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  • Ancient Maya Cities Found in Jungle

    08/16/2014 9:23:35 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 24 replies
    discovery.com ^ | Aug 15, 2014 12:01 PM ET // by | Rossella Lorenzi
    Sprajc and his team found the massive remains as they further explored the area around Chactun, a large Maya city discovered by the Slovenian archaeologist in 2013. No other site has so far been located in this area, which extends over some 1800 square miles, between the so-called Rio Bec and Chenes regions, both known for their characteristic architectural styles fashioned during the Late and Terminal Classic periods, around 600 - 1000 A.D. One of the cities featured an extraordinary facade with an entrance representing the open jaws of an earth monster. The site was actually visited in the 1970s...
  • Maya Angelou dead at 86

    WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Award-winning author, renowned poet and civil rights activist Dr. Maya Angelou has died. She was 86. Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines confirmed Angelou was found by her caretaker on Wednesday morning.
  • Digging Up the Past (Polanyi redistribution paradigm disproven)

    12/27/2013 11:19:30 AM PST · by Vigilanteman · 10 replies
    Life Sciences Magazine ^ | Fall/Winter 2013 | Dr. Richard Terry
    What started out as a convenient collaboration between Dr. Richard Terry, professor of soil science at BYU, and a group of BYU archaeologists, soon became a groundbreaking discovery. Trough the combined efforts of Dr. Terry, Dr. Bruce Dahlin from Howard University, their students, and archaeologists from around the world, they were able to disprove the long-held belief that the Maya depended on the elite class to tax and redistribute their food and other goods. After receiving a collaborative research grant from the National Science Foundation, Terry and his students met up with Bruce Dahlin and his students at the huge...
  • Lost Mayan city discovered in Mexican jungle..but will find shed light on civilization's collapse

    06/24/2013 12:11:26 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 8 replies
    * Archaeologists have found an ancient Mayan city they named Chactun - meaning 'Red Rock' or 'Large Rock' * The heavily-forested area has been hidden deep in the Mexican jungle for more than 1,000 years * Chactun likely had its heyday during the late Classic period of Maya civilization between 600 and 900 A.D. * The research team found 15 pyramids, ball courts, plazas and tall, sculpted stone shafts Archaeologists have found an ancient Mayan city that remained hidden for centuries in the rain forests of eastern Mexico; a discovery in a remote nature reserve they hope will yield clues...
  • Bulldozers destroy 3,200-year-old Mayan pyramid in Belize

    05/14/2013 5:32:14 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 25 replies
    Bulldozers and backhoes have essentially destroyed one of Belize's largest Mayan pyramids, which survived millennia of storms, rain and wind only to succumb to a construction company seeking gravel for road fill. The head of the Belize Institute of Archaeology says the destruction was detected late last week, and only a small portion of the center of the pyramid mound was left standing, according to the Associated Press. 7Newsbelize.com, the website for TV channel 7 in the small Caribbean country, accompanied a handful of archaeologists to the site recent.
  • Evidence suggests Maya roots more tangled than previously thought

    04/25/2013 8:11:19 PM PDT · by BenLurkin · 4 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | April 25, 2013, 3:58 p.m. | Eryn Brown,
    In his view, the culture that went on to dominate Mesoamerica until the arrival of Europeans got its start during a power vacuum that lasted for about 200 to 350 years in a period of Olmec rule. That allowed the people who built the ceremonial structure at a site known as Ceibal to interact with others from nearby areas and begin forming a new culture. They probably had influences from as far away as Chiapas and the Pacific Coast, both about 200 miles away. "Ceibal was a part of this major change," Inomata said. Inomata has been working at Ceibal,...
  • Volcanic burial ground allows detailed insight into Maya crops

    04/05/2013 12:11:35 AM PDT · by Renfield · 12 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | 4-2-2013
    David Lentz from the University of Cincinnati focuses on Cerén, a farming village that was smothered under several metres of volcanic ash in the late sixth century.Lentz will present his research, “The Lost World of the Zapotitan Valley: Cerén and its Paleoecological Context,” at the 78th annual meeting of the Society for American Archaeology, held on 3-7 April 2013 in Honolulu. More than 3,000 scientists from around the world attend the event to learn about research covering a broad range of topics and time periods.Cerén, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site known as Joya de Cerén, was discovered in El...
  • History Channel program probes Mayan presence in North Georgia

    12/24/2012 8:48:15 PM PST · by Theoria · 40 replies
    Morris News Service ^ | 21 Dec 2012 | Wayne Ford
    On a recent December morning, Mack Jones hiked a trail bordering the lake at Sandy Creek Park in Athens before he ventured off the path and up a forested ridge. There he showed a group following him a series of mysterious stone terrace walls and rock piles. "It's hidden in plain sight, and it's been that way for the 30 years the park has been here," Jones said. "No one has messed with it and maybe they won't." Jones believes those numerous rock piles - and especially the stone wall terraces lacing the hillside - might constitute evidence that the...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 12-21-12 (Nadin knows Mayan calendars)

    12/21/2012 10:44:50 AM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 39 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | December 21, 2012 | DUmmie nadinbrzezinski, DUmmies, and Charles Henrickson
    Well, it's December 21st. And we're still here. So far. But the day is not over yet. Should we be worried? Whenever there is a subject about which we are not sure, we know there is one place we can turn where we can find out the answers. And that is, to the World's Foremost Authority, the reigning DUmmie Of The Year . . . yes, Know-it-all Nadin Brzezinski. Nadin knows Mayan calendars. Heck, what is there that she DOESN'T know? The DUmmies, amid all their threads about gun control and the fiscal cliff, have spent some time noting...
  • Mayan apocalypse: panic spreads as December 21 nears

    12/07/2012 7:10:55 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 68 replies
    The London Daily Telegraph ^ | December 7, 2012 | Nick Allen, Los Angeles, Malcolm Moore in Beijing and Tom Parfitt in Moscow
    Ahead of December 21, which marks the conclusion of the 5,125-year "Long Count" Mayan calendar, panic buying of candles and essentials has been reported in China and Russia, along with an explosion in sales of survival shelters in America. In France believers were preparing to converge on a mountain where they believe aliens will rescue them. The precise manner of Armageddon remains vague, ranging from a catastrophic celestial collision between Earth and the mythical planet Nibiru, also known as Planet X, a disastrous crash with a comet, or the annihilation of civilisation by a giant solar storm. In America Ron...
  • Maya demand an end to doomsday myth

    10/29/2012 1:59:47 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 29 replies
    Phys.Org ^ | October 25, 2012 | Staff
    Guatemala's Mayan people accused the government and tour groups on Wednesday of perpetuating the myth that their calendar foresees the imminent end of the world for monetary gain. "We are speaking out against deceit, lies and twisting of the truth, and turning us into folklore-for-profit. They are not telling the truth about time cycles," charged Felipe Gomez, leader of the Maya alliance Oxlaljuj Ajpop. Several films and documentaries have promoted the idea that the ancient Mayan calendar predicts that doomsday is less than two months away, on December 21, 2012. The Culture Ministry is hosting a massive event in Guatemala...
  • "Dramatic" New Maya Temple Found, Covered With Giant Faces [ El Zotz ]

    07/22/2012 8:12:13 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 81 replies
    National Geographic News ^ | Friday, July 20, 2012 | Ker Than
    Some 1,600 years ago, the Temple of the Night Sun was a blood-red beacon visible for miles and adorned with giant masks of the Maya sun god as a shark, blood drinker, and jaguar. Long since lost to the Guatemalan jungle, the temple is finally showing its faces to archaeologists, and revealing new clues about the rivalrous kingdoms of the Maya. Unlike the relatively centralized Aztec and Inca empires, the Maya civilization -- which spanned much of what are now Guatemala, Belize, and Mexico's Yucatán region (Maya map) -- was a loose aggregation of city-states. "This has been a growing...
  • Need assistance with Mint Maya

    06/29/2012 4:41:49 PM PDT · by Bikkuri · 21 replies
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    I have been having trouble for the last 2 weeks trying to resolve this issue..
  • Maya archaeologists unearth new 2012 monument

    06/29/2012 7:28:41 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    PHYS.ORG ^ | JUNE 28, 2012 | Provided by Tulane University
    Archaeologists working at the site of La Corona in Guatemala have discovered a 1,300 year-old year-old Maya text that provides only the second known reference to the so-called “end date” for the Maya calendar on December 21, 2012. The discovery, one of the most significant hieroglyphic find in decades, was announced today at the National Palace in Guatemala. “This text talks about ancient political history rather than prophecy,” says Marcello A. Canuto, Director of Tulane’s Middle American Research Institute and co-director of the excavations at the Maya ruins of La Corona. “This new evidence suggests that the 13 Bak’tun date...
  • Painted ancient Maya numbers reflect calendar reaching well beyond 2012 (w/ Video)

    05/14/2012 1:19:34 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 24 replies
    http://phys.org ^ | 10 MAY 2012 | Provided by National Geographic Society
    A vast city built by the ancient Maya and discovered nearly a century ago is finally starting to yield its secrets. Excavating for the first time in the sprawling complex of Xultún in Guatemala’s Petén region, archaeologists have uncovered a structure that contains what appears to be a work space for the town’s scribe, its walls adorned with unique paintings — one depicting a lineup of men in black uniforms — and hundreds of scrawled numbers. Many are calculations relating to the Maya calendar. One wall of the structure, thought to be a house, is covered with tiny, millimeter-thick, red...
  • Nevermind the Apocalypse: Earliest Mayan Calendar Found

    05/10/2012 5:09:38 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Live Science ^ | 05/10/2012 | Stephanie Pappas
    The oldest-known version of the ancient Maya calendar has been discovered adorning a lavishly painted wall in the ruins of a city deep in the Guatemalan rainforest. The hieroglyphs, painted in black and red, along with a colorful mural of a king and his mysterious attendants, seem to have been a sort of handy reference chart for court scribes in A.D. 800 — the astronomers and mathematicians of their day. Contrary to popular myth, this calendar isn't a countdown to the end of the world in December 2012, the study researchers said.
  • Maya Artwork Uncovered In A Guatemalan Forest

    05/13/2012 8:34:28 AM PDT · by Theoria · 19 replies
    NPR ^ | 13 May 2012 | Christopher Joyce
    Conservator Angelyn Bass cleans and stabilizes the surface of a wall of a Mayan house that dates to the ninth century. The figure of a man who may have been the town scribe appears on the wall to her left. Archaeologists working in one of the most impenetrable rain forests in Guatemala have stumbled on a remarkable discovery: a room full of wall paintings and numerical calculations. The buried room apparently was a workshop used by scribes or astronomers working for a Mayan king. The paintings depict the king and members of his court. The numbers mark important periods in...
  • 2012 End-of-the-World Countdown Based On Mayan Calendar Starts Today

    12/21/2011 10:42:38 AM PST · by edpc · 81 replies · 1+ views
    ABC News via Yahoo ^ | 21 Dec 2011 | Suzan Clarke
    The countdown to the apocalypse is on. We're one year away from Dec. 21, 2012, the date that the ancient Mayan Long Count calendar allegedly marked as the end of an era that would reset the date to zero and signal the end of humanity. But will it? There have been many end of times predictions over the years. Christian radio host Harold Camping faced widespread ridicule when his predictions that the world would end twice this year - on May 21, and then on Oct. 21 - failed to materialize. But in the flurry of doomsday predictions - there...
  • Doomsday in 1 Year? Why the World Won't End on Dec 21, 2012

    12/27/2011 4:56:25 AM PST · by Cronos · 20 replies
    Fox news ^ | 26 Dec 2011 | Stephanie Pappas
    A year from today the world will come to an end, according to some who cite the end of the Mayan Long Count calendar as evidence of a Dec. 21, 2012, apocalypse. But both astronomers and experts on Mesoamerican history say the Mayan apocalypse is likely to be another in a long line of failed doomsdaysAccording to the Maya Long Count calendar, the winter solstice of 2012 — Dec. 21, 2012 —is the end of a b'ak'tun, a 144,000-day cycle that has repeated 12 times since the mythical Maya creation date. The b'ak'tun that will end in 2012 is the...
  • Mayans Never Predicted December 2012 Apocalypse, Researchers Say

    12/02/2011 11:46:17 AM PST · by Winstons Julia · 60 replies · 2+ views
    History ^ | 12/2/11 | Staff
    Various Mayan scholars have attempted to debunk this reading, including Sven Gronemeyer of Australia’s La Trobe University, who has studied the Tortugero tablet in great detail. On Wednesday he presented his decoding of the inscription, suggesting that Bolon Yokte’s prophesied appearance on December 21, 2012, represents the start of a new era and not the end of days. Proponents of the apocalyptic interpretation have misunderstood the poorly preserved hieroglyphs, he said.
  • Experts admit second Mayan prediction of 2012 as end of the world

    12/03/2011 11:46:18 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 43 replies
    Digital Journal ^ | November 25, 2011 | JohnThomas Didymus
    Mexico - The Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History have admitted that they have a second reference to the date 2012 as "end of the world" on a carved fragment found at an archaeological site in southern Mexico. Salt Lake Tribune reports that archaeologists have long acknowledged that reference to date 2012 as "end of the world" is found on a stone tablet from the Tortuguero site in the Gulf coast state of Tabasco. But on Thursday, the Mexican National Institute of Anthropology and History announced that there is what appears another reference to the same date in an...
  • 2012 end of the world Cancelled [sure, just when we were having fun]

    05/11/2011 5:54:38 PM PDT · by delacoert · 53 replies
    Recently news has surfaced that claims there was a huge miscalculation in transferring the Mayan long count calendar over to our Gregorian calendar, with out boring you to death, it apears to have something to do with the movements of venus, it all sounds nice till they get to the bottom line. No one knows what the date would be or if it has already come and gone, so if this is to be believed it literally means that the alignment has already taken place or may at anytime going forward, they claim the date of December 21 2012 is...
  • Balloon Boy's Father 'Wanted TV fame Before World Ends In 2012'

    10/20/2009 6:21:58 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 46 replies · 1,173+ views
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | October 20th 2009
    Balloon Boy's Father 'Wanted TV fame Before World Ends In 2012' Richard Heene, the man suspected of the alleged "balloon boy" hoax, was driven by a conviction that the world will come to a cataclysmic end in 2012, according to a friend. Nick Allen in Los Angeles 20 Oct 2009 Robert Thomas, who claims to have been a confidante and researcher for Mr Heene, has been interviewed by police. Mr Thomas's lawyer, Linda Lee, claimed: "Heene believes the world is going to end in 2012. Because of that he wanted to make money quickly, become rich enough to build a...
  • Is the world going to end on December 21, 2012?

    06/19/2009 8:56:33 AM PDT · by truthnomatterwhat · 69 replies · 2,035+ views
    The Voice magazine ^ | Brian Burke
    Signs are evident we are living in a spiritually prophetic age. Many have deep seated questions about our times and are frantically searching for answers wherever they can to find them. Intellectuals are turning to lost civilizations like the Mayans and the ambiguous predictions of Nostradamus to satisfy a need for truth. They’ve even dug up some of old Merlin’s psychic prophesies to learn what he said about the end of the world — we won’t repeat them here. Their conclusion after gathering all the prophetic material: All sources agree, the world will end in 2012. It can’t be a...
  • (2012) Mayans couldn't even see their own End of Days

    12/31/2011 5:36:59 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 66 replies · 1+ views
    Winnipeg Free Press ^ | 12/31/2011 | Staff Writer
    Mayans couldn't even see their own End of Days MY prediction for the year 2012, which I am told begins tomorrow, is that the world will not end. This is despite the belief that the Mayan calendar says that it will. The calendar was devised 5,125 years ago by the Mayans of Central America, a people who never had the wit to invent the wheel, but it runs out on Dec. 21, 2012. The End of Days, so to speak. If, as some seers suggest, thats an accurate prediction, you have less than a year to get your affairs in...
  • Michelle: Bank Sex-Discriminated Against Barack’s Grandmom; VP Gave Barack $480,908 Bank's Stock

    10/03/2011 4:20:02 PM PDT · by opentalk · 51 replies
    CNSnews ^ | October 3, 2011 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    First Lady Michelle Obama said at a fundraiser in Providence, Rhode Island, on Friday night that a bank where Barack Obama’s grandmother had worked discriminated against her for nearly two decades “because she was a woman.”However, the Washington Post reported earlier this year that Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, had been the first female vice president of the Bank of Hawaii. Meanwhile, Barack and Michelle Obamas’ 2009 tax return, posted on the White House website, indicates the Obamas inherited almost $500,000 worth of the bank’s stock from the president’s grandmother.
  • Mamma Maya! 2,000-year-old skeleton of Queen discovered among treasures in rodent-infested tomb

    09/25/2011 6:49:19 AM PDT · by csvset · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 25 sep 2011 | Daily Mail Reporter
    The skeleton of a Maya Queen - with her head mysteriously placed between two bowls - is just one of the treasures found in a 2,000-year-old rodent-infested tomb. Priceless jade gorgets, beads, and ceremonial knives were also discovered in the cavern - which was found underneath a younger 1,300-year-old tomb which also contained a body - in the Guatemalan ruins of Nakum. The two royal burials are the first to be discovered at the site, which was once a densely packed Maya centre.
  • Bowls of Fingers, Baby Victims, More Found in Maya Tomb

    09/25/2011 6:27:22 AM PDT · by Renfield · 59 replies
    National Geographic ^ | 7-21-2010 | John Roach
    Reeking of decay and packed with bowls of human fingers, a partly burned baby, and gem-studded teeth—among other artifacts—a newfound Maya king's tomb sounds like an overripe episode of Tales From the Crypt. But the tightly sealed, 1,600-year-old burial chamber, found under a jungle-covered Guatemalan pyramid, is as rich with archaeological gold as it is with oddities, say researchers who announced the discovery Friday. "This thing was like Fort Knox," said Brown University archaeologist Stephen Houston, who led the excavation in the ancient, overgrown Maya town of El Zotz. Alternating layers of flat stones and mud preserved human bones, wood...
  • Mexico finds 2 sculptures of Mayan warriors

    07/07/2011 7:45:52 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 15 replies
    Yahoo ^ | 7/7/11 | Olga R. Rodreguez - AP
    MEXICO CITY (AP) — Mexican archaeologists have found two 1,300-year-old limestone sculptures of captured Mayan warriors that they say could shed light on the alliances and wars among Mayan cities during the civilization's twilight. The life-size, elaborate sculptures of two warriors sitting cross-legged with hands tied behind their backs were found in May in the archaeological site of Tonina in southern Chiapas state along with two stone ballgame scoreboards. The 5-foot (1.5-meter) tall sculptures have hieroglyphic inscriptions on their loincloths and chest that say the warriors belonged to the city of Copan, archaeologist Juan Yadeun said in a news release...
  • NOAA and partners explore the hidden world of the maritime Maya

    05/24/2011 4:30:37 AM PDT · by Renfield · 7 replies
    NOAA-sponsored explorers are searching a wild, largely unexplored and forgotten coastline for evidence and artifacts of one of the greatest seafaring traditions of the ancient New World, where Maya traders once paddled massive dugout canoes filled with trade goods from across Mexico and Central America. One exploration goal is to discover the remains of a Maya trading canoe, described in A.D. 1502 by Christopher Columbus’ son Ferdinand, as holding 25 paddlers plus cargo and passengers. Through the end of May, the team is exploring the remote jungle, mangrove forests and lagoons at the ancient port site of Vista Alegre (“happy...
  • Obama's half-sister raises birth-certificate doubts

    04/28/2011 7:56:01 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 40 replies
    WND ^ | April 28, 2011 | Bob Unruh
    Claims despite 'adoption' by Indonesian stepfather, it is U.S. 'law' that mattersA statement from Barack Obama's half-sister has at least cast a shadow of doubt on the legitimacy of the "Certificate of Live Birth" document that was released by the White House this week in an attempt to stifle questions about his eligibility, by referencing his apparent adoption by her father, Indonesian Lolo Soetoro. On a Facebook page, Maya Soetoro-Ng wrote to a woman who had met her in Hawaii after Madelyn Dunham, the mother of Stanley Ann Dunham Obama Soetoro and grandmother to both Maya and Barack, passed away...
  • El Mirador, the Lost City of the Maya

    04/23/2011 2:22:26 PM PDT · by Palter · 6 replies
    The Smithsonian Mag ^ | May 2011 | Chip Brown
    Now overgrown by jungle, the ancient site was once the thriving capital of the Maya civilization Had we been traveling overland, it would have taken two or three days to get from the end of the road at Carmelita to El Mirador: long hours of punishing heat and drenching rain, of mud and mosquitoes, and the possibility that the jungle novice in our party (that would be me, not the biologists turned photographers Christian Ziegler and Claudio Contreras) might step on a lethal fer-de-lance or do some witless city thing to provoke a jaguar or arouse the ire of the...
  • His Sister but still no Birth Certificate!

    04/13/2011 6:22:27 AM PDT · by Alaphiah123 · 42 replies
    Creating Orwellian Worldview ^ | 4/13/11 | Alaphiah
    Look at what Donald Trump has caused. Feeling the heat of the resurgence of interest in the possibility that he is ineligible while in office, the president is waging a two-prong attack. First he, MSM and the ruling political class (Democrats and Republicans) are going to discredit and shut-up Donald Trump. Look for it. In the next couple of weeks, Trump will be effectively dealt with much like Ann Coutler was spayed and Glen Beck was neutered regarding the Birth Certificate subject. Likewise Mr. Trump will be afraid to even so much as mention the subject ever again and if...
  • Discovery in Guatemala finds oldest royal Mayan tomb

    04/06/2011 11:37:16 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 10 replies
    www.physorg.com ^ | 04-06-2011 | Staff
    At the recent Society for American Archaeology meeting in Sacramento, California, archaeologist Michael Callaghan from the University of Texas presented his team's findings from the ancient site of K'o (now modern-day Guatemala) and what they believe to be the oldest known royal Mayan tomb. Excavating under a wealthy home, they discovered a lid leading to a tunnel of about 16 inches wide. Following the tunnel, they discovered a chultan, or storage chamber, where a burial was performed. Within this storage chamber they discovered a body they believe to have been a man in his fifties who was reasonably healthy when...
  • Mayans pray for Obama ahead of visit.....

    03/22/2011 9:09:42 PM PDT · by TaraP · 19 replies
    China Daily ^ | March 22nd, 2011
    CIUDAD ARCE, El Salvador - El Salvador's Maya Indians on Sunday invoked the forces of nature in an ancient ritual to help US President Barack Obama - set to visit the Central American nation - make wise decisions. The ceremony for Obama was part of an annual equinox ritual held by members of the country's Maya community. "We beg the volcanoes, the mountains, and the grandmothers and grandfathers, to call on the energy of the sun to surround ... Obama as he makes decisions," an indigenous shaman named "Tata" Neto said. Five Maya priests, including Neto - also known as...
  • Himmler's crystal skull found in Germany

    03/10/2011 7:09:23 PM PST · by Red Badger · 57 replies
    UPI.com ^ | 03-10-2011 | Staff
    BERLIN, March 10 (UPI) -- A Swiss journalist said a crystal skull believed to have belonged to Nazi SS chief Heinrich Himmler was found hidden in a German home on a roof beam in the home of a woman who was once married to a high-ranking SS officer appears to be one of a series of skulls revered by the Mayans in ancient Mexico, The Daily Mirror reported Thursday. Himmler, who committed suicide after being captured by British troops during World War II was well-known to have been fascinated by myths and legends during his tenure as one of the...
  • Ancient Maya Temples Were Giant Loudspeakers?

    12/30/2010 7:01:44 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies · 437+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | December 16, 2010 | Ker Than
    Centuries before the first speakers and subwoofers, ancient Americans -- intentionally or not -- may have been turning buildings into giant sound amplifiers and distorters to enthrall or disorient audiences, archaeologists say. Temples at the ancient Maya city of Palenque (map) in central Mexico, for example, might have formed a kind of "unplugged" public-address system, projecting sound across great distances, according to a team led by archaeologist Francisca Zalaquett of the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México. Zalaquett's team recently discovered that Palenque's Northern Group of public squares and temples -- built around roughly A.D. 600 -- is especially good at...
  • Mayans converted wetlands to farmland

    12/09/2010 8:01:31 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies
    Nature ^ | November 5, 2010 | Amanda Mascarelli
    Using new techniques and extensive excavations, researchers have found that the Maya coped with tough environmental conditions by developing ingenious methods to grow crops in wetland areas. "The work shows that this intensive agriculture is more complicated and on a par with these other areas of intellectual development," says Timothy Beach, a physical geographer at Georgetown University in Washington DC, who presented his findings on Wednesday at the Geological Society of America (GSA) meeting in Denver, Colorado. The Maya civilization, considered one of the most advanced ancient societies, lived in sprawling and densely populated pockets from the Yucatán Peninsula in...
  • Cuckoo In Cancun

    Environmentalism: Still think those who continue to push the idea of man-made climate change are well-grounded and rational? Think again. Consider Christiana Figueres, executive secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. She opened the U.N's global warming conference last week with a prayer to Ixchel, the Mayan goddess of the moon. This mythological supreme being of fertility is supposed to be good for sending rain for crops. Maybe that's the sort of blessing Figueres had in mind when, from Cancun's — no joke — Moon Palace, she called Ixchel "the goddess of reason, creativity and weaving" and...
  • Pictures: Massive Maya City Revealed by Lasers

    05/21/2010 8:59:04 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 17 replies · 1,428+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | May 20, 2010 | Brian Handwerk
    Maya City in 3-D Airborne lasers have "stripped" away thick rain forests to reveal new images of an ancient Maya metropolis that's far bigger than anyone had thought. An April 2009 flyover of the Maya city of Caracol used Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) equipment—which bounces laser beams off the ground—to help scientists construct a 3-D map of the settlement in western Belize. The survey revealed previously unknown buildings, roads, and other features in just four days, scientists announced earlier this month at the International Symposium on Archaeometry in Tampa, Florida. University of Central Florida anthropologists Arlen and Diane Chase...
  • Mapping Ancient Civilization, in a Matter of Days

    05/10/2010 11:52:12 PM PDT · by Palter · 18 replies · 828+ views
    The New York Times ^ | 10 May 2010 | JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
    For a quarter of a century, two archaeologists and their team slogged through wild tropical vegetation to investigate and map the remains of one of the largest Maya cities, in Central America. Slow, sweaty hacking with machetes seemed to be the only way to discover the breadth of an ancient urban landscape now hidden beneath a dense forest canopy. Even the new remote-sensing technologies, so effective in recent decades at surveying other archaeological sites, were no help. Imaging radar and multispectral surveys by air and from space could not “see” through the trees. Then, in the dry spring season a...
  • UCSB Archaeologist Disputes Common Belief About Collapse of Maya Civilization

    12/19/2009 7:43:25 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 46 replies · 1,356+ views
    University of California, Santa Barbara ^ | December 9, 2009 | Journal of Ethnobiology UCSB, Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara
    ...Anabel Ford, an archaeologist at UC Santa Barbara and director of the university's MesoAmerican Research Center, suggests... that the forest gardens cultivated by the Maya demonstrate their great appreciation for the environment. Her findings are published in the current issue of the Journal of Ethnobiology in an article titled "Origins of the Maya Forest Garden: Maya Resource Management." ...The ancient Maya, who farmed without draft animals or plows, and had access only to stone tools and fire, followed what Ford calls the "milpa cycle." It is an ancient land use system by which a closed canopy forest is transformed into...
  • President Obama Refers to Daughter by Wrong Name During CNN Interview (video)

    09/20/2009 4:41:41 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 123 replies · 4,497+ views
    CNN ^ | Sept. 20, 2009
    Obama's daughter is named Malia. His half-sister's name is Maya. Editor's note: The second clip in this playlist is a post that compares President Obama's statement about Sasha's health to that of Michelle Obama. President Obama seems to be mistaken -- Sasha did not have meningitis.
  • Does anyone have a link to an image of Obama's sister's birth certificate?

    08/08/2009 12:17:08 PM PDT · by meatloaf · 33 replies · 1,758+ views
    Vanity
    I need the image to confirm the fact she has a Hawaiian birth certficate despite being born in Indonesia.
  • Sacred plants of the Maya forest

    06/05/2009 5:06:24 AM PDT · by BGHater · 13 replies · 654+ views
    BBC ^ | 05 June 2009 | Matt Walker
    Some of the Central American rainforest's hidden treasures are being revealed by the Maya, more than a millennium after their passing. A study of the giant trees and beautiful flowers depicted in Maya art has identified which they held sacred. Created during the Maya Classic Period, the depictions are so accurate they could help researchers spot plants with hitherto unknown medicinal uses. The research is published in the journal Economic Botany. Plants played a significant role in the ecology, culture and rituals of the Maya people, whose artwork reflected the rich diversity of plant life around them. But while numerous...
  • UAH casts eye on Maya mystery [global warming shills]

    04/20/2009 9:52:16 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies · 565+ views
    Huntsville Times ^ | Monday, April 20, 2009 | Lee Roop
    What destroyed the ancient Mayan civilization that built sophisticated calendars and ruled the Yucatan peninsula for millennia? The answer may be as simple as they cut down the trees. That's the theory from new scientific research developed in large part through University of Alabama in Huntsville satellite analysis technology, Vice President for Research Dr. John Horack says. The "satellite archaeology" technology and its uses in Central America were in the briefing package prepared for President Obama to take to the Conference of the Americas summit, Horack said... The Mayan findings will be presented to the Society of American Archaeologists meeting...
  • Who's Afraid of the Mayan Calendar?

    03/25/2009 7:23:15 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 44 replies · 1,661+ views
    The London Free Press ^ | March 25, 2009 | Thane Burnett
    Did someone mention Doomsday? For those who miss the good old days of the easygoing 20th century, a shrill reminder of Y2K is back. At least the mounting fear that an upcoming date could be the death of us all. Late last week, Prof. John Beddington, the U.K. government's chief scientist, warned a sustainable development conference that a "perfect storm" of food shortages, scarce water and insufficient energy resources will land on the world's doorstep in 2030. But those souls who can't wait that long to panic, mark 2012 on your armageddon-out-of-here calendar. A growing number of books and blogs...
  • Rare Maya panels found in Guatemala

    03/12/2009 10:57:48 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 14 replies · 1,280+ views
    Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 3/11/09 | Sarah Grainger
    GUATEMALA CITY (Reuters) – Archeologists have uncovered carved stucco panels depicting cosmic monsters, gods and serpents in Guatemala's northern jungle that are the oldest known depictions of a famous Mayan creation myth. The newly discovered panels, both 26 feet long and stacked on top of each other, were created around 300 BC and show scenes from the core Mayan mythology, the Popol Vuh. It took investigators three months to uncover the carvings while excavating El Mirador, the biggest ancient Mayan city in the world, the site's head researcher, Richard Hansen, said on Wednesday. The Maya built soaring temples and elaborate...
  • Vanity Q: Obama's sister's claims??

    12/28/2008 9:56:54 AM PST · by Proud2BAmerican · 28 replies · 1,707+ views
    Me | 12/28/2008 | Me
    I don't know if this is the proper way to format a vanity, but I figured someone on FR would know the answer to this question. I have seen in many Obama-birth-certificate-related articles the claim that Maya Soetoro-Ng has given two different locations for the birth hospital of Obama. Most recently I've seen this claim made in World Net Daily articles on the subject. The problem is that I've been unable to verify this was the case. I've contacted WND, and they've ignored me -- I simply asked for attribution. No response thus far. Does anyone have any reliable proof...
  • Portal to mythical Mayan underworld found

    08/15/2008 5:57:23 AM PDT · by stockpirate · 20 replies · 348+ views
    MSNBC via Reuters ^ | Aug. 14, 2008 | Miguel Angel Gutierrez
    Archaeologists discovered maze of stone temples in underground caves MEXICO CITY - Mexican archeologists have discovered a maze of stone temples in underground caves, some submerged in water and containing human bones, which ancient Mayans believed was a portal where dead souls entered the underworld.