Mundo Maya Blog
About this blog
Travelers to Mexico, Guatemala, Belize, and Honduras in 2012 can expect a yearlong celebration of Maya culture, past and present—and Moon Maya 2012 author Joshua Berman is blogging about all of it.
- Maya 2012: A Round-up of Celebrations in Mexico, Guatemala, Belize & Honduras
- Reporting for National Geographic on Maya winter solstice in Belize
- Maya calendar cycle celebrated throughout Central America
- Feliz B'aktun! The New Dawn is Here: The First Sunrise in Caracol, Belize
- Maya Calendar 101: What Does “December 21, 2012” Really Mean?
- Gifts for Mayaphiles
- Books on the Maya: Suggested Reading for 2012
- Izapa Sunrise Story by Mary Jo McConahay
- Tranquilo Radio Tour 2012: Seven hours straight of talking about travel
- Tune in this Wednesday! Maya 2012 author Josh Berman on a radio show near you!
- End Maya-Aztec calendar confusion now!
- Q&A with Maya Experts on Satellite Imagery of Archaeological Sites
- Maya response to 'doomsday' 2012 stories
- Only a couple of rooms left for "The Great Return: Copan 2012" tour of a lifetime!
- 5 Questions about Traveling in the Mundo Maya for Rafael Garcia
Exciting Stream of Discoveries in the Mundo Maya
One of the most fascinating things about the Mundo Maya is the rate of scientific progress that is made in the worlds of archaeology, iconography, and anthropology. Just last week, for example, at the Takálik Ab´aj archaeological site in western Guatemala, "a necklace of more than 70 beads of jadeite of different forms and outstanding beauty" was found during a dig. (Read the full Guatemala Times article, "Unique discovery of jade necklace from ancient Mayan ruler at Tak’alik Ab’aj.")
Then a few days ago, scientists using a mass spectrometer found traces of nicotine and tobacco on a Maya flask from about 700 A.D. ("Mass Spectrometry Detects First Physical Evidence of Nicotine in Mayan Container").
In addition, gigantic advances have been made in the understanding of Maya writing. Where less than 10 percent of hieroglyphics were understood about 50 years ago, iconographers now understand over 90 percent.
In 2012, extra-curious visitors to the region can join special tours and packages led by the same archaeologists making these discoveries, creating enormous learning opportunities -- and your own discoveries.