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Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

Indiana Jones: Myth, Reality and 21st Century Archaeology

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September 12th 2012:Who Were the Ancient Maya?

Scholars and the general public alike are fascinated by the ancient Maya, a people whose culture and domain extended from southern and eastern Mexico into Guatemala, Belize, Honduras, and El Salvador. We are collectively captivated by theories of the predicted demise of civilization and the ostensible secrets of the Mayan calendar. But truth can sometimes be more intriguing than fiction. Much of what we know about the Maya has been culled by our understanding of their unique "wetlands" landscape and the adaptations they made to that tropical and forested environment. Mayan engineering technolo

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Tim Beach

Tim Beach holds the Cinco Hermanos Chair in Environment and International Affairs and is Professor of Geography and Geoscience at Georgetown University. He has conducted field research in the US Corn Belt, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Syria, Turkey, and Germany funded by the National Science Foundation, the National Geographic Society, USAID, USIA, and Georgetown University. Based on these field studies, he has published many articles and chapters and has made numerous scientific presentations around the world. His research focuses on soil and agricultural systems, environmental change, and geoarchaeology. He also teaches courses in environmental science and physical geography (clim
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Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach

Sheryl Luzzadder-Beach is Professor of Geography at the George Mason University. She received her B.A. from California State University-Chico (1982), M.A and Ph.D. from University of Minnesota-Minneapolis (1984, 1990). Her research and teaching specialties are in Hydrology and Water Quality, Geoarchaeology, Earth Systems Science, Spatial Statistics, Global Change, and Gender and Science. Dr. Luzzadder Beach has conducted field research in California, Iceland, Mexico, Belize, Guatemala, Turkey, and Syria. She has published numerous book chapters and journal articles spanning fields from geography, geology, and archaeology to ethnobiology.
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