Friday, July 06, 2007

Archaeologists gather to share theories, discoveries
For the past four years, archaeologists working in Belize have met annually to share their findings with each other and the public.

This year’s discussions, to be held over the next three days, will focus on the Post Classic Maya Culture. That was the period when the ancient civilisation was undergoing dramatic changes in its system of governance. Some archaeologists believe that following uprisings by the masses, dictatorship by the royals was replaced by a loose form of democracy. But around that same time, the Spanish arrived in the New World and the conquistadors were determined to convert the Maya to Christianity. That conversion was not always smooth as archaeologists continue to unearth evidence of a rebellion against the new religion.

Their main page has a tab devoted to archaeology. Sadly, the last item before this was over a year ago.