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.
June 13, 2001 |
More than 1,500 years ago, Maya priest-kings built dozens of pyramids just tall enough to poke above the suffocating jungle here and reach the cooling breezes of a nearby lake. They also carved dozens of stone monuments, erected handball courts and laid out the streets of their city in a grid, a departure from the sprawling confusion of most other contemporaneous Maya cities.
August 17, 1994 |
Two rightist parties have captured enough seats in Guatemala's new legislature to change the constitution. The Guatemalan Republican Front, led by former dictator and retired Gen. Jose Efrain Rios Montt, won 32 seats in the 80-seat Congress elected Sunday. The National Advanced Party won 24 seats. Results were announced Monday. The results raised the possibility that Rios Montt could run for the presidency, a post he held for about 17 months after seizing power in a 1982 coup.
November 12, 1990 |
A conservative, born-again Christian jumped to an early lead in Guatemala's presidential election today, but it appeared that the contest would have to be decided by a runoff in January. Jorge Serrano Elias, 45, whose resume ranges from close collaboration with one of Guatemala's last dictators to a stint on a national commission promoting democracy and peace talks with leftist rebels, led with 28.09% of the vote with about 21% of the total counted.
January 15, 1986 |
In an emotional ceremony before an array of international dignitaries, 43-year-old Vinicio Cerezo was inaugurated Tuesday as the first civilian president of Guatemala in 16 years. Cerezo, a populist-style Christian Democrat, succeeded Gen. Oscar Mejia Victores as chief of state. Mejia was the third general to rule the country through coups and rigged elections since the late 1970s.
April 30, 1998 |
Roman Catholic Bishop Juan Jose Gerardi was buried Wednesday in a ceremony that served to remind all of Central America of the perils of trying to discover the truth about its war-torn past. Gerardi, 75, was brutally killed Sunday, two days after he released a detailed study of human rights violations during Guatemala's 35-year civil war.