- Posted April 5, 2011 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
'Raiders' turns 30: Your archaeology adventures
Can you pronounce YAXHA?
The Ancient Mayan World is as captivating as it is puzzling. Across Central America, the remains of this sophisticated culture can be seen all around, with more being uncovered daily. Yet, its fairly sudden disappearance remains a largely unsolved mystery...
And Guatemala is a Mayan treasure land, with thousands of sites registered and thousands more still buried in the jungles, yet to be uncovered.
During a recent trip to Guatemala, I went on a Mayan site tour with Dieter Richter, a Mayan Monument Conservator (in the Peten region). Dieter, a trained architect who has specialized in the preservation of Mayan constructions, works tirelessly with his archaeologist and anthropologist colleagues to uncover and preserve Guatemala's countless Mayan treasures.
Together, we toured the incredible site of Yaxha, so that I could learn a bit more about how he and his colleagues are unearthing the Mayan world and solving its countless mysteries.
PS - You truly will be surprised how YAXHA is pronounced!
Produced and Hosted by
Percy von Lipinski
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Special thanks to
BikeHike Adventures (www.bikehike.com) for facilitating this fascinating tour with Dieter Richter.