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2005-10-11 16:16:36

By Catherine Bremer TACANA, Guatemala (Reuters) - Villagers mourned their dead on Tuesday and sprinkled lime over the mass graves of hundreds buried in huge mudslides, putting a seal on the latest tragedy to hit Guatemala's Maya Indians. At the edge of this town in the high mountains of western Guatemala, rescuers in the hamlet of Cua called off attempts to recover more victims from the mudslide that swallowed two churches, a school and a communal dining room on Thursday. "We pulled...

2005-10-11 06:41:13

By Frank Jack Daniel PANABAJ, Guatemala (Reuters) - Rescuers searching for up to 1,400 people buried when a landslide swept away a Maya Indian village finally gave up on Monday, leaving the victims to lie forever encased in a tomb of thick mud. Five days after a river of mud wiped Panabaj off Guatemala's map, firefighters called off the gruesome and dangerous rescue effort. "We're not going back tomorrow, it's just too contaminated in there," chief firefighter Mario Ramirez told...

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2005-10-04 07:00:00

A thousand years ago, Mayan civilization collapsed. Today, a Space Age "situation room" in Panama is helping Central Americans avoid mistakes that doomed the Maya. Central America, that narrow land bridge between North and South America, represents less than 0.5 percent of Earth's land mass. But it is home to 7 or 8 percent of the world's species of plants and animals. That rain forest home, however, is assaulted by both nature and man: earthquakes, hurricanes, illegal logging and ranching,...

2005-09-28 09:05:00

GUATEMALA -- A Mayan city whose fabulous art has beguiled collectors for decades but whose true location was until now a mystery has been pinpointed in the jungles of northern Guatemala, scientists said on Tuesday. 'Site Q' has been a Holy Grail of archeology ever since an exquisite set of Mayan artworks from the period A.D. 600 to 900 showed up in U.S. and European museums and galleries in the 1970s. Now researchers have found a sculpture at ruins long known as La Corona in Guatemala that...

2005-08-01 16:50:45

MADISON - Clearing -- or perhaps roiling -- the murky and often contentious waters of Mesoamerican archeology, a study of 3,000-year-old pottery provides new evidence that the Olmec may not have been the mother culture after all. Writing this week (Aug. 1, 2005) in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), a team of scientists led by University of Wisconsin-Madison archeologist James B. Stoltman presents new evidence that shows the Olmec, widely regarded as the creators of...

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2005-03-20 10:30:00

NASA -- What do Stonehenge, Mayan pyramids, and a spacecraft a million miles away have in common? They're linked by a human need to explore and understand the Sun, moon, planets, and stars. This year's Sun-Earth Day on March 20 focuses on "Ancient Observatories: Timeless Knowledge" and falls on the vernal equinox when day and night are the same length. Appropriately, NASA and the Exploratorium in San Francisco are focusing on ancient peoples and their fascination with the Sun, which played a...


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  • A landsman who is making his first voyage at sea; a novice who enters naval service from rural life.
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