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No. Nobody found Mayan ruins in Georgia

  I hate to lend any dignity to this story by commenting on it, but it's making the rounds, so here goes. Two things: 1. Nobody found Mayan ruins in the U.S. state of Georgia. An article posted on The...

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The last thing I will post about apocalypse in 2012

Seriously. If you haven't figured out by now that the world is not ending and that any Mayan predictions claiming otherwise are largely fabricated pseudoarchaeology, then I'm not sure that I can help...

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Guatemala: at long last, ex-dictator Rios Montt in court over possible...

Cloths embroidered with signs are seen in front of the Supreme Court of Justice in Guatemala City January 26, 2012. Former Guatemalan dictator Efrain Rios Montt, who ruled the country from 1980-1982...

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In Guatemala, pirate Mayan radio connects marginalized indigenous communities

I missed this great read published a few months back by photojournalist Connor Boals in Columbia Journalism Review, but it's worth revisiting now: a story about the indigenous pirate radio stations...

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Newly-discovered Mayan calendar in Guatemala proves (again) the world won't...

William Saturno, a Boston University archeologist, excavates a mural in a house in Xultun. Photo: Tyrone Turner © 2012 National Geographic An archaeological expedition in the northeastern lowlands of...

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How to: Tell time like the ancient Maya

I promised to not speak of Schmapocalypse Miffy Melve on BoingBoing anymore, and I am standing by that. However, I do think that I would be remiss not to point you toward this nifty, interactive...

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Guatemala genocide trial: Day 6. "If I die, the story of what I lived will...

Photo: NISGUA. A witness testifies in the trial of Rios Montt, with aid of court-appointed Nebaj Ixil interpreter. As Emi McLean writes on the Open Society Justice Initiative's blog about the genocide...

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NYT op-ed: "On the Brink of Justice in Guatemala"

Anita Isaacs, in a NYT op-ed: "I have spent the past 15 years researching and writing about postwar justice in Guatemala. I am encouraged that, a decade and a half after peace accords ended 36 years of...

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Pop culture monsters redesigned in Mayan art style

Mexican artist Monica Robles Corzo created a cool mashup of modern monsters and Mayan iconography for her Mayanizations series, like this reimagining of the Alien Xenomorph. (more…)

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Clapping at this Mayan temple echoes back as a quetzal bird call

Clapping in front of the Mayan Temple of Kukulcan in the ruins of Chichen Itza echoes back with a sound that mimics the colorful native quetzal bird. Kukulkan was a feathered serpent similar to the...

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Kiddie board games imagined as horror flicks

By his own admission, Nashville merchandise designer Justin Bryant loves scary movies. So, with this six-poster series, he's imagined innocent kids' board games like Hungry Hippos, Cooties, and Mouse...

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McDonald's offers "brass knuckles" in edgy collab

The J Balvin** x McDonald's collaboration leads with a surprising product – what are essentially a set of brass knuckles adorned with the golden arches. They call this product the Arches Double Ring...

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This Mayan language animated short film is just one of dozens in indigenous...

Back in 2013, filmmaker Gabriela Badillo launched a new collaborative project called 68 Voices, 68 Hearts, an "animated series of Mexican indigenous stories narrated in their original language, raised...

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How to talk about time in a language that doesn't have any tenses

The Maya language doesn't acknowledge time, not even with prepositions like "before" and "after." These kinds of linguistic tics are often overlooked or outright lost when we talk about translation,...

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Resurrecting an ancient Mesoamerican sport

In this BBC Reel, they look at the resurgence of a Mayan ball sport, called Juego de Pelota, which is approximately 3,000 years old. It was played by the Maya, the Aztecs, and the Inca. The soccer-like...

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