September 8, 2000 |
A royal palace and the remains of an ancient Maya city--one of the richest yet known--were recently found deep in a neglected part of a Guatemalan rain forest, scientists announced Thursday. The site, called Cancuen, has been known for a century but was generally dismissed as a place of little interest. Now Vanderbilt University archeologist Arthur Demarest says an enormous three-story palace showing signs of extraordinary riches is hidden within a tree-covered mound of rock, debris and dirt.
January 20, 1993 |
If you're bored to tears with today's coverage of the Clinton ascension, there is a decent "and now, something completely different" alternative on PBS tonight. "Lost Kingdoms of the Maya," a "National Geographic" special (at 8 p.m. on KCET-TV Channel 28 and KPBS-TV Channel 15, and 7 p.m. on KVCR-TV Channel 24), is a leisurely look at the Maya world of today and past, and it couldn't be more removed from the Capitol hoopla.
September 19, 2002 |
A hieroglyphic stairway exposed last fall by a hurricane at the Maya city of Dos Pilas tells the story of the brutal and bloody war between two superpowers that were trying to dominate their known world. A new translation of the epic tale fills a vital 60-year gap in Maya history during a period that set the stage for the ultimate collapse of the Maya civilization.
April 24, 2004 |
A magnificent stone panel unearthed from a royal ball court in the late-Maya capital of Cancuen shows that the Pasion River kingdom was thriving even as other Maya capitals were disintegrating in the last stages of the ancient civilization. The slab, which shows Cancuen's King Taj Chan Ahk extending his power by installing a subordinate king in the nearby city of Machaquila, "is one of the greatest masterpieces of Maya art ever discovered in Guatemala," according to epigrapher Federico Fahsen.
October 14, 1990 |
THE JUNGLE IS SO THICK THAT ARTHUR Demarest and the archeological inspector assigned to him don't see the army platoon until the comandante is in their path, demanding identification. Demarest has plenty: documents from Guatemala's History and Anthropology Institute, a gold-sealed letter from National Geographic and even a notarized Spanish translation of his Harvard diploma.
November 14, 1989 |
A UCLA archeologist has identified what is apparently the earliest major center of Mayan civilization yet found, a discovery that extends the era of Mayan cities back four centuries into a period that was thought to be dominated by simple village life.