Excavations yield keys to pre-Classic Maya history

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.

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Providing medical help

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.

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New dormitory at Holmul

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.

The archaeology crew at Holmul leaves for a day of digging.

The archaeology crew at Holmul leaves for a day of digging.

International students gather at the Holmul site.

International students gather at the Holmul site.

Sam Haswell, Francisco-Estrada-Belli, and Clay Haswell at the dedication of the dorm for Chopper Lyon.

Sam Haswell, Francisco-Estrada-Belli, and Clay Haswell at the dedication of the dorm for Chopper Lyon.

Preserving antiquities

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.

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