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from http://au.totaltravel.yahoo.com/news-opinions/news/a/-/14844393/fascinating-new-discovery-at-machu-picchu-peru/

Archaeologists have made a fascinating discovery at the Incan citadel of Machu Picchu in Peru. A tomb, thought to belong to a high ranking member of the Inca Empire, has been uncovered in a cave at the archaeological complex and is creating more intrigue around this ‘lost city’ of the Incas.

The tomb is strategically placed on a hill facing the wall of Machu Picchu, indicating the importance of the person buried inside. Specialists are examining the tomb but have not found any bones or ornaments inside which is due to raiding that took place at Machu Picchu before the site was conserved and protected.


from http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/the_americas/controversy-in-mexico-over-changes-to-and-use-of-mayan-palaces-aztec-pyramids/2012/08/28/e1c8861a-ee1a-11e1-b0eb-dac6b50187ad_story.html

Mexicans are taught to revere their pre-Columbian roots. So some archaeologists are outraged by what they view as the government’s failure to safeguard the nation’s Mayan palaces and Aztec pyramids.

A recent decision by the government to erect a glass-and-steel facade on a portion of the historic Fort of Guadalupe in Puebla in time for the Sept. 15 Mexican independence celebrations was the last straw. The archaeologists have occupied Mexico’s prestigious National Museum of Anthropology, telling visitors that taking liberties with federally protected buildings was becoming commonplace.



Mexican experts entered for the first time a 1,500-year-old funerary chamber in Palenque believed to contain the remains of one of the first rulers of this Mayan city, officials said.
A multidisciplinary team from the National Anthropology and History Institute, or INAH, began exploring the mortuary chamber that could hold the remains of K'uk Bahlam I, who came to power in 431 A.D. and founded the dynasty to which the famed Mayan ruler Pakal belonged.

The University of Utah is disbanding an 8-year-old center devoted to documenting and preserving indigenous languages, framing the move as the best way to focus on Utah’s tribal tongues.

However, the U. will severely narrow the scope of these efforts, a shift from the Center for American Indian Languages’ (CAIL) current work on languages across the New World, particularly in South and Central America. The "restructuring" will "enable greater efficiency and coordination within the college and university-wide," officials said in an Aug. 31 announcement.

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Far less clear is what will become of some initiatives started or nurtured under the leadership of the center’s founder, Lyle Campbell, well-known among linguists for documenting native languages before they fall silent.
From http://today.uconn.edu/blog/2012/09/nobel-peace-laureate-rigoberta-menchu-to-give-unesco-human-rights-lecture/

Rigoberta Menchú Tum, the first Indigenous woman and the youngest person ever to receive the Nobel Peace Prize, will deliver the UNESCO Chair & Institute of Comparative Human Rights Lecture at UConn on Tuesday, Sept. 11, at 4 p.m. in the Student Union Theatre.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to Menchú Tum, who will discuss “Human Rights and Social Justice” in her address.


From http://www.kwtx.com/ourtown/home/headlines/Waco-Lecture-Offers-Insight-Into-Decoding-The-Mayan-Calendar--168474456.html

WACO (September 3, 2012)--The first of a short series of lectures on decoding the Mayan 2012 calendar will take place at Baylor's Mayborn Museum Complex Thursday.

Michael Callaghan, Ph.D. an assistant professor in anthropology at Southern Methodist University will speak at 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. in the SBC Theater at the museum.

The next lecture, to be about Mayan religion, will take place September 13 at 3 p.m., also in the theater.

"The Dance of the Monkeys: a Video Documentary of a Maya Medicine Community" will be presented at 6 p.m.

Lectures are free and will be open to the public.


Maya Murals Found in Family Kitchen


If these walls could talk, they'd solve a Maya mystery.

Five years ago Lucas Asicona Ramírez (far right, pictured with family) began scraping his walls while renovating his home in the Guatemalan village of Chajul. As the plaster fell away, a multi-wall Maya mural saw light for the first time in centuries, according to archaeologist Jarosław Źrałka, who recently revealed the finds to National Geographic News.
From http://news.discovery.com/history/mayan-theater-120905.html
A unique Mayan theater has been unearthed in Mexico, according to researchers from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH).

Found at the archaeological site of Plan de Ayutla, in Ocosingo, Chiapas, the 1,200-year-old theater did not seem to be a place for art and culture, but was rather used by Mayan elite to legitimize their power and subjugate local minority groups.



Robin Blotnick has worked as a freelance editor, and as a developer at Walden Media. His current project, "Gods and Kings," is a feature documentary about media, magic and popular culture in the Mayan highlands of Guatemala. If it is anything like his award-winning entry for our ViewChange Online Film Contest — Chocolate Country — then we want to see it! Chocolate Country is a catchy story about a group of guitar-plucking cacao farmers in the Dominican Republic. In the Huffington Post, Blotnick describes the idea behind his work:

“The story I set out to tell was the story of chocolate itself. I wanted to show city people what a mazorca of cacao looks like when it's cut open to reveal its syrupy white seeds. And I wanted to reveal the faces of the men and women who grow and harvest the ingredients for our chocolate bars.”


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