Latest Stephen Houston Stories

Mayan Temple Unearthed, Gives Peak At The Past
2012-07-25 07:50:23

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A new Mayan temple is starting to appear as archaeologists unearth an area that once housed a culture rich with art, architecture and mathematics. In 2010, archaeologists working on a hilltop near the ancient city center discovered the 45-foot-tall Diablo Pyramid, featuring a royal palace and tomb up top. The archaeologists believe that the tomb holds the city's first ruler, who lived around A.D. 350 to 400. While uncovering this...

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

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online 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. The team, led by Brown University´s Stephen Houston, began uncovering the temple, called the Temple of the Night Sun, in 2009. The ornately decorated structure is topped by a temple covered in a series of masks depicting different...

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...

2008-09-23 15:00:12

By Karen Lee Ziner The professor is one of 25 people nationwide receiving a $500,000, no-strings-attached fellowship. PROVIDENCE -- Archaeologist Stephen Houston deciphers hieroglyphics to peer into past worlds and "disappeared mentalities," into the dreams and souls of the Maya and other ancient civilizations. The Brown University professor has for years spent rainy seasons leading excavations in remote areas of Guatemala and Mexico, unearthing monuments and structures, then decoding...

2006-09-14 16:10:00

WASHINGTON - It's more than idle doodling and the meaning is unclear. But there's one thing researchers are sure of: The insect, ear of corn, inverted fish and other symbols inscribed on an ancient stone slab is the earliest known writing in the Western Hemisphere. The arrangement and pattern of the symbols suggest the ancient Olmec civilization was using written language roughly three centuries earlier than previously proposed. "We are dealing with the first, clear evidence of writing in the...

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