexico’s Yucatan Peninsula, an area filled with ancient Mayan temples, ruins, and ethnic traditions, this past week’s summer solstice of 2013 took on a different significance with the simultaneous occurrence of the "Super Moon." At Hotel Xixim (http://www.hotelxixim.com), a Mayan style retreat resort located on the white sand beaches of the Celestun Biosphere Reserve, guests and employees alike arose before dawn to view the celestial show. Celestun, Yucatan (PRWEB)...

Chichen Itza Had Mayan Observatory
2012-10-07 08:49:48

April Flowers for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Archaeologists in Mexico have determined the ancient Mayas observed equinoxes and solstices using the watchtower-like structures built atop the ceremonial ball court at the temples of Chichen Itza. This discovery adds to understanding the many layers of ritual significance the ball game had for the Maya culture. The Mayas played an early version of basketball in the court, using their elbows, knees and hips to knock a heavy...

Evidence Of Earlier Turkey Domestication In Mayan Culture
2012-08-10 07:16:02

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Turkeys were domesticated more than 1,000 years earlier than previously believed, says a new study from the University of Florida, published online in PLoS ONE this week. Turkeys are one of the most widely consumed birds worldwide, and the discovery of turkey bones in an ancient Mayan archaeological site in Guatemala provides evidence of domestication and the earliest evidence of the Mexican Turkey in the Maya world. Domestication...

Mayan Mask Reveals Beliefs At El Zotz Site
2012-07-19 06:28:20

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online A team of archaeologists has uncovered a temple near part of the Maya archaeological site at El Zotz, Guatemala. The structure was likely built after the tomb to honor the leader buried there. The team, led by Brown University´s Stephen Houston, began uncovering the temple, called the Temple of the Night Sun, in 2009. The ornately decorated structure is topped by a temple covered in a series of masks depicting different...

Research Reveals Water Management And Climate Change In Ancient Maya City
2012-02-22 04:12:24

[ Watch the Video ] The findings inside a cave and a key cultural and religious center for the ancient Maya will be presented at the annual meeting of the Association of American Geographers in New York. Meticulous mapping and excavations at an ancient cave in the Yucatan Peninsula are revealing the vitality of the site to the ancient Maya — for both religious ritual and human survival. The University of Cincinnati research will be a key topic of discussion on Feb. 24, at the...