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mayan drought
2015-04-21 07:18:23

It must have been a time of great hardship and struggle for the ancient Maya civilization. The land was parched and dry as the devastating effects of climate change on brought a great drought. New research has shown that, despite attempts to adapt to the changes, Mayan culture finally collapsed between 800 and 950 A.D.

Archaeologists Unearth Stone Monument Detailing 'Dark Period' In Maya History
2013-07-18 09:21:44

Archaeologists have uncovered a "dark period" in Maya history while tunneling beneath the main temple of El Peru-Waka', an ancient Maya city in northern Guatemala, according to cultural officials in that country.

Digging Deep For Clues On The Origins Of The Maya Civilization
2013-04-26 05:57:15

A new study led by the University of Arizona suggests the origins of the Mayan civilization are more complex than previously thought, challenging the two prevailing theories.

Teotihuacans Used Make-up To Honor Their Dead After Exhuming Their Body
2013-01-09 14:40:33

In collaboration with the National University of Mexico, a team of Spanish researchers has analyzed for the first time remains of cosmetics in the graves of prehispanic civilizations on the American continent.

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

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.

2012-09-18 23:00:42

By celebrating Thanksgiving with a turkey dinner, the Maya of Belize are continuing a tradition that goes back for centuries before the birth of Christ, and this will be reflected on the menu

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

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.

Archaeological Treasure Trove Of Bones Found In Mexican Burial Site
2012-08-08 14:03:10

Archeologists working at a site in Mexico said they have found an unprecedented burial site where a young woman’s remains are surrounded by stacks of over 1,700 bones.

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

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.


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Lumholtz's Tree-kangaroo, Dendrolagus lumholtzi
2013-01-18 14:22:16

Image Caption: Dendrolagus lumholtzi. Credit: Joseph Smit/Wikipedia Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo (Dendrolagus lumholtzi) can be found in the Atherton Tableland Region in Queensland. It prefers a habitat within secondary rainforests, but can be found on the edges of eucalypt forests. Its scientific and common names were given in honor of Carl Sofus Lumholtz, a Norwegian explorer. Lumholtz's tree-kangaroo can reach an average body length between 1.5 and 2.1 feet with tail length of up to 2.4...

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Word of the Day
sudarium
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.