PACUNAM fundraiser event in NYC benefits MAI

PACUNAM fundraiser event in NYC benefits MAI

New York, May 16, 2012.  

In New York’s New Museum in May, more than 60 VIP guests, gathered for the Pacunam Foundation’s benefit evening to discover the majesty and mystery of ancient Mayan civilizations, with the support of the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation-USA. Pacunam is the foundation for Maya cultural and natural heritage. MAI’s Dr. Francisco Estrada-Belli spoke about Cival, a key site in the study of Maya civilization and for the sustainable conservation of the Guatemalan rainforest. Read More

MAI and PACUNAM join forces to protect Maya Biosphere

On March 26, 2012 MAI and PACUNAM signed an agreement to join efforts in gathering support and executing projects for the protection of wildlife and cultural resources in the Maya Biosphere Reserve of Guatemala. PACUNAM (Fundacion Patrimonio Cultural y Natural Maya – is the most prominent Guatemalan NGO working to foster the sustainable development of archaeological sites and their unique tropical forest in northern Guatemala for the benefit of local communities. Pacunam’s recent project have been focused on the Carmelita community and Mirador region of northern Peten. With the new agreement, both MAI and Pacunam, two organization with common vision and goals, will expand their focus to inlcude new sites and increase fundraising opportunities in Guatemala and abroad. This partnership will undoutedtly result in many benefits for the protection of Guatemalan cultural and natural resources and for improving the quality of life of local communities.



Estrada-Belli nominated National Geographic Explorer

On January 24, 2012 the National Geographic Society named MAI’s Francisco Estrada-Belli among its Explorers.

Among National Geographic Explorers also figure oceanographer Robert Ballard, discoverer of the Titanic, primatologist Jane Googall,  paleoanthropologist Lee Burger, author Jared Damond (Guns, Germs and Steel), egyptian archaeologist Zahi Hawass and many other distinguished scholars in the fields of conservation, biology and zoology.

Estrada-Belli is one among 13 archaeology explorers. He is the only Mayanist and the only Guatemalan in the NatGeo list.

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Inicio de los Mayas mas antiguo que se pensaba

El Inicio de la cultura Maya no fue debido a influencia Olmeca dijo Estrada-Belli en la VII Mesa Redonda de Palenque este lunes pasado en la cual se reunieron 25 de los mas distinguidos arqueologos y otros investigadores de esta cultura.

Lea mas en el reporte del Diario de Palenque


The beginnings of Maya culture were not due to Olmec influence said Estrada-Belli on Monday at the VII Mesa Redonda de Palenque attended by 25 among the most distinguished scholars in archaeology and related fields.


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