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2009-10-31 11:40:00

Scuba divers are investigating the bottom of a volcanic lake in Guatemala to search for clues about a prehistoric island where Mayan pilgrims traveled to revere their gods before it was submerged by water. Samabaj, the first archaeological ruins found underwater in Guatemala, were found by chance 12 years ago by a diver swimming in Lake Atitlan, surrounded by Mayan villages. "No one believed me, even when I told them all about it. They just said 'he's mad'," laughed Roberto Samayoa, a...

2009-10-20 15:07:00

Examine Evidence of the Catastrophic Prophecies and Current Theories That Suggest an Imminent Doomsday Is Not Impossible Timed With Major Hollywood Release of "2012," 2012: Countdown to Armageddon Premieres Sunday, November 8, 2009, at 8 PM ET/PT WASHINGTON, Oct. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- What if the Maya were right about the end of humanity as we know it? Would floods destroy the nation's capital and Los Angeles slide into the Pacific? That's how Hollywood is interpreting the end of the...

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2009-10-07 07:59:30

For 1200 years, the Maya dominated Central America. At their peak around 900 A.D., Maya cities teemed with more than 2,000 people per square mile -- comparable to modern Los Angeles County. Even in rural areas the Maya numbered 200 to 400 people per square mile. But suddenly, all was quiet. And the profound silence testified to one of the greatest demographic disasters in human prehistory -- the demise of the once vibrant Maya society. What happened? Some NASA-funded researchers think they...

2009-09-09 12:24:38

A University of Illinois archaeologist says she will lead a team that will be the first to explore the sacred pools of the southern Mayan lowlands in Belize. Professor Lisa Lucero said she will lead a team of expert divers, a geochemist and an archaeologist in the expedition, funded by the National Geographic Society, to investigate the cultural significance and environmental history and condition of three of the 23 pools of Cara Blanca, in central Belize. The groundwater-filled sinkholes in...

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2009-07-22 17:25:00

"From our research we have learned that the Maya were deliberately conserving forest resources," says David Lentz, a professor of biological sciences at the University of Cincinnati and executive director of the Cincinnati Center for Field Studies. "Their deliberate conservation practices can be observed in the wood they used for construction and this observation is reinforced by the pollen record."The UC team is the first North American team allowed to work at the Tikal site core in northern...

2009-06-29 10:41:00

TECHNOLOGY DESIGN AND INNOVATION LAB RANKED 16 OUT OF 25 COMPANIES PITTSBURGH, June 29 /PRNewswire/ -- MAYA Design, a leading technology design and innovation lab, is one of America's best companies to work for in small business, according to the Great Place to Work Institute, ranking number 16 out of a total of 25 companies. The rankings, which were unveiled at a ceremony held today at the Society for Human Resource Management Annual Conference in New Orleans, marks MAYA Design's first...

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2009-06-16 12:20:00

A University of Colorado at Boulder team has uncovered an ancient and previously unknown Maya agricultural system -- a large manioc field intensively cultivated as a staple crop that was buried and exquisitely preserved under a blanket of ash by a volcanic eruption in present-day El Salvador 1,400 years ago.Evidence shows the manioc field -- at least one-third the size of a football field -- was harvested just days before the eruption of the Loma Caldera volcano near San Salvador in roughly...

2009-03-24 05:30:00

LOS ANGELES, March 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Maya Entertainment, the Latino-owned film entertainment company that brought "How the Garcia Girls Spent Their Summer" to the big screen, is teaming up with Blockbuster Inc., a leading global provider of in-home movie and game entertainment, to support the growing Latino filmmaking industry in the U.S. and spotlight quality examples of its work. Together, the companies are presenting two programs. The first is Maya Independent sponsored by...

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2009-03-14 14:15:00

Archaeologists have unearthed stucco panels carved with images of cosmic gods, monsters and serpents in the northern jungles of Guatemala.  The two panels, each 26 feet long and stacked on top of each other, were created around 300 BC and are the oldest known depictions of a notorious Mayan legend, the Popol Vuh.It took investigators excavating El Mirador three months to uncover the carvings, said Richard Hansen, the site's lead researcher, during an interview with Reuters on Wednesday....

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2009-03-12 11:31:49

Archeologists in Guatemala's northern jungle have uncovered carved stucco panels from the Mayan civilization that depict cosmic monsters, gods and serpents that are the oldest known depictions of a famous Mayan creation myth, Reuters reported. Experts believe the panels were created around 300 BC and show scenes from the core Mayan mythology, the Popol Vuh.  Both panels are 26 feet long and stacked on top of each other. The site's head researcher, Richard Hansen, said on Wednesday that...