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2011-04-14 15:13:32

Archaeologists have made the first three-dimensional topographical map of ancient monumental buildings long buried under centuries of jungle at the Maya site "Head of Stone" in Guatemala. The map puts into 3-D perspective the location and size of Head of Stone's many buildings and architectural patterns, which are typical of Maya sites: 70-foot-tall "triadic pyramid," an astronomical observatory, a ritual ball court, numerous plazas and also residential mounds that would have been the homes...

2011-03-29 13:46:05

The research, an ongoing project involving a multidisciplinary team of University of Cincinnati researchers, will be presented at the annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology. University of Cincinnati research is investigating why a highly sophisticated civilization decided to build large, bustling cities next to what is essentially swampland. The research by UC Geography Professor Nicholas Dunning, a three-year, interdisciplinary project including David Lentz, professor of...

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2011-03-28 09:45:31

By M.B. Reilly, University of Cincinnati UC researchers are strongly represented among the hundreds of presentations at the upcoming Society for American Archaeology meeting. In fact, one entire symposium session is dedicated to groundbreaking UC research on the agroforestry and water management of the ancient Maya. Thousands of international researchers will attend the March 29-April 3 Society for American Archaeology (SAA) annual meeting in Sacramento, Calif., presenting research at more...

2011-02-04 00:59:34

A new, detailed record of rainfall fluctuations in ancient Mexico that spans more than twelve centuries promises to improve our understanding of the role drought played in the rise and fall of pre-Hispanic civilizations. Prior evidence has indicated that droughts could have been key factors in the fates of major cultures in ancient Mexico and Central America (Mesoamerica). But there have been many gaps in the paleoclimate record, such as the exact timing and geographic extension of some...

2011-01-24 14:03:00

The first-ever 3D recording of a Maya site, voted part of the 'New Seven Wonders of the World' EMERYVILLE, Calif., Jan. 24, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This week a new archaeological data archive and web-based collaborative learning tool launches to provide researchers, educators, filmmakers and digital heritage enthusiasts with the most complete data to date of any ancient Maya site. The archive centerpiece is a priceless 3D record of the ancient Maya city of Chichen Itza, recently...

2010-11-12 07:55:00

PITTSBURGH, Nov. 12, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- MAYA Design, a technology design and innovation lab, has announced the appointment of Susan Zelicoff as director of business development for research. Zelicoff will lead MAYA's continuing efforts to build a pool of research opportunities in both the government and commercial sectors, based on MAYA's human-centered design approach. "Susan's depth of experience in new product and service development, strategic planning, and technology transfer will...

2010-09-08 14:45:00

PITTSBURGH, Sept. 8 /PRNewswire/ -- MAYA Design, a leading technology design and innovation lab, was recognized today as #22 on The 7th Annual Great Place to Work® Rankings: 2010 Best Small & Medium Workplaces Presented by Entrepreneur Media. The list, narrowed down from over 400 nominated companies, represents the best Workplaces separated into two categories: small companies with less than 250 employees and medium companies with 251-999 employees. Great Place to...

2010-08-30 11:46:00

PITTSBURGH, Aug. 30 /PRNewswire/ -- MAYA Design, a leading technology design and innovation lab, is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Kiliany as director of development, Interstacks and engineering fellow. Kiliany will lead the development of MAYA's Interstacks technology, created to interconnect and control the increasing number of common products, services and environments that contain microprocessors. Previously, Kiliany founded iKnowthat.com, a developer of Web-hosted...

2010-08-18 11:52:00

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Aug. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- The Orbeez(TM) Magic Maker has quickly become one of the top-selling toys in advance of the holiday season. Less than two weeks after the brand-new Orbeez line arrived at stores, the Orbeez Magic Maker has reached the #1 spot in the activity toys category, prompting retailers to try and secure additional inventory in advance of the holiday season. The popular new Orbeez magically grow 100 times their original volume in water. The versatile...

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2010-07-26 10:40:00

Steering clear of crocodiles and navigating around massive submerged trees, a team of divers began mapping some of the 25 freshwater pools of Cara Blanca, Belize, which were important to the ancient Maya. In three weeks this May, the divers found fossilized animal remains, bits of pottery and "“ in the largest pool explored "“ an enormous underwater cave. This project, led by University of Illinois anthropology professor Lisa Lucero and funded by the National Geographic Society...


Word of the Day
cock-a-hoop
  • Exultant; jubilant; triumphant; on the high horse.
  • Tipsy; slightly intoxicated.
This word may come from the phrase 'to set cock on hoop,' or 'to drink festively.' Its origin otherwise is unclear. A theory, according to the Word Detective, is that it's a 'transliteration of the French phrase 'coq a huppe,' meaning a rooster displaying its crest ('huppe') in a pose of proud defiance.' Therefore, 'cock-a-hoop' would 'liken a drunken man to a boastful and aggressive rooster.'
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