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2010-07-17 09:35:00

A team of archaeologists led by Stephen Houston has discovered a royal tomb in Guatemala, filled with materials that have been preserved for approximately 1,600 years A well-preserved tomb of an ancient Mayan king has been discovered in Guatemala by a team of archaeologists led by Brown University's Stephen Houston. The tomb is packed with of carvings, ceramics, textiles, and the bones of six children, who may have been sacrificed at the time of the king's death. The team uncovered the...

2010-07-15 12:04:00

LOS ANGELES, July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Maya Indie Film Series will launch its second annual eight-city tour in Dallas on July 23. The series, which debuted last summer, will bring six critically acclaimed, Latino-themed films to the top eight U.S. markets: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Washington D.C., San Jose, and San Diego. The series will spend seven days in each city starting in Dallas, TX on July 23. This will be followed by Washington D.C. on July 30, New...

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2010-05-28 10:00:00

An innovative bicycle-powered water pump, created by a student at the University of Sheffield, has proved a huge success and is now in regular production in Guatemala, transforming the lives of rural residents. Jon Leary, 24, a MEng student in the University´s Department of Mechanical Engineering, took his bicycle machine design from a Steel City drawing board to the heart of Guatemala as part of his dissertation, which required him to `make something useful out of...

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2010-05-18 11:07:09

On Monday, archaeologists in southern Mexico announced they have found a 2,700-year-old tomb of a dignitary inside a pyramid that may be the oldest type of burial documented in Mesoamerica. The tomb held a man believed to be aged at about 50 who was buried with jade collars, pyrite and obsidian artifacts and ceramic vessels.  Archaeologists Emiliano Gallaga said the tomb dates between 500 and 700 B.C. Gallaga told the Associated Press (AP) that based on the layers in which it was found...

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2010-05-11 12:15:45

Laser beams penetrating thick canopy detect thousands of new structures, show Maya adept at 'building green' A flyover of Belize's thick jungles has revolutionized archaeology worldwide and vividly illustrated the complex urban centers developed by one of the most-studied ancient civilizations -- the Maya. University of Central Florida researchers led a NASA-funded research project in April 2009 that collected the equivalent of 25 years worth of data in four days. Aboard a Cessna 337, LiDAR...

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2010-05-04 14:38:57

A water feature found in the Maya city of Palenque, Mexico, is the earliest known example of engineered water pressure in the new world, according to a collaboration between two Penn State researchers, an archaeologist and a hydrologist. How the Maya used the pressurized water is, however, still unknown. "Water pressure systems were previously thought to have entered the New World with the arrival of the Spanish," the researchers said in a recent issue of the Journal of Archaeological...

2010-04-27 06:03:00

RIVIERA MAYA, Mexico, April 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Once a sleepy fishing village, the Riviera Maya, celebrating its eighth annual Jazz Festival, is quickly becoming what Conde Nast deemed "Mexico's most fashionable getaway." Nestled between the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea and emerald jungles of the Yucatan Peninsula, the Riviera Maya is proud to announce an acclaimed line-up of internationally-renowned jazz musicians at the highly-anticipated 2010 Jazz Festival to be held November...

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2010-04-14 13:10:22

They were illiterate farmers, builders and servants, but Maya commoners found a way to record their own history "“ by burying it within their homes. A new study of the objects embedded in the floors of homes occupied more than 1,000 years ago in central Belize begins to decode their story. The study, from University of Illinois anthropology professor Lisa J. Lucero, appears in the Journal of Social Archaeology. Maya in the Classic period (A.D. 250-900) regularly "terminated" their...

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2010-01-28 12:22:42

An 1,100 year old Mayan tomb, discovered by Mexican archaeologists during maintenance work last December, may shed light on what happened to the Mayan civilization, according to an Associated Press report. The tomb, which had ceramics from another culture inside of it, may help archaeologists determine who occupied the Mayan site of Tonina after the ancient civilization began fading. There is speculation of either internal warfare between Mayan cities or environmental degradation being the...

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2010-01-26 13:12:58

In Guatemala, archeologists have discovered a Mayan sculpture head that could prove that the little-known site in the Peten region may have once been a city, according to a recent Reuters report. The stucco sculpture, which stands 11.5 feet tall and is 10 feet wide, was buried close to the border with Belize for centuries at the Chilonche ruins. This discovery could mean that the site is much older than previously thought because Mayans constructed new buildings by using older ones as...


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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