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A search in the Northeast of Guatemala for amazing plants used by the Maya as flavorings for cacao
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A search in the Northeast of Guatemala for amazing plants used by the Maya as flavorings for cacao

On  April 5th, 2024, our expedition team went to the Northeast of Guatemala in search of 4 different native plants that are locally used as flavorings for cacao. Finding them and learning about them would enrich the research we have conducted so far on the cacao drink and the flavorings for cacao. These species are:  …

A Closer Look at Marine Species in Classic Maya Art
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A Closer Look at Marine Species in Classic Maya Art

Spondylus spp. Property of Centro de Estudios del Mar y Acuicultura (CEMA), Universidad de San Carlos de Guatemala (USAC). Photo by Victor Mendoza, 2022. Mayan art was developed in southeastern Mesoamerica during the Late Preclassic period and flourished in the Classic period. It includes architectural structures, stone sculptures, carved wooden pieces, murals, writing, books, ceramics,…

Tikal: Guatemala’s Cultural and Natural Heritage Site in the Heart of the Maya Forest
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Tikal: Guatemala’s Cultural and Natural Heritage Site in the Heart of the Maya Forest

In Guatemala we have a very strong cultural heritage, with a unique combination of Maya, European and Caribbean influences. Guatemala’s Mayan cultural heritage is specifically strong, representing the diversity of over twenty different Mayan groups, each with different languages, traditional ethnic wears, colors, foods and worldviews. They all share some similarities, some more than others,…

Symbiosis: Mastering the Harmony of Coexistence on Valentine’s Day
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Symbiosis: Mastering the Harmony of Coexistence on Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is a good day to celebrate love, affection, friendship and all types of relationships, from the most beneficial to those that could be a little harmful. There is no better way to do this than by talking about the relationships that exist in nature and in the ecosystems that surround us. Scientifically, relationships…

The role of carbon sinks in mitigating climate change and their current status
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The role of carbon sinks in mitigating climate change and their current status

Nature has unique resources to regulate the temperature on the planet. Known as carbon sinks, which are natural deposits such as oceans, forests, and soils that absorb and sequester carbon dioxide (CO2) from the atmosphere, reducing its presence in the air and increasing oxygen (O2) concentrations. The main carbon sinks were from the production of…

Iconography of Cosmology of Early Classic and Late Classic Maya World View: Sky Band Above – Earth Band Below and Surface of the Underwaterworld Band
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Iconography of Cosmology of Early Classic and Late Classic Maya World View: Sky Band Above – Earth Band Below and Surface of the Underwaterworld Band

This PowerPoint presentation will show scenes not available elsewhere. If you are a student you will find topics for your BA thesis, MA thesis or your PhD dissertation. If you are a professor this PPTx provides you digital rollouts by Nicholas Hellmuth that have never previously been published. You have permission to download any and…