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By Neal Lineback and Mandy Lineback Gritzner, Geography in the NewsTM The Banana Story An interesting book published in 2012 detailed the life of Samuel “Sam the Banana Man” Zemurray. Therein lies an interesting economic geography of international intrigue and business success with lessons to be learned today about international trade by large corporations. Zemurray,…
The International Maya Symposium held every year in Guatemala City brings the best archaeological discoveries of the season to the National Museum. It is a gathering of academics, scientists, epigraphers, the public and archaeology students that currently participate in research projects. Thanks to an initiative by Missions Programs SVP Sarah Laskin and EVP Terry Garcia,…
What does it mean for a civilization to collapse? Are we destined to follow suit? Archaeologists working around the world conclude a week-long conference with their perspectives.
Why did ancient civilizations begin with the building of such huge monuments? Archaeologists working around the world share their reflections.
After days of presentations on five of the world’s great ancient civilizations, archaeologists from sites all around the world debate and discuss the meaning of civilization and what we can learn today from the lessons of the past.
The ancient Maya are well known for their overgrown temple ruins and striking carved and painted art. Speakers at the Dialogue of Civilizations unveil the origins of this captivating culture.
During the past two weeks I have been fortunate to coordinate with a project funded by USAID, United for Atitlan. This group of local and international scientists has been integral in developing a lake monitoring system for Lake Atitlan and I’d like to bring to light some of their project goals and my experience working with such a dynamic crew.
Follow along as Young Explorer Grantee Sarah Calhoun discovers the rhythms of live among traditional fishermen, hoping to use their knowledge to better monitor and protect their beautiful natural environment.
It has long been debated whether a Maya glyph refers to an apocalypse that will arrive in 2012, and now the Mexican Institute of Archaeology has acknowledged that there may be a second reference to the date on a brick discovered years ago at the Comalcalco ruin. With royal palaces, strategic alliances and bloodshed, the Maya civilization hardly needs doomsday prophecies to add drama, so revisit National Geographic content on the Maya and the Mayanists who study them. Then take an interactive 20-question quiz on the Maya.
Vanilla is the No. 1 flavor for ice cream in the U.S., which consumes most of the world’s vanilla supply. The spice is produced from the fruit, or “beans,” of two orchid species, Vanilla tahitensis (in the photo) and Vanilla planifolia. Only about five percent of natural vanilla used in food comes from V. tahitensis,…