Arthur excavating the famous tomb of the warrior king, Itzamanaaj K’awiil (aka Ruler 2). 1991. Deep within one of the temples of his capitol city, Dos Pilas.
Written By: JOHN NOBLE WILFORD
Source: The New York Times
NASHVILLE— After hacking through tropical jungles in Central America and turning up stones of magnificent temples and tombs, archeologists over the years built up in their minds an idealized image of the Maya people who once flourished where now only wilderness thrives.
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My right-hand man is a brilliant, charismatic artist, my closest collaborator, and sometimes my seriously-armed companion in tough situations. He is what the Maya call my nahual. He is Luis Fernando Luin, but everyone calls him Guicho.
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The Gist: Don’t Mind Us, We’re Just Collapsing – Slate
Arthur Demarest talks with Mike Pesca of Slate about the strengths of our civilizations and the signs of impending collapse.
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Learn Some Lessons from Ancient Civilizations when Sarah Zhang of WIRED Magazine interviews Arthur Demarest of VU.
This WIRED article is short and sweet – only one paragraph long, but it really says a lot.
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Another great casual call with Dr. Arthur Demarest. Ever wonder what it is like to be in charge of running a large archaeological dig? In this short audio, Arthur tells us where the Indiana Jones movies
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Note from C –
So we are working late and the dictation is done, but I kept the recording going. Dr. Demarest was talking about a manuscript he had been asked to review and comment on. All of a sudden he launches into one of his conversations where he talks about the collapse and civilizations today.
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Most of the 36 continuous large scale, multidisciplinary Vanderbilt University projects have investigated previously unknown regions and have produced PhD dissertations and launched the careers of
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Note from C –
I was chatting with Arthur on the phone one day and I asked him what he loved about Guatemala. He was a bit in a rambling mood and I captured it for the website.
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What about the popular books and tv documentaries that link Mayan (and other ancient civilization’s) achievements to extraterrestrials and space aliens? Arthur explains key points to clear up any confusion… Continue reading “Ancient Civilizations and Space Aliens”
Opinion: How this debt-addicted world could go the way of the Mayans
We’re all going to hell in a hand-basket.
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