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Maya Mysteriums

To experience another culture is to grasp the truth of a metaphor. To seek something out is to dig, and so I did. I crossed pathways with LSU archaeologist, Dr. Heather Mckillop, when I learned of her research on the Classic Maya civilization. Through this process, I realized that there is a certain subjective nature to the scientific study of archaeology. However, it was her personal stories from journeys abroad, and the stories from other Mesoamerican archaeologists, which captured my enthusiasm for this project. I collected footage online, and remixed it into an archival exploration of Maya culture, from both past and present times.


I sense that the future holds something beautiful in the balance of art and science collaborations. I believe that even though Dr. Heather and I possess different ideas, we will always share the same ideal. We both desire to protect and preserve ancient cultures and their withstanding mysteries that continue to baffle researchers. The society we currently live in today is not the result of a natural process, but is the result of outside invasions and the aftermaths of those efforts. It is time for horizon lines separating us from each other to diminish, and for each society to treat each culture with the respect and equality all deserve. This is essential in order for the planet to evolve in consciousness, as it continues to revolve in space, as it has done for the many cycles that have come before.

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Researchers try to answer mystery of saintly skull

Researchers try to answer mystery of saintly skull | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The skull of Roskilde Cathedral's patron saint was one of the most important relics in medieval Denmark. Now a team of scientists have discovered that the skull is not that of St. Lucius.
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Why even an old ruin can be so elevating for the human spirit - The Guardian

Why even an old ruin can be so elevating for the human spirit - The Guardian | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Rachel Cooke: Lovely old buildings such as Lowther Castle gladden the heart – and provide a perspective our politicians would do well to remember
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Marine Aggregates Protocol for Archaeological Discoveries.

Marine Aggregates Protocol for Archaeological Discoveries. | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
  Wessex Archaeology’s Coastal & Marine’s Peta Knott has been visiting wharves in Kent to raise awareness of the Marine Aggregates Protocol
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Turkey needs its women, Mr Erdogan

Turkey needs its women, Mr Erdogan | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Erdogan and the EU should do more for Turkish women if they care about the country's future. But instead, they are digging holes
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Working together came from fighting each other

Working together came from fighting each other | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The question of how humans evolved a higher intelligence required for complex collaborative activities has long puzzled evolutionary biologists.
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Secrets of the Staffordshire Hoard: Skills of the Saxon smiths revealed

Secrets of the Staffordshire Hoard: Skills of the Saxon smiths revealed | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Birmingham’s flourishing jewellery quarter has created stunning replicas of a number of the most famous Hoard items for the new displays, including this breathtaking reconstruction of the folded cross, depicted in all its unfurled glory with...
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Could rare sword have belonged to Ivan the Terrible?

Could rare sword have belonged to Ivan the Terrible? | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Intrigue over how German-made 12th century blade, adorned in Sweden, reached Siberia.
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International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works's curator insight, December 1, 8:44 AM

The weapon was unearthed by accident  in 1975 and remains the only weapon of its kind ever found in Siberia. 

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New Preservative Could Save Ancient Ships for Archaeologists - Scientific American

New Preservative Could Save Ancient Ships for Archaeologists - Scientific American | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Chemical based on shrimp protein could preserve famous wooden ships like the Mary Rose
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Fragment of ancient grave stele unearthed at Kerameikos in Athens

Fragment of ancient grave stele unearthed at Kerameikos in Athens | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The stele almost certainly marked a grave within the important Athenian cemetery, but appears to have been re-used at a later date as a sewer cover.
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Intact Macedonian Tomb Discovered in Northern Greece - Archaeology Magazine

Intact Macedonian Tomb Discovered in Northern Greece - Archaeology Magazine | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
RT @archaeologymag: A gold-plated bronze vase has been unearthed in an intact 4th-century B.C. tomb in Greece http://t.co/Gngpbk3CLN http:/…
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Is this what Siberian men used to shave in 2000BC? - The Siberian Times

Is this what Siberian men used to shave in 2000BC? - The Siberian Times | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Archaeologists intrigued by discovery of Bronze Age razor blade in Novosibirsk region.
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Archaeology for All: improving the experience of the hearing impaired community

Archaeology for All: improving the experience of the hearing impaired community | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Friday 5th December 2014 The aim of the training is to widen access to the historic environment for individuals with hearing impairment,
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5,000 year-old footprints in the sand capture a moment in time

5,000 year-old footprints in the sand capture a moment in time | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
An unusual find of 5,000-year-old human footprints provides an insight into the everyday lives and challenges of the local population.
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International Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works's curator insight, November 15, 5:33 PM

An unusual find of 5,000-year-old human footprints provides an insight into the everyday lives and challenges of the local population

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Montezuma's gold hidden in Kanab? History Channel goes on Aztec treasure ... - St George News

Montezuma's gold hidden in Kanab? History Channel goes on Aztec treasure ... - St George News | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
SOUTHERN UTAH – H2, a History Channel network, will air a new episode of the hit show “America Unearthed” Saturday night. The episode, which follows host Scott Wolter’s search for Montezuma’s legendary treasure, was filmed in Kanab.
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Amphipolis Press Conference: Archaeologists reveal new secrets of ancient tomb at Kasta Hill

Amphipolis Press Conference: Archaeologists reveal new secrets of ancient tomb at Kasta Hill | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The Greek archaeological and research team who have spent the past few months excavating the enormous tomb of Amphipolis in northern Greece, have given their first complete presentation of the excavat...
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Ancient coins found in Greece's mystery tomb - Phys.Org

Ancient coins found in Greece's mystery tomb - Phys.Org | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Coins featuring the face of Alexander the Great have been found at the largest tomb ever unearthed in Greece, where archaeologists are hunting for clues to solve the mystery of who lies buried there.
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Excavating WWI practice trenches in Cumbria

Excavating WWI practice trenches in Cumbria | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
As part of a Heritage Lottery Fund community project, established by internationally-renowned, artist-led company Art Gene Associates, Bristol archaeologist Dr George Nash and former Bristol MA gra...
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'Underwater Pompeii' found off the coast of Greek island Delos - The Independent

'Underwater Pompeii' found off the coast of Greek island Delos - The Independent | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Archaeologists have discovered an ancient settlement lying beneath the Aegean Sea, just off the coast of the Greek island of Delos.
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Were the ancient Romans more kinky than you? - Telegraph.co.uk

Were the ancient Romans more kinky than you? - Telegraph.co.uk | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The new Institute of Sexology in London shows that humans have been fascinated by weird sex for thousands of years
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Ancient Aboriginal rock art site found in suburban Sydney

Ancient Aboriginal rock art site found in suburban Sydney | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
An Ancient Aboriginal site discovered in a Sydney suburb could date back tens of thousands of years.
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Fred Stenson's curator insight, November 20, 12:03 PM

OK not either of Canada's Sydneys but this harkens back to the time of universal language.

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Dates from Viking fortress confirm it could have been built by Harald Bluetooth

Dates from Viking fortress confirm it could have been built by Harald Bluetooth | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Two samples were taken from the outermost tree rings of charred logs found in the northern gateway of the fortress. The results are almost identical to each other, showing the fortress was built sometime between the 10th and 11th centuries AD.
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Late Bronze Age population collapse needs new explanation

Late Bronze Age population collapse needs new explanation | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A commonly held assumption that climate change accounted for the significant fall in population at the end of the Bronze Age, needs a new explanation, say a group of researchers.
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Latrines, sewers show varied ancient Roman diet

Latrines, sewers show varied ancient Roman diet | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Archaeologists picking through latrines, sewers, cesspits and trash dumps at Pompeii and Herculaneum have found tantalizing clues to an apparently varied diet there before the eruption of Mount Vesuvius destroyed those Roman cities in 79 A.D.
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Joy Kinley's curator insight, November 17, 9:12 AM

Trash and sewers show a lot about a culture.  It sounds disgusting going through a sewer but these sewers and cesspits haven't been used for hundreds of years so the smell at least is gone.

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9 World Heritage Sites That Will Leave You in Awe - Yahoo Travel

9 World Heritage Sites That Will Leave You in Awe - Yahoo Travel | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
UNESCO was created in 1945 as a means to help ensure the preservation of our natural, cultural, and intellectual heritage. Of the nearly 1,000 awe-inspiring UNESCO World Heritage sites, the following places should be at the top of your list.
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HERITAGE MAKES YOU HAPPY

HERITAGE MAKES YOU HAPPY | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Taking part in heritage is good for our happiness and wellbeing, according to this year’s Heritage Counts report published yesterday by English Heritage on behalf of England’s leading heritage orga...
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Nikauly Vargas Arias's curator insight, November 19, 2:36 PM

Resultados del informe anual "El patrimonio cuenta" publicado por English Heritage.