Dr. Estrada-Belli’s dig continues to unveil important keys to Maya history. With MAI’s help, he is protecting sites at Holmul, where the pottery sherds below were found. Dr. Nina Nievins unearthed a massive Maya mask at Holmul, visited by Sarah Mott, Sam Haswell and Clay Haswell. The miniature carved head was found at a new dig at Dos Aguadas, funded in part by National Geographic. At Cival, thought to be the oldest of all royal Maya cities , MAI helps fund guards protecting against looters.
Elementary school teachers from throughout the Peten region received new laptop computers from MAI’s Francisco-Estrada Belli and Clayton Haswell. The computers were the first in all ten schools, many of which have more than 500 students.
When MAI learned that the hospital in Melchor had run out of critical medicines, a matching grant was arranged by Board member Marco Gross, enabling the hospital to receive a truckload of antibiotics and other urgently needed medications they had lacked for six months. The hospital serves a large Maya population throughout the region.
A new outdoor dormitory is under construction at the archaeological site at Holmul. Dedicated to former Board member Roger “Chopper” Lyon, who died in a plane crash while carrying doctors to a free clinic in Mexico, will be an open-air “palapa” and will house international students.
A grant from the Maya Archaeology Initiative purchased steel bars to prevent break-ins at a warehouse used by the Guatemalan government to protect priceless Mayan antiquities. The warehouse in Melchor de Mencos on the Guatemalan border with Belize has had repeated break-ins and vandalism.